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James (Jim the garden man) Martin, a man among men, born June 8, 1932 is loved not only by his loving wife, Mary, whom he was married to for 54 years, but also his four daughters, Sharon Andre her husband Rudy, Lois Oquin, her husband Sheldon, Jackie Baker, Jimmie Lynnette Jenkins and her husband Wayne. Jim leaves behind his brother, John Oliver; sisters, Sharon Boley and Virginia Vandiver; nine grand children; 13 great grand children with one precious great grandson soon to be delivered into the world. Jim will meet up with his departed brothers, George Martin and Claude Oliver at the speedway in the sky. Jim is also loved by and is going to be missed by his many neighbors that he has helped over the past several decades. Jim was a patriot who risked his life to protect our home land during the Korean War. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, Bronze Service Star, National Defense Service medal, Distinguished Unit Citation and the Good Conduct Medal. Jim was honorably discharged from the United States armed forces September 1954. Jim was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 1590 located at 1013 Veterans Court, Daytona Beach. Jim was part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 756 which was instrumental in wiring Cape Canaveral, FL so that the space shuttle could keep our county in the forefront of space exploration. Jim excelled at fishing, gardening, and was a huge NASCAR enthusiast. All told he was an overall great American. Jim's family kept vigil at his bedside until he succumbed to the cancer that took him on March 10, 2010. Jim we love you and you are dearly missed. Donations may be made in Jim's name at: The Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, NC 27317. It's a camp for terminally ill and chronically ill children. Family and Friends Celebration of Life to be held at the families home on March 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 14, 2010
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