Dr. Art Bradley Martin

December 11, 1917January 27, 2013
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Dr. Art Bradley Martin, 95, Physician and founder of the Fort Smith Trolley Museum, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 27, 2013. A resident of Fort Smith, he was born December 11, 1917 in Greenwood, AR to T.A. and Ethel Watson Martin. He was a graduate of Greenwood High School, attended Arkansas Tech, the University of Arkansas, and earned his M.D. from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1942. He served his internship at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock and completed graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He served as a Battalion Surgeon in the 76th Infantry Division with General Patton’s Third Army in Europe during WW II. He received the Bronze Star in 1945 for meritorious service. After leaving the service he joined Holt Krock Clinic where he practiced Internal Medicine from 1945 to 1983. He served as chief of staff at Sparks Medical Center, was on staff at St. Edward’s Medical Center and Crawford County Memorial Hospital as well as serving on the board of Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. He was a member of the American College of Physicians, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society, the Arkansas Medical Society, and past president of the Sebastian County Medical Society. In 2003 he retired after serving 25 years as the Medical Director for the Methodist Nursing Home for a total of 60 years in medicine. He was a Amateur Radio Operator, a member of the Fort Smith Noon Exchange Club, and a member of the Masonic Order. He served on the board of directors for the Girl’s Club and the West-Ark Area Boy Scout Council. He was a recipient of the Exchange Club’s Golden Deeds Award, the Fort Smith Spirit of the Frontier Award, and the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award. His wife Amelia Belle Whitaker Martin predeceased Art in 2004. They were both avid historians and helped preserve much of Fort Smith’s History through their work which included founding the Fort Smith Trolley Museum. He also served as a board member of the Clayton House, the Oak Cemetery Commission and was instrumental in the restoration of the Greenwood Tower Clock salvaged from the county courthouse. Art put his trust in Jesus as his Savior and was baptized at the age of 12. He was a member of the South Side Baptist Church where he served faithfully in many areas including Sunday School teacher, chairman of the deacons and deacon emeritus.

He is survived by four children; Bradley Martin and his wife Janice of Fort Smith, Tommy Martin and his wife Cathy of Martinsville, VA., Nancy Heflin and her husband George of Bonanza, and Marilyn Fulgham and her husband David of Mobile, AL; six grandchildren whom he dearly loved; Shauna Skinner, Nathan Martin, Mark Heflin, Rachel Clark, Stewart Martin, Susanna Ennes and twelve great grandchildren.

Memorial service will be Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the South Side Baptist Church. Private burial will be prior to the Memorial in Woodlawn Memorial Park all under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

The family will greet friends at Edwards Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 5-7 PM

Memorials may be made to the Trolley Museum, 100 South 4th Fort Smith, AR 72901 or the South Side Baptist Church 2400 Dodson Ave Fort Smith, AR 72901

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  • Visitation Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dr. Art Bradley Martin

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Linda Jones

January 31, 2013

Tommy and Cathy, May God comfort you, and you are in our prayers !

Dona Whitfield

January 31, 2013

Tommy and Cathy I Am So Sorry for Your Loss, You Have My Deepest Sympathy ,May God Bless you , and your Family ,PLEASE let me know if it`s anything I can do .LOVE YOU

Kenny Wayne

January 31, 2013

So sorry for the loss of this great man, father, grandfather and great grandfather among so many other things. Never had the pleasure of meeting him but through some of his family felt as though I did know him. May the good Lord see you through this time of grief and comfort your hearts. Did not know about this until today January 31st 2013. Sorry about the delay.

January 31, 2013

My sympathy to Tommy, Bradley, Nancy and Marilyn and all of your families. It seems like just a few short years ago that we lived only a couple of blocks away and I would visit with you and your mom and dad. I was always made to feel welcome in your home and I always admired your parents. I will always remember your dad making "house calls" and visiting me in the hospital after an accident. A compassionate and caring man, just the "stuff" that doctors are made of. May your memories make your days easier.

Gary Dooly Sister Bay, Wisconsin

January 30, 2013

Dear Kathy, Tommy, and family. I was surprised to read of Dr.Martin death this morning, and wish I could be with you but what a great dad you have had and he has helped so many and I am so glad that I had the pleasure of knowing him, and each time we talked I realized how special he was. God bless all of you and love and sympthay mema

Leah Martin -Meeh

January 30, 2013

I remember going to see Art when I was a little girl. Art is my Great Uncle. I am Alex Monroe Martin's granddaughter. I was able to see Art at his birthday party at the Trolly house last year. He was a great man & will certainly be missed. I do wish I could have been at the funeral. I'm sending prayers to the rest of the family. I know he is in Heaven now & having a reunion with granddaddy & other family.

john paul hammerschmidt

January 29, 2013

My deepest condolences to Dr. Art Martin`s family. I am thankful that I had a brief visit with him at Amelia Belles sister Nancy Whitaker Barron`s funeral in Harrison. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. John Paul Hammerschmidt.

Linda and Rich Terry

January 29, 2013

We send our sympathy to the family in this time of loss. May God fill you with his peace and comfort in the days ahead. Dr. Martin was an exceptional man who lived life to the fullest and left the world and his community a much better place. He will be greatly missed.
With love,
Linda and Rich Terry

Nell Chapman

January 29, 2013

I never knew nor ever meet Dr. Martin but am blessed by knowing his grandson Nathan Martin and can truthful state, "God has left someone through Dr. Martin's genes that is a living testimony of this wonderful man."
May each of his family know and feel the prayers of many that are being lifted before the throne of Grace as you walk this mixed path of grief and joy...grief in being parted on this earth from someone you love and joy in knowing he is kneeling before his God.

Dr. Ken and Betty Overturf

January 28, 2013

We're so sorry that Dr. Martin is gone. But we know that he's in heaven, sitting on the back row of the choir.