OBITUARY

Calvin Tony Martin

September 24, 1945April 30, 2018

Calvin Martin was born September 24, 1945 in Glasgow, West Virginia, the only son along with three sisters of George and Verna (Elswick) Martin. The Martins are of Scot-Irish origin. To honour that Calvin is a member of the McDonald Clan. Additionally the Martin’s are of Revolutionary War Fame (4th Great Grandfather, John); at the surrender of the Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia (3rd Great Grandfather, Job). They were some of the first settlers in Western Virginia (West Virginia) trapping beaver with Daniel Boone. Loyal to their State of Virginia the joined the Thrumond’s Partisan Rangers during the war between the States (Great Grandfather Nathan and his brother, John) fought in the Spanish American War, fought the Germans in WWI and WWII and then Calvin did his part with the US Air Force (64-68) during the Vietnam Conflict. Calvin graduated from Nazarene Bible College in 1979 with an Associates’s Degree in Biblical Studies and Trevecca Nazarene University in 1991 with a BS in Management of Human Resources. Calvin is an accomplished Trumpeter (All State Band 62-64, West Virginia), US Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps in 65. Calvin was also an all star athlete (baseball and basketball). Calvin has been an elder in the Church of the Nazarene sicne 1984 having pastored churches in Alabama, Texas, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida. Now serving as Associate Pastor and Minister of Music at Forest Hill Church of the Nazarene. No longer in the full time ministry, Calvin is a Top Producing agent with National Health Insurance Agencies, Inc. (NHIA, Inc.), a contracted General Agency of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. Calvin is married to Sharon (Lovejoy) Martin (1968) with two wonderful children, Calvin II (1974) and Rebecca (1981); one grandchild, Savannah (1996) to Calvin and Heather (Lawrence, Irish-American, of course) and two grandchildren born to Rebecca (Martin) and Nick Lietz, Dylen (2003), and Nicole Lietz (2007). Calvin joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans in 1981 while in Texas. Calvin is now the Florida Division Chaplain having been appointed to that post in 2002. Calvin previously served as Chaplain of the John T. Wesley Camp #1282 SCV. Calvin loves leading the singing of “Dixie” and gets teary eyed when he sees our flag flying in the wind. Calvin was a great person who was so loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Services

  • Calvin T. Martin Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Calvin T. Martin Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Calvin T. Martin Monday, May 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

Calvin Tony Martin

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Debora Bailey

May 9, 2018

I am truly sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the Martin family find comfort and strength in Jesus promise along with our heavenly father Jehovah of the earthly resurrection, where death will be eliminated forever. Truly, what a glorious and almost unbelievable day that will be! It's a reality though for God cannot lie!

JOHN JARVIS

May 7, 2018

Yorktown, Martins earned through their blood, sweat and tears land in Northwestern Virginia.
Scratching a new home all the way up the valley through the mountains to the Kanawha Valley. Poor dirt farmers but rich in faith, the Martin family grew. When the War of 1812 challenged our nation, these men having served in the Revolution had children that were too young to serve in this new war. As luck would have it when the Mexican-American War came about, the Martins once more were either too old or too young.
But that wasn’t the case for the Civil War, Martins served on the Southern Confederate side. The adventure grew old quickly as in any war. Still he survived for the clan to continue growing. Grow it did as these were very large families and at times with new wives continued to do so. Living now in West by Gawd Virginia, this family made their livelihoods.
That ole time religion was still a huge part of their lives as each generation learned the stories and their faith. Martin brothers directly or by other branches served in all the wars of the 20th Century. And with Calvin’s generation this Martin clan, as many others did, left the nest from the bosom of the Hallows for better lands and opportunities as their forefathers did before. If one area wasn’t up to par, move on if able. However, always keeping the faith.
Always keeping the mountains and the Kanawha Valley within his soul; for the sounds of coal trains blowing their whistles or the sounds of click or clack on the tracks are a part of his life. Or spring’s cool breezes down the valley, summer’s scorching heat in the doldrums of the day, fall foliage in the shadow of the mountains, winter’s chill from ice and snow. Having lived with four seasons, change is bred into one.
Calvin honored his family heritage, taking an interest in all of it and sharing with those who asked. He was proud of their accomplishments and sacrifice. He did his part too, with a stint in the Air Force looking up to this brother in l

FROM THE FAMILY