On April 22, 1959, the Lord blessed the union of James “Chuck” and Barbara Jean Wimsatt with the birth of their youngest son, Lauren Martel, affectionally known as “Martel.” We believe that he is reunited with his sibling who preceded him in death: Roberta “Lulu” Wimsatt as well as both parents and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Lauren Martel Wimsatt, coming from a deeply Christian upbring professed Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age at Tenth Street Missionary Baptist Church. Having a grandmother, Mrs. Hattie Thacker Walls, who tirelessly worked in the church and a mother, “Ms. Barbara Jean” as the church’s pianist, he could be found participating in everything from Sunday school to Vacation Bible School (VBS).

As a youth Martel participated in neighborhood organized sports such as youth football, basketball, and a variety of other youth activities. His passion as a teen was being the best big brother/protector in the world to his younger sisters Mia and Giselle. Martel graduated from Owensboro High School class of ’77

Martel is father to Gisele RaeVonne Coleman, Minneapolis, MN, Terrell (Sarah) Martindale, Mountain View, CA, Shaunisha Martindale, Owensboro, KY, Bradley Martindale, Cincinnati, OH, Justin Miller, Burkburnett, TX, Lauren Miller and Maria Wimsatt of Beaver Dam, KY. He is grandfather of Ty, Aria, Zakiya, Zymere, Melody Martindale; Marcus Coleman, Naquan Sheppard, Za’Niyah Jackson, Zhiyona Heath, Zayne Heath, and Aliyah Ryan Miller.

He leaves behind to celebrate his life five brothers: Antoni “Tony”, David Wayne (Maxine), James (Nuffy), Ray (Zenda) Wimsatt, and Darren Henry and sisters Elisha Wimsatt, Deidra (Antonio) Tinsley, Mia (Walter) Watkins, Giselle Wimsatt and Diana Jones, and Sharada Henry.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Wimsatt. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Lauren “Martel” Wimsatt and sign his virtual guestbook by going to

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  1. Our condolences to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult loss.

  2. My condolences to all the Wimsatt Family. So very sorry for your loss. I knew Martell as a boy and have great memories of him as a friend and teammate. The few times I was lucky enough to cross paths later in life
    always brightened my day. He was always just saying happy and full of life Martel I knew as a boy. He will be missed.
    Love and prayers to all the Winsett family

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