Shirley Gertrude Smith Martin, 72, left her earthly home on Saturday, August 29, 2020 to be with her loving Savior, at home, surrounded by her loving family as she passed peacefully. Shirley was born October 20, 1947 in Atlanta, GA. She grew up in Hattiesburg and eventually settled in Crystal Springs after marrying Joe Oliver Martin in 1991. She was a faithful servant of Christ and enjoyed gospel music. Shirley spent many years providing child care in her home while also raising her own children. Shirley enjoyed watching racing and worked for many years at the Jackson Motor Speedway. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing, spending time with her family and friends, and she also loved her dogs immensely. Mrs. Martin is preceded in death by her mother, Edrell Orhee Sullivan; sister, Ann Carr; Brother Marvin Smith; and her granddaughters Summer and Winter Parfait. She is survived by her husband Joe Oliver Martin; daughter Mary Curtis; sons, Michael Curtis, Wayne (Christy) Curtis, and Aaron (Amber) Curtis; step-son, Joe Martin, Jr.; sister, Marie Harris; brothers, Ralph Smith, Mike Smith, and Raymond Smith; twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Visitation will be held 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. on Monday August 31 at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence and Tuesday September 1 at 9:00 until 10:00 at Mt Creek Baptist Church in Florence. Services will follow at 10:00 A.M. at the church. Burial will take place immediately following at Garden of Memories Cemetery at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence for immediate family only. The family request that donations may be made in in her honor to The American Cancer Society or to Gideons International.