Julia "Judy" Ann Martin

December 20, 1949May 10, 2019

WEST COLUMBIA – Julia Ann “Judy” Martin, 69, of West Columbia, the wife of Phillip Edward “Phil” Martin, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019. She was born on December 20, 1949 in Newberry, South Carolina, to the late Elzie Thomas “ET” Meetze, Sr. and Dorothy Louise Hamilton Duncan. She is survived by her husband, Phil; her children, Michelle Corley, Chip Barrs, Shana Tydings (Kevin) and Ashely Werley (Robbie); her step-father, John Duncan; her siblings, Elzie Thomas “Buddy” Meetze, Jr., Johnny Meetze (Liz), Carolina Meetze Hailey (Mark), Larry Little (Judy), Kenneth Little (Judith). She was the grandmother of Jordan Corley Lee (Wayne) and Addison Corley; Brooke, Maralee, Ryan (Aaliyah), Lena, Dawson, and Lylah Barrs; Eric Kinley and Christopher Olmo; Zachary and Ty Wilson and Alyssa Werley; Tyler Fry and Marrissa Fry Crolley (Zach); and two great- grandchildren, Max and Wolfe; her special friends, who were like sisters, Linda Wilson, Nancy Shull and former sister-in-law, Nedra Smith. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by the grandmother who raised her, Julia Marcella Kyzer; a daughter, Sandy Barrs; her step-mother, Polly; and her beloved Yorkie, Princess. The family will hold a lakeside party to celebrate her life on Sunday, May 19, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. until, at the home of her daughter, Michelle. The family would like to extend their special thanks to Caughman-Harman Funeral Home and the staff of Palmetto Pulmonology, especially Gabrielle Rutherford, NP. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital or Pawmetto Lifeline.


  • Palmetto Health Children's Hospital
  • Pawmetto Lifeline


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, May 19, 2019


Julia "Judy" Ann Martin

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Shannon Crist

May 19, 2019

Well, it's 10 o'clock Arizona time meaning it's 1 o'clock in South Carolina and your family and friends have gathered to celebrate your life. I wish I was there and I wish I had-had one more chance to hear you laugh. Heck! I"m selfish and would give anything to have you make ME laugh! You always could! You were like my second mama during the year I spent with my Grandmother in North Carolina. You taught me so much and I will never ever forget you.

Last week, I sent you and Phil a graduation announcement for my middle son. I had no idea. My children know all about you and I share stories about you still today. I really hoped that one day you and Phil could have made it out to Arizona for a visit!

I am truly blessed to have known such a wonderful woman. Love to all your family ....

Shannon Crist
Tucson, AZ

Susie Cherry-Kyzer

May 17, 2019

I have such fond memories of my teenaged years with Judy. We became fast friends and I soon learned two things about her.
She had a beautiful voice and she was little but nobody would mess with her or her friends.
We then reconnected in our adult life as both our daughters were in pageants. Judy held a very special place in my heart. She’s gone but not forgotten ever. Love you Judy! See you on the other side.🥰🥰

Jeremy Brown

May 17, 2019

I will miss you more than you could ever know. We met when I needed a friend and that you were. Not sure where I would be if it wasn’t for you and Phil. I could never repay you for what great times you brought to my life. I will keep you in my heart and one day if I am lucky I may get to tell you what I should have said a long time ago.

Nancy Shull

May 16, 2019

Love and prayers to the family of my beautiful friend.May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time. My friend had the best heart of anyone I ever knew. Always there to lend a smile and helping hand. Always knew for sure that she loved us. Love each of you. Nancy and Willie Shull