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Martha McClendonOctober 28, 1932 ~ March 14, 2017 (age 84)
Martha McClendon was born on Friday, October 28, 1932, in
Graceville (Browntown) of Jackson County, Florida. She was the
seventh of eight children born to Cary and Clara (Smith)
McClendon and a twin sister to her brother Claude McClendon.
Martha acknowledged Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and
Savior at an early age and joined the membership of Salem AME
Church in Graceville, Florida.
Martha left Graceville and moved north to the big city of New
York City where she joined her sister Lois and found work as a
keypunch operator for Xerox. Martha was outgoing and she loved
to communicate with people. She later moved to East Orange,
New Jersey where she remained a beloved resident of Norman
Towers. Due to declining health, she moved to Summit Ridge
Nursing Care Center in West Orange, New Jersey until she
entered her rest in her eternal home with Christ Jesus on
Wednesday, March 14, 2017.
Martha joined the congregation of New Hope Missionary Baptist
Church in East Orange, New Jersey where she served faithfully
in the ministries of the church.
Martha loved her family dearly, and she was always showering
them with beautiful cards and gifts. She was preceded in death
by her three brothers and their spouses: Namon (Geraldine)
McClendon, Cary (Florence) McClendon, Claude (Patricia)
McClendon and four sisters and their spouses: Lessie (Nathan)
Williams, Mary Etta (Homer) Griffin, Darzettie (Nello) Williams,
Sadie Lois (Lorenzo) Simmons. She leaves the fondest and
heartfelt memories of her to her only child and daughter:
Adrienne McClendon; three grandchildren: Lee V. Tender, Jr. of
Miami Lakes, FL; US Army SSG (Retired) LaCoya D. (Debra)
Tender of Green Cove Springs, FL; Ricardo Tender of Lynn
Haven, FL; Caretakers: Ezra McClendon (Nephew) of West
Orange, NJ and Larry Simmons (Nephew) of Newark, NJ; and a
host of other relatives and friends.