Mr. Wiley Martin, 75, was born April 6, 1937 in Brookhaven, Mississippi to George Martin and Willie Mae Jones. From the age of 2, Wiley and his siblings were raised by their grandparents, Wiley and Lula Mae Martin. Both his parents and grandparents precede him in death. Wiley received his education in Mississippi, graduating from Alexander High School. Mr. Martin enlisted in the United States Navy, retiring after 22 years of service. During his enlistment, he served on the following ships: The USS Catamount, Paul Revere, Donner and Dodge County. He served in the Vietnam War and was awarded many accolades, metals, medallions, and certificates of achievements, throughout his Naval Career. He retired as a 1st Class Chief Petty Officer. Wiley was united in Holy Matrimony to Carrie Bell Lane. In 1977 they relocated to Lake City, Florida with their children and began working at the VA Medical Center in housekeeping, retiring as General Foreman of Housekeeping, after many years of dedicated service. Mr. Martin had a passion for youth. He coached basketball and flag football for the Boys and Girls Club and the Columbia County Parks and Recreation Department. He helped build character, instilled life skills and was a father figure to many. He was affectionately known as "Coach Martin". On November 23, 2012, Mr. Martin transitioned from this life to eternal peace. Brothers, Charles J. Selby and Johnnie F. Kitchens also precede him in death.
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Left to cherish precious memories: sons, Wiley M. Martin (Joyce), Thomas G. Martin, Vandale D. Martin; ten grandchildren, Yvonne, Dominique, Veronica, Shanice, Taevon, Vandale Jr., Davarius, Justice (J.J.), Dracen and Sage; two great-grandchildren, brothers, Jerome Selby, Odell Jones, Winston Galloway (Cheryl); four sisters, Georgia Whitaker (James), Bertha Granville (Roosevelt), Mary Nell Horne, Mary Ruth Davis; hosts of nieces, nephews, cousins, naval buddies, friends, and the kids he coached over the years. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the VA Medical Center Volunteer Services on behalf of Wiley Martin.
Funeral services for Mr. Wiley Martin will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 30, 2012 in the chapel of Combs Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the funeral home.
Arrangements entrusted to COMBS FUNERAL HOME. 292 NE Washington Street. Lake City, FL. (386) 752-4366. "The Caring Professionals"
Combs Funeral Home
292 NE Washington St
Lake City, FL 32055
Published in Lake City Reporter on Nov. 28, 2012