The Reverend Lonnie Martin Senior

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The Reverend Lonnie Martin, Senior CHARLESTON - The Reverend Lonnie David Martin, Senior, age 87, retired Chief of Chaplains at The Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center of Charleston, South Carolina, entered into rest Wednesday afternoon, June 5, 2013, at the Veteran's Victory House in Walterboro from complications of Parkinson's disease. Born on February 9, 1926 in Apache, Oklahoma, he was a son of Martha Elizabeth Eakins Martin and James Frances Martin. He married Marjorie Daw Dukes (1925-2010) of Charleston, South Carolina, in 1957. The Reverend Martin graduated from Apache High School and studied photography professionally. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Friends (Quaker) University and a Masters in Divinity from American Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Kansas. He served his country faithfully in the United States Navy aboard the USS Leon during World War II having the rank of Seaman First Class and was active in the ship's reunion groups for many years. His career included pastorates of Southern Baptist churches in Missouri and South Carolina, chaplaincies with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (1978 - 1985), and chaplain with the Veterans Administration Hospital, Charleston (1981 - 1997). His interests included golf, chess, pool, and classical music. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church, Charleston, South Carolina, and was a longtime resident of the Park Circle neighborhood in North Charleston. Surviving are a daughter, Martha Rebekah (Molly) Wright, and son-in-law, William Walker Wright Junior, of Savannah, Georgia; a daughter, Marjorie Joy Martin Traywick, and son-in-law, Rodney Timothy Traywick of Black Creek, Georgia; and son, Lonnie David Martin Junior, and daughter-in-law, Susan Tilley Martin of Walterboro, South Carolina. His grandchildren are Elizabeth Rebekah Wright, William Walker Wright III, Ashley Brooke Traywick Hendley (Trey), Shelbi Leigh Traywick, Mallory Paige Traywick, Knox Capell Martin, Peter Christian David Martin, and Nicholas Patrick Martin. He is also survived by his sister and brother, Letha Martin Griffin and Joe Martin of Terral, Oklahoma; his brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Eleanor Martin of Dallas, Texas; and sister-in-law, Shirley Peeler Dukes of Charleston. Two brothers, Maxwell Roland Martin and Coy James Martin, preceded him in death. Relatives and friends of the The Reverend Martin are invited to his funeral service at 11 o'clock Tuesday morning, June 11, 2013, with military honors from the graveside at Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary Street, Beaufort. The Reverend Bob Horowitz of Saint Jude's Episcopal Church will officiate. Following the funeral ceremony and committal, a reception will be held from 1 o'clock until 3 o'clock that Tuesday afternoon at the Martin's home, 201 Warren Street, Walterboro, South Carolina. In lieu of floral tributes, the family has respectfully requested that memorial contributions be directed to: The Marjorie Dukes Martin and Lonnie David Martin, Senior Scholarship Fund, Advancement Service, Carson-Newman College, C-N Box 72017, Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760; or donate at; or to a . For those that so desire, memorial messages and thoughts of condolence, as well as memorable recollections of The Reverend Martin may be shared with the family at the online guestbook, Arrangements by THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro, 843.538.5408. Visit our guestbook at charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on June 8, 2013
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