On Wednesday, March 6, 2013, Bertha Dean Hayine Martin mercifully left this world of time to live forever in eternity. Her strong spirit will be missed by many. Her passing reminds us that life is uncertain, but death is sure.
Bertha was born into time on June 8, 1950, in Bluff City, Arkansas to the union of Finis and Macy Ella Sims Hayine.
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at a tender age and united with St. John Baptist Church. Bertha was blessed with a golden voice and was a member of the Martin Gospel Singers. Her trademark song was “Lord, Don’t Move My Mountain”.
She was a 1968 graduate of McRae High School in Prescott. She possessed an infectious smile that would chase the chill from any room. She lived life to the fullest and there was never a dull moment when she was around.
Bertha was a proud mother and made several sacrifices to ensure that Clifton always had what he needed. She always wore a beautiful smile and would offer words of encouragement if she felt the person was in need. She not only “talked the talk”, she “walked the walk.” Bertha has truly left her family a legacy of LOVE.
Family gatherings and being with her friends were always a source of joy. Throughout her life she was a devoted and committed mother, wife, daughter, sister, loving grandmother, aunt, faithful and trusted friend. She was preceded in death by her father, Finis Hayine; three brothers, Finis Lee Hayine, Lee Artis Hayine, and Artis Lee Hayine, and one sister, Arlean Sorrells.
Because love is greater than death, her memory will live in the hearts of: her son, Clifton Junior (Mieshla) Hayine of Dallas, TX; her grandson, Clifton Cayden Hayine of Dallas, TX; her beloved mother, Macy Ella Hayine of Prescott, AR; five sisters, Clara (Earnest) Purifoy of Prescott, AR, Genniella Hayine of Prescott, AR, Bertha Mae Sorrells of Prescott, AR, Ruthie Mae Ingram of San Antonio, TX, and Brenda Tappin of Little Rock, AR; two brothers, Rev. Wallace (Mary Dean) Ingram of Prescott, AR, and Teodis Ingram of Conway, AR; one uncle, Orlin Sims of Rockford, IL; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives; two special friends, Sarah Ann McGhee and Nadine Glover as well as countless other friends.
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints salute you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” II Corinthians 13:11-14
Public visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 12th from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Celebration services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13th at St. John Baptist Church in Bluff City, Arkansas. Her brother, Rev. Wallace Ingram, will render words of comfort. The committal service and final resting place will be in St. John Cemetery in Bluff City.
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