Precious Tyronne Martin, Sr., 41, of Ridgeland, died May 11, 2014.

A Celebration of Life was held on May 20, 2014, at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., on Sept. 27, 1972, to the late Warren L. Martin, Sr., and Elinder S. Martin, Precious was raised in Edwards.

He graduated Salutatorian as the "Star Student" of Raymond High School in 1990; and in 1994, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tougaloo College.

He went on to attend the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he won numerous awards. Precious received his Juris Doctorate degree and entered the legal profession in 1997.

He began his career at Byrd & Associates, where he was named partner in 2002.

He went on to form Precious Martin, Sr., and Associates.

Attorney Precious Martin, Sr., made history when he became the first African American President of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association in May 2005.

He was the host of the popular weekly radio talk show "Talk of the Town." Precious, was a member of New Hope M.B. Church in Jackson.

He is survived by: wife, Attorney Crystal Wise Martin; four children, Precious, Jr., Daniel Elias, Alyssa Diane, and Anna Grace; mother, Elinder S. Martin; four brothers, Ivan R. Smith, Sr., Attorney Deshun T. Martin (Vaterria), Pastor Kenya R. Martin (Tommie), and Attorney Warren L. Martin, Jr. (Ericka); father and mother-in-law, Mark and the Honorable Patricia Wise; sister-in-law, April Ross (Jamie); ten nieces and nephews; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Tougaloo College.