Thomas Wayne Martin Sr. (1947 - 2016)

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Thomas Wayne Martin, Sr. graced the world with his presence on March 22, 1947 in Oxford, Ala. with the assistance of his parents Ethelene and Thomas Martin. He doggedly protected and helped raise his siblings, Edward Jack (Jackie) Martin and Theresa Ann "Tootie" Wade Nelson, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews throughout his life. He got some learnin at Oxford High School, graduating in 1965. He then enlisted in the United States Army for 22 years, 3 months and 13 days and then worked for the US Department of Defense. During this time he was active in multiple peacetime and wartime locations throughout the world. Over the course of his career, he demonstrated that he knew his **** and made sure everyone knew it. The man was no joke, I tell ya what and retired with an Honorable Discharge as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. While in the military he met and fell in love with Frances Littlejohn, a fellow military brat, in 1972 and they were married on March 13th the following year. The two put up with each other for the next 44 years, bringing three children into the world. Theresa Christine Martin (1973) and Thomas Wayne Martin, Jr (1975) were born on base in Japan, and Neita Louise Martin (1978) was born at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He rebuilt a house in Pennsylvania, but couldn't stand the snow. He spent his retirement setting up a family commune with his nephew, Bobby Edward "Bubba" Wade, in Laurens, S.C.; complete with a defense arsenal and a pack of "vicious" guards dogs. He sought out and associated with the most trustworthy craftsmen in his community, knowing who he could call to get the job done right the first time. He loved to have a relaxing breakfast with friends at The Clock and then give his mechanic, Jim Woods, a hard time the rest of the morning. He acquired two extra family members, Rebecca Richards-Martin, the wife of Tommy and Daniel Andrew Duncan, the slave/amateur plumber of Chrisie. He reluctantly accepted the family's assistance near the end of his life and not wanting to be a bother, passed peacefully in his favorite chair on May 21, 2016, with his wife at his side. Those who knew him may not have all been changed for the better, but they were definitely changed for good. Funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016, at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel. Graveside services with full military honors will be held at a later date. The family will be at the residence, 76 Marhaven Lane, Laurens, S.C. 29360. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests you make a donation to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (for Parkinson's Research) 10010 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037 or the Laurens County Humane Society, PO Box 964, Laurens, SC 29360. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.
Published in The Anniston Star on May 25, 2016
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