Lucian James William Martin


Lucian James William Martin, 64, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

Lucian was born on Feb. 20, 1958, to the late Roberta and Raymond Martin Sr.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ella Mae and West Davis, and Lassie and Lucian Martin; his brothers, Raymond C. Martin Jr. and Wendell Gaines; his sister, Marcia Woods; uncles, Wadie Davis and Edwin Davis; aunt, Sally Meredith; and niece, Yavonka N. Wood.

Lucian was a quiet person and stayed to himself. He had a love for music and maintained his record collection and loved to dance. He also was a published songwriter and technical writer, D.J. and an architect engineer. He was famous for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his speech, “I Have a Dream.” He was a faithful giver to the Second Street Church of Christ. He attended College Hill School and was a 1976 graduate of Cleveland High School.

Lucian leaves to cherish his memories, five sisters, Jacqueline Sharp, Pecola (J.T.) Toney, Vanessa Martin and Allison Martin, all of Cleveland, and Ramona (Clyde) Dowell of Richmond, Virginia; five brothers, Thomas (Barbara) Davis of Jacksonville, Florida, and Edwin, Dwight, Darryl (Connie) and Alphonso Martin, all of Cleveland; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the chapel of M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home of Cleveland with Brother Ronald Simmons officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m.



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