Martha Ann Bishop Dempsey, age 69, of Montgomery, Alabama, passed away Wednesday, May 26, 2021. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Heritage Baptist Church of Montgomery with Neal Hughes, DM, and Donna McCullough officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Level Baptist Church Cemetery (Pine Level, AL) with SSGT Mike Jones, Jesse Rogers, Joe Bruner, Major Jeffery W Stewart, USAF, Retired, Chad Royal, and Ken Harrison serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be volunteers with the Forest Park Ministry Center and members of the Grandmother’s Raising Grandkids Support Group. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Martha Dempsey was born August 1, 1951, in Greenville, South Carolina. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Robert “Bob” R. Dempsey Jr.; daughters, Hannah Jones (Mike) of Montgomery and Heather Rogers (Jesse) of Montgomery; three grandchildren, Hadley Jones, Kaitlyn Rogers, and Hampton Jones; sister, Kathy Davis (Rick) of Greenville, SC; two nephews and a niece; as well as many other family members and friends.
Martha graduated from Berea High School, Berea, South Carolina; Limestone College, Gaffney South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Guidance and Counseling; and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville Kentucky, with a Master’s Degree of Religious Education.
Martha served Heritage Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, as a staff member to Preschool, Children, WMU, and Women’s Ministry. She also served Eastern Hills Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, as the Preschool Children’s Minister. She began the Guidance Counseling Program and Evangel Christian Academy, Montgomery, Alabama, and served in that capacity seven years. She also was the Assistant Director of the Forest Park Ministry Center of the Montgomery Baptist Association, a compassionate ministry that provides assistance to individuals in need.
Martha was a creative person thinking outside the lines as she ministered to preschoolers and children. She was a compassionate guidance counselor helping students with life choices. At the Forest Park Ministry Center, in addition to her administrative responsibilities, she enjoyed encouraging volunteers and networking with them to minister to those in need. Martha possessed the gift of evangelism. She was passionate about leading individuals to accept Jesus Christ as Savior, even compiling a booklet for children to better understand salvation. She received tremendous joy at the Forest Park Ministry Center when she had the privilege of leading someone to Christ.
Martha enjoyed reading, cooking, and talking with friends and colleagues. She was opiniated and always wanted to be in charge. She loved her family, particularly sharing her life with her husband and soulmate of 46 years.
The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, those contributions be made to the Forest Park Ministry Center of the Montgomery Baptist Association, or to Pine Level Baptist Church, Pine Level, Alabama. Friends and family can sign the guestbook online at www.greenhillsfuneralhome.net. The staff of Green Hills Funeral Home is honored to serve the Dempsey family.