Rev. James W. Martin, 90, of Murfreesboro died Wednesday, May 22 at the Tennessee State Veterans Home. Funeral service was Saturday with burial at Roseland Memorial Gardens with full military rites.
Mr. Martin was a native Virginian but 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, Clayton Martin, and sister Edith Sawyers. He is survived by his wife Peggy Carr Martin; 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.
Mr. Martin was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, holding numerous leadership positions at 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 Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 18, F&AM. and a Past Master of the York Rite Bodies. He was a 32nd 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 Mt. Moriah Lodge 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 Mr. Martin to The Boy Scouts of America or Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be left at www.woodfinchapel.com.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) May 29, 2013