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Reginald Martin

23 janvier 19438 juin 2021
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Reginald Martin, age 78, of Kingsport, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at his residence.

Reggie retired from Eastman after 33 years. He also served the Kingsport community as President of Kiwanis Club, a member of Friends of the Kingsport Library and advocate for literacy with First Book, active with Engage Kingsport, and as project leader of the Kingsport Carousel where he used his passion for carving to mentor and teach others. He also served his country in the National Guard.

He is survived by daughter Meredith Collins (Robbie) of Kingsport and son Christopher Martin; three grand children Robert Hight, Neyland Collins, and Aubree Collins; sister Geraldine Jones (William); niece Debbie Jones; great nieces and great nephew, and many of the friends of the woodworking and carving community.

Visitation to start at 5 PM on Tuesday June 15, 2021 with a celebration of Life and sharing of stories starting at 6 PM with a catered reception to follow all at East Lawn Funeral Home. Graveside will be Wednesday June 16, 2021 at 11 AM at East Lawn Memorial Park.

East Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park assisting the Martin family with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.eastlawnkingsport.com for the Martin family.

In Lieu of flowers please make donations in Reggie's name to Engage Kingsport at 1200 East Center St. Kingsport, TN 37660.

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  • A Celebration of Life

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Andrea Anderson

17 juin , 2021

We remember Reggie as a kind and caring man. He and his family were previous owners of our home. He told us what a great place/area it had been for them to raise a family. He was right! We welcomed our son two years later and have been here for nearly 35 years! We always enjoyed reading articles in the newspaper regarding his skilled artistry in creating the carousal.

Meredith and Christopher and families, you are in our thoughts and prayers!

Randall and Andrea Anderson

Ted Heilig

14 juin , 2021

Reggie lead us on a wonderful journey in putting together a carousel for Kingsport. From our first trip to Soddy Daisy to start the process and on thru the end of the grand opening and operation!
I can remember vividly our search for a used carousel frame that had us looking all over the USA. Finally we got a lead on an old frame in Bridgeport, Connecticut at their zoo. Reggie and I jumped into my pickup and drove up there in January during a winter storm. Upon looking at what was there and the fact they would give it to us for free if we could remove it before the end of the week we said we would take it.

Fortunately Tom Steele had a moving truck in Boston that was coming back to Kingsport empty and Gene Steele arranged for it to come to Bridgeport and bring the fame to Kingsport also for free.

We had an Explorer Boy Scout troop help us load up all the various parts, and there were hundreds, with a few going into the back of the pickup as well. Once back in Kingsport an old auto shop on Shelby Street was made available by the City and everything was unloaded with restoration led by Reggie as well. Some things just are meant to happen and this is one of those

Valecia Fillnow

14 juin , 2021

Reggie . . . Always lending a hand at the carving studio. He brought the dream to life.

Tim Miller

10 juin , 2021

Reggie was an amazing individual. Always gracious and kind. Whatever project Reggie was working on, he gave it his all. He rallied folks around him to get things done. I appreciated his thoughtful comments, his wisdom and consider myself blessed to have known Reggie. I am so sorry for your loss.

Valecia Fillnow

9 juin , 2021

What a loss we all feel at the passing of Reggie. I met him when he was recruiting people to work on the carousel. It didn’t take long to recognize what a kind, caring, wonderful person he was. He was always willing to stop whatever he was doing to help us beginning carvers. I spent about 8 hours/wk for several years at the Lynn View carving studio with him. I counted him as one of my best friends. His passing has left me with a broken heart.
Chris and Meredith, my prayers are with you. I know you are so proud of your dad and all of the dedication he gave to improving the lives of all who knew him. There would be no Kingsport Carousel without his leadership. He was a remarkable man.

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