James F. Martin, 83, passed away. He graduated from Missouri Valley College. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a lieutenant in the Pacific. He was in the banking business his entire life. He retired from the Bank of Lee’s Summit in 1982. He was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen Martin. Four daughters and their husbands also survive.
The Lee’s Summit Social Services hosted its seventh annual Pancake Breakfast fund-raiser at the John Knox Village Pavilion. More than 500 pancake connoisseurs attended the event. Kathy Smith wrote in the Journal that Ron Galvin, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church made the rounds to make sure the event went smoothly. A regular volunteer at Social Services is Jim Noel. Noel’s family, who came from Tennesseem was prominent in Lee’s Summit and Lone Jack for many years. Noel’s farm in Lone Jack was designated a Historic Site by the Jackson County Legislature. The Majors, Russell and Wddell freighting operation that supplied merchandise to travelers on the Santa Fe Trail owned the farm and operated a business from there.
– Compiled from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter.