Martin Thomas John
February 23, 1982 - June 13, 2020
This is the story of Martin Thomas John of Martinez, GA.
From his birth on Feb. 23, 1982 in Augusta, GA, to his death on June 13, 2020, Marty nourished people around him with laughter, faith, music, and love.
Marty’s love affair with music began early when his Aunt Evie would sneak into his room to sing to him. He was kind and didn’t cry – even though she can’t carry a tune.
He loved to make people laugh. As a kid, he would tell jokes that only his dad would laugh at. By the time he was 8, he was weaving detailed stories to tell everyone around him and, given even the slightest encouragement, would act out scenes from plays that he made up on the spot.
Marty sang with the voice of an angel and lettered in chorus at Evans High School, graduating in 2000. After graduation he moved to Alexandria, VA, where he developed culinary skills and learned to make a great cup of coffee. During this time away, he began writing fiction.
After returning to Augusta, his love of singing led him to Amy, the love of his life. They met at Columbia County Choral Society practice and married on December 10, 2005.
Marty and Amy became parents when Maggie was born in October of 2008. Maggie adored her father; they wore the same hats, laughed at the same things, and did magic tricks together. A special daddy/daughter dance is one of Maggie’s fondest memories.
Marty became a certified peer counselor to help people in need. He was developing an app to match people in recovery with jobs and community resources; he wanted to help give them dignity and purpose.
The family grew again when Joel, Marty’s mini-me, was born in March of 2018. Being typical boys, Marty and Joel loved rough-housing and playing games together.
Marty became a Christian on Feb. 14, 1990 and remained a joyful and faithful servant of God throughout his life. He loved magic, puppetry and clowning – and used them to spread the love of God and happiness to the people around him. He was a member of In Focus Church.
Marty will be forever missed by his children, Margaret Clara and Joel Thomas; His mother, Tammy John; His sister, Amanda John; His grandmother, Ellen Roland; Aunts: Evelyn Kent (Dr. Lou Glassy), Cathy Biggerstaff (Larry), Peggy Helmly (William); Uncles: Eric Kent (Terry) and Jimmy John (Karen); Cousins: Brian Kent (Amanda), Rebecca Sumner (Ryan), Sarah Kent, Nanci Stott (Jon), Kelly Earp (Tracy), and William Biggerstaff.And many other family members and friends.
Marty was preceded in death by his wife, Amy Smith John, and his father, Rev. Thomas Fredrick John.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Evans, 515 N. Belair Rd., Martinez, GA, 30907, with the Rev. Philip Hedgecoth officiating. Visitation with the family precedes the service from 10 – 11 a.m. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent via PayPal for a education fund for Marty's children @ Johnchildrenfund@gmail.com
Online condolences may be expressed at www.arlingtonfuneral.com Arlington Burial and Cremation, 1220 George C. Wilson Drive, Suite C, Augusta, GA 30909 762-994-0311
Dear Maggie, I am heartbroken for you, for your brother and for your whole family. I wish I had words that could help ease your pain. I can only hope that the memories you have of your mother and your father will give you some comfort and help guide you through your life. “Death leaves a heart ache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal” You are in our thoughts and prayers Maggie. Love, Ava’s grandmaKerri DeGeronimo - June 22 at 1:07 PM
Dear Maggie, I just heard about the loss of your parents. My heart is broken for you and there is nothing I can say that will bring you comfort. Please know I am thinking of you and praying for you. I hope that sweet smile will return to your face in time. God Bless, Mr. DrakeBruce Drake - June 21 at 2:49 PM
Dear Maggie, I just heard about the loss of your parents. My heart is broken for you and there is nothing I can say that will bring you comfort. Please know I am thinking of you and praying for you. I hope that sweet smile will return to your face in time. God Bless, Mr. DrakeBruce Drake - June 21 at 12:55 PM
My condolences to the John’s family in the passing of Marty. To his kids, I pray that the Lord will hold them in his hands and keep them safe in this difficult time. Losing mom and dad is very sad but God needed two more singing g angels in heaven and he promise to take care of those left behind. RIP MartyLucy Bennett - June 20 at 9:50 AM
I have many fond memories of times spent with Marty when we were both much younger. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love, BarryBarry and Amy McGinnis - June 19 at 12:08 AM