Birdie Martn

Birdie Martn

Apr 16th, 1930 - Jan 29th, 2019
  • Birth Date: Apr 16, 1930
  • Death Date: Jan 29, 2019
  • Funeral Date: Feb 8, 2019
  • Location: Greater Central Baptist Church
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Biography: Birdie Lee Charlton was born April 16, 1930 in Savannah, Georgia to the late Archie and Alice Staton-Charlton.  Birdie was the youngest of the three sisters who included, Nettie Robinson and Josephine Small who preceded her in death. Birdie graduated from Tompkins High School in Savannah, Georgia in 1949. Birdie met and married the late George Thomas Jr. and from this union two sons were born: Alfonso (preceded in death) and Nathaniel.
Birdie moved to New York in 1954. She held a variety of positions before accepting a position at Lord and Taylor in 1960. In 1983 Birdie met and married Joseph Martin (preceded). Birdie worked at Lord and Taylor for 30 years finally retiring in the fall of 1990.
Along with her sisters, Birdie joined Greater Central Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Charles Roosevelt Walker where she served on the female usher board. Birdie attended Greater Central until her health began to fail. During the last five years, her health worsened. She was called home on January 29, 2019 after a prolonged illness.
Birdie leaves to cherish her memory: a loving son, Nathaniel Thomas; nephew, Conrad Charlton (Shirley); one niece/goddaughter, Jacqueline Small-Williams; one niece, Valencia Barnes; two great-nephews, Lamar Charlton and Paul Williams; two great-nieces, Octavia Grissom (Charles) and Oni Jordan; two great-great-nephews, James and Ramesses; one great-great niece, Alaysha; lifelong friend, Lottie Canton-Bayly and daughter, Charlie Mae Shields; one goddaughter, Kiamesha Barton; a devoted caretaker Annette Watson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Feb 28th, 2019 5:27 pm
I would like to offer my condolences to Birdie's family and friends. Job 14:14 "If a man dies, can he live again? I will wait all the days of my compulsory service until my relief comes. Job was convinced that even if he should die, he would live again. Job 14: 13-15. The Bible teaches Jehovah and Jesus are eager to resurrect our dead loved ones to live on a parade earth. Job was speaking about waiting in the grave until the time came for God to remember him. He said to Jehovah,'You will call and I will answer, you will long for the work of your hands." To learn more about the resurrection and other prophetic promises mentioned on a paradise earth, please visit
Janet G
Feb 15th, 2019 5:48 am
Birdie was a kind and person who has touched both family and friends. We have some future blessings that Jehovah has promised to all of us at Revelation 21:3, 4 "With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

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