The Obituary for Mrs. Lucille Yancey Martin-Hopson


With deepest sympathy, we announce the passing from this life of Ms. Lucille Yancey Martin-Hopson, 97, a resident of 18293 Highway 431, Wedowee, Alabama 36278.  Ms. Hopson transitioned from this life on Wednesday morning, August 14, 2019 at the home of her daughter, Ida Louis Martin-Amon of Wedowee.

The Celebration Of Life for Mrs. Hopson will be held at the Cedar Grove Baptist Church #2, 111 Church Road, Clarksville, Macklenburg, Virginia 23927.

Complete Funeral Details for Ms. Hopson will be announced by the C.H. Harris Funeral Home, 5717 Highway 58, Buffalo Junction, Virginia 24529.

In Loving Memory Of Lucille Yancey Martin-Hopson
Lucille Yancey Martin-Hopson was born September 11, 1921 in Lunenburg County, Virginia to the late Lee Yancey and Elizabeth Stables.  The Yancey family later moved to Mecklenburg County, Virginia, the native home of Lee Yancey.  She departed her earthly life on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 between 1:30 AM and 3:30 Am at her daughter’s home in Wedowee, Alabama.

She received her education in Mecklenburg County Public School System and at an early age joined Mount Ararat Baptist Church.  She often told favorable stories of her childhood experiences in the Mount Ararat Community.

Lucille had a zest for life.  She joyfully worked and did whatever was necessary to promote a strong and healthy home environment for her family.  During the nine years of terminal illness of her husband, Clem Martin, Lucille continued to work summer jobs in New York to provide income for her family.  Because of her beaming personality, Lucille was awarded jobs through a personnel agency in New York City.  She once was employed as the chief cook for the mayor and other personnel at Gracie Mansion.  According to a publication by the New York Times, they liked her apple pies.  While employed by Martha Mitchell, the wife of John Mitchell, U.S. Attorney General during the administration of President Nixon, Martha explained on a famous talk show how her maid provided food as well as mental support to her during the most critical time of her life.  That maid was Lucille from Cedar Grove Community.  In addition to managing the farm, Lucille mastered the skills of sewing, cooking, quilting, and house-keeping.  She also worked at Burlington Mill in Clarksville, Virginia for a few years.  Lucille demonstrated how anyone, if they are willing, can use their God given talents to earn honest money to provide for necessities.

Lucille did not hesitate to travel both in and outside the country and encouraged others to expereince the world beyond the neighborhood.  She went to the Bahamas and Canada with her sister’s church group in New York, to Atlantic City and Hawaii with the senior citizens of Clarksville, to Germany with her cousin, Jane, and to Mexico with her daughter and son-in-law.

In November of 1938, Lucille was married to the late Clem Martin who expired June 8, 1963.  She became very active in her new location and joined Cedar Grove Baptist Church #2.  To this union was born four children.  She was a dedicated wife and mother who, because her faith in God, remained strong despite many adverse situations.

On November 1, 1975, Lucille married her second husband, Reverend John Hopson, who resided in Jamaica, New York.  They later settled in Clarksville, Virginia.  Lucille often expressed her gratitude for being blessed with two, good, productive, caring husbands.  He too, expried in July, 2005.

In addition to her two husbands, Lucille was preceded in death by two daughters, Elizabeth (Peggy) Martin and Joyce Martin, two sisters, Ada Preston and Onia Poole, and six brothers: Taylor Yancey, Lenard Yancey, Raymond Yancey, Leroy Yancey, Eugene Yancey and Herbert Yancey.  Lucille’s life was truly an example, serving God by ministering, encouraging, and serving other people.

She leaves cherished memories to her only son, Clem MacRay of Martin, Annandale, VA;  her third oldest daughter, Ida Louise Martin-Amon of Wedowee, AL; two grandchildren, Kevin Martin (Erin) of Silver Spring, MD, and Anthony Martin of Alexandria, VA; three sisters-in-law: Alfreda Yullie of Clarksville, VA, Mozell Braithwaite (Jorge) of Weston, FL, and Alice Jones of Delaware; and lastly a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Clark Memorial Funeral Service of Roanoke, AL reports this obituary.