Martha Earlene Acton



Tupelo- Martha Earlene Payne Acton, 78, died on April 20, 2018 at her residence in Tupelo. She was born August 14, 1939 in the Union Community south of Plantersville to Levi Thomas Payne and Mary Price Payne, pioneer families in the area. She graduated Nettleton High School in l957and attended Itawamba Community College. She married Roy V. Acton in February 25, 1971. Roy was a registered pharmacist and owned Roy’s Prescription Shop in Tupelo. Martha often assisted him in running the pharmacy. He died on Dec. 26, 2014. A lover of the outdoors, Martha enjoyed flowers and working in her yard. She also enjoyed visiting Pigeon Forge and seeing the mountains. One of her greatest enjoyments was taking care of her many animals. She attended Calvary Baptist Church and was a member of the Lydia Sunday School Class.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2PM Monday, April 23, 2018 in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation will be Today (Sunday) from 3PM-5PM and from 1PM-service time on Monday, all at Holland-Tupelo Chapel which is honored to be serving the family. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include her daughter, Darlene Byram and her husband, Phil of Mooreville; step daughter, Cathy Bishop and her husband, Eddie of Saltillo; brother, Fred Allen (Joyce) Payne of Nettleton; sister-in-law, Fay Payne of Union Community; step grandchildren, Neal (Cheri) Gilliam, Brent Gilliam, Kimberly (Michael) Patterson, 4 great grandchildren; a special friend, Shelby Sanford; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Acton; parents, Levi and Mary Payne; brother, Bobby Joe Payne; sister, Betty Jean Evans; half brothers, William Franklin “Billy” Payne, Hubert “Dutch” Payne, Burgess “Gude” Payne, John Thomas “Buck” Payne and a half- sister, Carrie Mae Carson.

Pallbearers will be Dewayne Burroughs, Tommy “Dude” Payne, John Robert Carson, Bubba Wiygul, Beau Payne, and Fred Allen Payne. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Ken Harvey, Dr. Bill Hilbun, Dr. Julian Hill, Brent and Neal Gilliam, and Billy Joe Holland.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 1008, Tupelo, MS. 38801 or to the Tupelo Lee Humane Society, P. O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS. 38801 The service may be viewed via Condolences may be e mailed to