John Matthew "Big Matt" "Southside" Martin, 50, of Crawfordville, formerly of Tallahassee, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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He was a tree crew foreman for the City of Tallahassee where he had been employed for 31 years. He was a board member of the Florida State Dog Hunter's Association, an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved camping with his family. He was also an avid NASCAR fan who enjoyed boating, singing karaoke, and spending time with his family and friends.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Wakulla Springs Baptist Church with Pastor Lewis Pollard and Brother Derrick Crum officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Perriann Harrell Martin of Crawfordville; sons, Josh (Tonya) Martin of Crawfordville, and Kenny Thomas of Lake Charles, La.; a daughter, Kendall Thomas of Crawfordville; mother, Sandy Dodson Martin of Tallahassee; grandson, Jamie Martin of Crawfordville; sister, Hope (Donnie) Moore of Crawfordville; sister-in-law, Shawnie Harrell of Sopchoppy; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, co-workers, and his Buck Cemetery Hunting Club family.
He was predeceased by his father, Jimmie Martin; and grandparents Willie and Minnie Martin and J.H. "Check" and Margaret Dodson.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Forbes Funeral Home, Macclenny, Florida 850-559-3380. Please sign the online guestbook at http://www.forbesfuneralhome.net.
Published in The Wakulla News from July 11 to Aug. 9, 2013