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Rev. Vernon Ray Martindale, Sr., 86, passed away on January 7, 2021. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Elton. Burial will follow at Little Hope Cemetery in Jasper, TX at 3 p.m.

The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at First Baptist Church from 4-9 p.m. Visitation will resume on Thursday morning from 8 a.m. until time of service.

Vernon was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Elaine, until her passing in October 2018. Rev. Vernon was born in Jasper, TX on November 6, 1934 to the union of Albert and Edith Martindale. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1954; he then went on to marry the love of his life, Bernice Elaine LaFleur of Elton. Afterwards, he went to further his education at University of Corpus Christi for four years earning a Bachelor degree in Science. After that, he went to the Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans and studied religious education for three years earning a master’s degree in religious education. During his education he pastored many churches that were in need of help. After college, Vernon began to preach at multiple churches when he was needed. Wherever he was needed, he would move his family there to preach the gospel. He served as a wonderful pastor for sixty-six years. Rev. Vernon enjoyed woodworking, making clocks and furniture and rebuilding cars. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren. Vernon will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Vernon’s memory include his son, Vernon “Marty” Martindale, Jr. of Valley Mills, TX; one brother, Dorman Albert Martindale of Crawfordville, FL; one granddaughter, Lea Martindale Wolf and husband, Jacob “Jake”, of Valley Mills, TX; and four great grandchildren, Reuben Albert Wolf, Cooper Quine Wolf, Amelia Dale Wolf and Jacob Dwaine Wolf, Jr of Valley Mills, TX.

Vernon is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Edith Martindale; wife of sixty-four years, Bernice Elaine Martindale; and one sister, Evelyn Ethel Martindale. Condolences can be posted at or on Facebook at Shultz Funeral Home & Crematory.