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Services set for host of gospel show

Bill 'The Mailman' Martin
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Services have been set for William Martin, longtime host of a Sunday morning gospel show on 1490 KLGO-AM.

Known as “The Mailman,” Martin died April 8. He was 82, according to the radio station.

In addition to his radio gig, Martin also served in a variety of roles at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church over the past 50-plus years, including pastor, elder and deacon.

From a post on the station’s website: “Each Sunday morning you could faithfully find ‘The Mailman’ on The Word, 1490 KLGO, as he delivered the Good News of Jesus Christ. He was the President of the Texas Gospel Announcers Guild, served as a Board Member for the Gospel Music Workshop of America and was a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

“Bill 'The Mailman' Martin has worked with every major artist in the gospel music industry including Dr. Bobby Jones, Albertina Walker, James Cleveland, Doug Miller, The Hawkins, Kurt Carr, Al Hobbs, Richard Smallwood, The Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, Bishop Rance Allen, Donnie McClurkin, Earnest Pugh and the list goes on.”

A viewing and family visitation will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church, 3417 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

A musical tribute will follow at 7 p.m. Friday at the church and a “homegoing service” is set for 11 a.m. Saturday.

The musical will be live-streamed at livestream.com, according to an obituary the family placed in the American-Statesman over the weekend.

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