Rev. James W. Martin (1923 - 2013)


The Rev. James W. Martin, 90, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the Tennessee State Veterans Home.
Visitation was Saturday, May 25, 2013, from 11 am until the time of services beginning 1 p.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Burial with military honors followed in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Services were conducted with the Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge, No. 18, F&AM. and members of the United States Army provided full military honors.
Martin was a native Virginian but has resided in Tennessee for 49 years.
He was the son of the late Rev. Clay S. Martin and Grace Emma (Hill) Martin.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Elmer C. Martin and Clayton Martin; and sister, Edith Sawyers.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Carr Martin; a son, James Philip Martin and his wife Jeanmarie; and one grandson, Jameson A. Martin, all of Murfreesboro; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Hurst and her husband Chase of Fort Drum, N.Y.; one brother, Clarence Martin; and a sister, Billie Jean Ridpath ,both of Virginia.
He was an Ordained Minister of the Murfreesboro Presbytery, Cumberland Presbytery Church. He served Blues Hill Cumberland Presbytery Church for 10 years and Dibrell Cumberland Presbytery Church for eight years.
His educational background began in the elementary and secondary school system in Virginia. He graduated from Fielddale High School, Fielddale, Va.
He received a Bachelor of Theology from Holmes Bible College, Greensville, S.C., 1948; a Bachelor of Arts from Lynchburg College, Lynchburg Va., 1952; a Master of Divinity from the Lexington Theological Seminary, 1957; and a CSW and Master's Degree from Louisiana State University, 1960.
Martin was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, holding numerous leadership positions on the Troop, District and Council levels. He was active in the Order of the Arrow and Vigil Honor. He was a past Scoutmaster of Troop 448, Trinity United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro for several years.
He was a member of the Masonic Order; was Past Master of Mount Moriah Lodge No. 18, F&AM. and a Past Master of the York Rite Bodies. He was a 32 degree Mason of the Scottish Rite Bodies and member of the Al Menah Shrine Temple. He was awarded the Knight York Cross Honor from the York Rite Bodies of free masonry after serving as Worshipful Master, of Mount Moriah Lodge No. 18 F&AM.
He served in the United States Army from Sept. 25, 1943, to April 16, 1946, and received honorable discharge. He was active duty in the U.S., France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He was a retiree from the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center, after serving as a Clinical Master Social Worker for 25 years.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in memory of Martin to The Boy Scouts of America or Shriner's Children's Hospital.
Online condolences may be left at
Woodfin Memorial Chapel, Murfreesboro, Tenn., is serving the family.
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Published in Galax Gazette from May 27 to May 28, 2013
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