Geraldine Edna Billingsley Martin, “Billie”, 93, of Chattanooga, died Sunday July 3, 2022 at her home.

She was the eldest of three children born to her parents Eddie and Mary Billingsley. She graduated in 1949 from Howard High School. Geraldine was saved as a teenager and joined the grateful Missionary Baptist Church. TaShe later joined the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church where she was one of the leaders of the Red Circle Girls and the Sunshine Band. She was also a deaconess and a member of the choir. She reinstated her membership in the Thankful Missionary Baptist Church and continued to sing in the choir and served on the board of trustees. Geraldine was employed by the Board of Education for over 30 years. She started working at Chattanooga Avenue Elementary and finished at Alton Park Jr. High School. She married her husband, Artonia “Tony” Martin, Sr. on June 30, 1950, and they had been married for 53 years at the time of her death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sons-in-law, Tony Hale and Alfred “Blue” Griffin, Sr.

Survivors include her six children, April Antionette (David) Werkema, Artonia Martin, Sr., Angela Faye Martin-Hale, Gerald (Shuntika) Martin, Sr., Gail A. Griffin, and Glenn (Vanessa) Martin, Sr.; 32 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two aunts, Sallie Kate Williams of Crawfordville, GA and Josephine Billingsley; one nephew, Michael (Audrey) Billingsley; two nieces, Merryl Billingsley of Chicago, IL and Renee Billingsley of Chattanooga; special friend, Clara Woods; bonus girl, Joyce Stephens; devoted neighbor, Mildred Hicks; a very special but more sisterly cousin, Dorothy “Toots” Gardner; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Geraldine will be in state Friday, July 15 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at the Taylor Funeral Home.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, January 16 at noon in the chapel with Dr. Mack E. Page as cantor.

Interment will be Monday, July 18 at 11 a.m. at Forest Hills Cemetery.


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