Fred Thomas Martin Jr.

August 20, 1954December 30, 2020

Fred Thomas Martin Jr., better known as Freddie, died unexpectedly on December 30, 2020 at the age of 66. He was a lifelong resident of Martinsville, Virginia.

Freddie is survived by his mother; Lowanda McGuire Martin; his children, Fred Thomas Martin III (Katherine) and Tanya Michelle Martin; his sister, Theresa Martin Wright (Kent); brother, Timothy Dean Martin and Jeffrey Porter; his uncle Horace Martin; and his beloved dog, Lil’ Bit. He was predeceased by his father, Fred Thomas Martin Sr.

Freddie was born in Martinsville, Virginia on August 20, 1954 to Fred and Lawanda Martin. He was a graduate of Laurel Park High School and received his associate’s degree from Patrick Henry Community College. He dedicated his life to the family business of Fred Martin Associates. Freddie was a deeply spiritual man and lifelong member of McCabe Memorial Baptist Church. Freddie was a true cowboy at heart. A man of unquestioned loyalty and a consummate gentleman to everyone he met. A tremendous father that embodied pure selfless love for his children and family. Born a natural horseman, Freddie’s first steps were climbing onto the back of a horse. By his father’s side he took to riding and training horses and helped the family grow Martin Stables. Through the 1960’s into the 1970’s he learned farming and equine skills from his father Fred Sr., which were passed down to him through his father and Freddie’s beloved grandfather, Tom Martin. He competed in several equine events both nationally and locally, where he was Virginia’s 4-H Western Pleasure Horse Champion in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1974. He was a proud lifetime member of American Quarter Horse Association and National Cutting Horse Association.

Freddie would continue to accomplish equine success throughout his life. His children naturally shared his love of horses. He did everything within his power to ensure a distinctively wonderful childhood. He enjoyed nothing more than traveling across the county with his children and their horses to compete at the national level.

He was right by his father’s side when the family business expanded into furniture manufacturing and sales. Freddie was a gifted welder and was instrumental to the furniture industry. From designing and welding furniture to inventing paint finishes adopted by national companies, his talent and creativity was truly unique. Through the success of the family business he focused his efforts on the continued growth, and later revitalization of Martinsville.

Freddie was a wonderful son, brother, friend and extraordinary father. Freddie truly aspired to make everyone around him happy. He was selfless in every sense of the word. Always there to lend a hand. He loved bringing people together and making them laugh. His smile was infectious. His friends, family, and all who knew him will deeply miss him.

Due to COVID a private funeral service will be held and officiated by Reverend Lewis Harris. Donations may be offered to McCabe Memorial Baptist Church at 107 Clearview Dr. Martinsville, VA 24112. A celebration of Freddie’s life will be held at a later date.


  • Fred Thomas Martin, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Lowanda McGuire Martin, Mother
  • Fred Thomas "Trey" Martin III, Son
  • Katherine Martin, Daughter-in-law
  • Tanya Michelle Martin, Daughter
  • Theresa Martin Wright, Sister
  • Kent Wright, Brother-in-law
  • Timothy Dean Martin, Brother
  • Jeffrey Porter, Very Close Friend to the Family
  • Horace Martin, Uncle
  • Annie Martin, Horace's wife
  • "Lil Bit", Freddie's beloved dog
  • Freddie is also survived by numerous cousinsand a lot of very good friends.



  • Private Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021


  • A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


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Deborah Massey

January 7, 2021

To The Family of Freddie Martin, Jr., It is with my deepest heartfelt sympathy to learn of Freddie's passing. I thought so much of Freddie and think so much of his Family. They are special people in my heart. I will always cherish the memories that I shared when coming to Martin Stables. May God bless and keep you during this sad time.

My deepest condolences and love,
Deborah Massey

theofilos Balabanis

January 6, 2021

Our deepest sympathy and love in your heart broken loss of Freddie.
Freddie was like his Dad Fred and will always be remembered with a " hi" and a smile.

With deepest sympathy and love,

Ted & Ruby Balabanis
and T R properties, Inc. staff

Deborah West

January 5, 2021

It is always hard to lose someone who was not only a part of your childhood but also a loyal member of your church. The Taylor family (Grace, Kathy, Deborah and Pam) all want to express our love and sympathy to the entire Martin Family.

Suellyn Danter

January 5, 2021

Heart broken - the family, community and horse industry lost a vital link

Deborah (Morrison) Puckett

January 4, 2021

My family has many pictures and great memories of the time we spent living on Wood Street which was many years ago. I especially have great memories of horseback riding at the stables when we were teenagers and spending time talking with Bugg, Horace, Freddie, and all his cowboy friends. He was always kind and wore a big smile on his face for everyone, especially when I got bucked off once. Lol. We were also Facebook friends and he always had a word of encouragement when it was needed and he loved to talk about the Lord! I know he especially has a huge smile on his face now because he is with his Saviour! Lowanda, Teresa, Tim, Horace and family, you are in my prayers for comfort that only the Lord can give! I know there is an empty place now for Freddie and Bugg, but I don't believe it will be long before we get to see them again and you will be forever by their side! Much love from me and the Morrison family! Debbie

Mary Thomas

January 4, 2021

With our deepest sympathy...thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Martin Family.

Marshall and Mary Thomas

Kathy Billings

January 4, 2021

Freddie was a wonderful person and I enjoyed our times spent talking about our lives, the good and the bad. Freddie was a very dedicated father and son. Trey, Tanya. Lowanda, Timmy I am so very sorry for your loss. Take care and you all are in my prayers. Love to all

Margie Gilbert

January 4, 2021

Thoughts & prayers are extended to Tim, Jeff and the family. I sat with him a few days & he was such a nice person.
Margie Gilbert

Debbie (Shelton) Chism

January 3, 2021

From 1962, I loved being at the stables. My dad and Granpa Tom were great friends and we spent many days hanging out on the farm. Freddie and the other (cowboys) were my idols. My love for horses never wavered all through the years. I would stop in from time to time to say hello to Fred senior, Uncle Horace and would always find Freddie working in the ring. He was a true cowboy, loved by all and will certainly live in our hearts forever. Sincere Condolences to the family and friends. Ride High my friend. xoxo

Jill Simms

January 3, 2021

I was lucky enough to be invited to one of Theresa's birthday parties (back in the day - quite the social event for a teenager that was treated like an outsider. Anyway, it was held near the stables. Got to ride again because of Freddie. So sorry for your loss but your memories will help heal the hurt.