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Thelma Matthews Martin

November 13, 1929May 22, 2020

COLUMBIA - Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Thelma Matthews Martin peacefully passed in her sleep on Friday May 22, 2020 at the age of 90.

Thelma was born in Georgetown SC, November 13, 1929. She attended Winyah High School where she was an outstanding student and basketball player. She went on to graduate from Drones Business School in Columbia SC. While attending college, Thelma met and married George Drifford Martin Jr.

After a 38-year career, she retired from Colonial Life Insurance Company. She was a member of TOPPS, and the Retirees Club at Colonial Life.

Thelma was predeceased by her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Matthews, also by brothers and sisters, Harold, Elbert, David, Roy, Bertha Avant, Marylee Shelley, and Clara Nell Allen as well as her son, LTC George Drifford “Marty” Martin III.

Thelma is survived by her husband, George Drifford Martin Jr.; daughter, Debbie Martin; daughter-in-law, Susan Hayes Martin; grandchildren, Ty Russell (Veronica), Jessica Jacobs (Taylor) and Kathryn Martin; great-grandchildren, Grant and Ava Russell and Hayes Jacobs; niece-caregiver, Mona Allen; and many other nieces and nephews.

Thelma, an avid Gamecock fan since the 1950’s, enjoyed tailgating and cheering on the Gamecocks. She was a member of Saint Luke Lutheran church in Olympia. She was loved by everyone that knew her. Her kind heart and gentle soul will be missed by many.

Graveside services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1127 Olympia Ave, Columbia, SC 29201.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020


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Nancy Norton Bromagen

May 29, 2020

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nancy Norton

Todd, Amy and Travis Simmons

May 28, 2020

George and Family,
We are so sorry about Thelma, she was such a sweet lady and loved all of you very much. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. Please let us know if any of you need anything. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Always,
Todd, Amy and Travis

Shirley Mayer

May 25, 2020

Mr. Martin, Debbie, and family,
To know Mrs. Martin was to love her. I always admired her happy disposition, perky attitude and her strong determination.
Sending much love and many prayers for peace and comfort during this time.

patricia shealy

May 24, 2020

Dear George ......I am deeply saddened by your loss..please know Allen and I pray for your peace and comfort during this time. I know how much Thelma meant to you....please know you two have meant the world to me for a very long time. God bless you . Pat Shealy

Margaret Robinson

May 24, 2020

Dear Thelma,
I have so many special memories of you when we were TOPS members together. An avid Gamecock fan myself I loved to drop in on you & George, the ex- Gamecock, at Williams Brice stadium - you were both such loyal fans showing your support through thick and thin. When your health caused you to cease being a TOPS member we really missed seeing your smiling face.
May you be free from your pain and discomfort - may you rest in peace.
Love, Marg oxox

ned norton

May 23, 2020

Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you coach Martin and Debbie and the rest of your family.

Barney Kelly

May 23, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Martin, Debbie, and all the family. RIP Mrs. Thelma!

Charles Fleming

May 23, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you coach martin and your family.

Pete Shelley

May 23, 2020

It is with a heavy heart to hear that my Aunt Thelma has passed away. Although we didn’t see them often the love in my heart remained strong. Our prayers are for the family.

Cindy Tarte Grace

May 22, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.


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