Mr. Henry V. Martin Jr.

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Mr. Henry V. Martin Jr., age 90, was carried away by angels to meet his Lord and Savior, whom he had served since he was 12 years old, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.
He was born in Forsyth County and lived here until Lake Lanier was built and took his family land. He moved to Oakwood where he lived until 1971, and then moved back to Forsyth County.
He belonged to two churches in his lifetime that he loved dearly, Mayfield Baptist, where he served as church clerk for 25 years, and Shady Grove Baptist. He served as a deacon at both churches.
He was a WWII veteran where he served with the 38th infantry, 10th Mountain division and was stationed in Italy. He was loved by all and touched many lives. He could build anything, fix anything, and do anything. He was a quiet man but when he talked, it was to your advantage to listen. H.V. learned to crochet knitted caps while sitting by his wife's side during her illness and death. He made over 4,000 of which most were given to cancer patients, newborn infants, and nursing home patients. The rest were given to children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. Anyone who walked into his home most likely walked out with a cap. He had a large family who was loved and admired by his example of how a father and Christian should be. He loved his four children and their spouses, but he adored his 11 grandchildren and their spouses, and his 22 great-grandchildren. All, except the youngest, knew what it was to have their ribs counted and knew how mules eat corn. And they all giggled with delight.
H.V. was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Bernice Smith Martin; his parents, Henry V. and Roxie Martin Sr.; brothers and sisters, Lucille Emmett, Bernice Mooney, Ray Martin, and Clifton Martin.
He is survived by his daughters, Dean and Mavis Burtz, Iris F. (Buddy) and Hilda Smith, Marshall and Joyce Millwood; and son, Eston and Levenia Martin; 11 grandchildren, Steve and Allison Burtz, Ken and Cindy Burtz, Patty and Damon Stancil, Matthew and Stacy Smith, Rebecca and Todd Dale, Rachel and Brian Nix, Michael and Becky Millwood, Beth and Todd Skinner, Laura Martin, Abbie Martin, Lena and Mark Bennett; 22 great-grandchildren, Katie Chester, Josh Burtz, Ally and Sara Kathryn Burtz, Madison Carder, Jack, Roxie and Emmett Stancil, Jandon and Bailey Smith, Jordan, Taylor, Dylan Nix, Jathan Dale, Jacob, Katie-Beth and Timmy Millwood, Savanna and Sierra Skinner, John-Martin, Reagan, Benjamin Bennett; sister and brother-in-law, Eula Jean and W.H. Byers; sister-in-law, Ila Martin; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clyde and Emmalee Smith; Many nieces and nephews also survive.
We especially thank the staff in the memory care unit of Gracemont Assisted Living, Hubert Cranford, and June Hulsey, and North Georgia Hospice, Dr. Taylor Henson and Dawn Sosebee, P.A.
Services were held Tuesday, March 3, in the chapel of Little and Davenport Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Millwood, the Rev. Todd Skinner, and the Rev. Troy Milford officiating. Interment followed at Memorial Park.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Forsyth County News from Mar. 5 to Mar. 7, 2015
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