- May 25, 1982
|Martinez Jones Harrington, the fourth of five children, was born and reared in Aiken, South Carolina, and died Tuesday night, May 25, 1982, in Flint Goodridge Hospital in New Or-leans following a season of illness she so nobly endured across a period of two months.
In preparing herself academically for life’s work she matriculated at, and received her degree from, Southern University, Baton Rouge where she served as accompanist for the Univer-sity Choir and reigned as Miss Southern University. Upon graduation she became head of the English Department at Brewer Junior College, Greenwood, S.C. She also attended South Carolina State, Atlanta University and Boston University. Divine Providence brought her and a young theological student from Orangeburg, S.C. by the name of Robert Franklin Harrington into each other’s presence and channeled them into marriage on May 17, 1940. She served with her minister husband faithfully as a chaplain’s wife at Camp Blanding, Florida, and Camp Stoneman, California, and later at Houston-Tillotson as First Lady of the Campus. She was with him as he served as administrative assistant to four United Methodist bishops, as District Superintendent, two ecumenical posts and three outstanding pastorates in the Louisiana Conference.
Martinez was a gifted teacher in the New Orleans Parish School System for twenty-five years, and served as P.T.A. president at two separate schools for a time. She held membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and was a life member of the YWCA through which she evidenced her interest in community affairs by her liberal contributions, giving unselfishly of her superb musical and other talents.
She was a warm, loving and caring, serious and devout minister’s wife whose memory will linger in our hearts.
Religious rites were conducted from First United Methodist Church, New Orleans with Bishop J. Kenneth Shamblin officiating and Bishop Charles F. Golden, (retired) delivering the eulogy Friday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m.
Her survivors include her husband, Dr. Robert F. Harrington, a loving daughter and son-in-law, Ada Harrington and Wesley J. Belton of Scranton, Pennsylvania, two sisters Izeta Jones Daniels of Charleston, S.C., and Dora Jones Williams of Los Angeles.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1982, Pages 166, by Samuel W. Walker, Sr.|