Colonel Robert Dean Martin US Army, Retired COLUMBIA - Colonel Robert Dean Martin, USA, Retired, 82, passed away after a lengthy bat tle with Alzheimer's on Thursday, August 22, 2013. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223, officiated by Dr. George Crow and General Charles Ray Bailey participating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in the church atrium. Burial with full military honors will be at 2:00 p.m. at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers are Colonel William Collier, USA, Retired; Mr. Norm Nickerson; Mr. Gordon Peters; Command Sergeant Major Jim Walthes, USA, Retired; Colonel Allen LaMontagne, USAF, Retired; General George Goldsmith, USA, Retired; Colonel Matt Wood, USA, Retired and Mr. Larry Kyzer. Born in McMinnville, TN, he was a son of the late George Fred and Wavie Lee Cooley Martin. Colonel Martin served his country in the US Army for thirty two years and retired at Fort Jackson Military Reservation. He received numerous decorations, badges and medals including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm; Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Combat Infantry Badge; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 20 Years Device; the Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver Service Star and the Legion of Merit. He co-chaired the University of South Carolina Mathematics and Statistics Departments; was a Military Advisor with Vinnell Corporation to the Saudi Arabia National Guard and was a Director of Emergency Management Division for Richland County. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jimmie; son, Robert Dean Martin, Jr. of Columbia; son Bradley M. Martin and wife Rebecca of Franklin, NC; sister, Margaret Wehunt of McMinnville, TN; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a son, Mark Anthony Martin; brothers, Major Phillip A. Martin and George D. Martin, Jr. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the SC Chapter of the
, 4124 Clemson Blvd, Suite 1, Anderson, NC 29621. Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel is assisting the family. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
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Published in The State from Aug. 25 to Aug. 27, 2013