OBITUARY

James Bartley Martin Sr.

August 18, 1946May 9, 2017
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James Bartley “JB” Martin, Sr., of Mechanicsville, Virginia, passed away, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his home. “JB” was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 18, 1946 to James Edward and Mildred Ogburn Johnson Martin.

“JB” served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Independence from 1967-1973, in the Mediterranean. Later he would become a Virginia Game Warden and Deputy Sherriff for Hanover County. “JB” worked along-side his father at Radio Communications until he retired. He later also retired as a Technician with Arcet Equipment. “JB” is survived by his wife, Grace Martin; five sons, James B. Martin Jr. (Katie), Brian Michael Martin, Matthew N. Martin (Kimberly), Bobby Lee Rivers and Eddie Clarke (Jennifer); one daughter, Michelle Lee Smith (Bart); nine grandchildren; 2 sisters, Helen Mayers and Betty Jane Hughes (Bill); nephew, Chris Andrews along with many other nephews, nieces and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hanover CREW Foundation. Memorial Visitation for James Bartley “JB” Martin Sr. will be 5-8:00 p.m., Friday, May, 12, 2017 at Woody Funeral Home, Atlee Chapel, 9271 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. Memorial Service will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at Woody Funeral Home, Atlee Chapel, with Military Honors.

Online condolences may be made at www.woodyfuneralhomeatlee.com

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Friday, May 12, 2017

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 13, 2017

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carolyn hawk

May 18, 2017

Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all the family especially our three sons, James Jr. (Jamie), Brian, and Matthew (Matt) and our precious grandchildren. Our oldest Bonnie 19, Michael 15, twins Rebecca and Austin 12, and Jason 10. They not only have lost their dad and grandpa but a friend to them also. Now they will have special memories to share with each other.
Carolyn

Cynthia Mayers Litten

May 13, 2017

It has been years since I saw Jimmy or even thought about him. Now he has been sick and has passed away. I reflect on all I remember about him and it is surprising even to me how much he has been in and out of my life.
I first met him when his sister Helen married my cousin Tommy Mayers. I thought Jimmy was cute.
One summer Rose Ann joined a bowling team with Jimmy but her parents took a trip to Alaska and she couldn't bowl. The league had it's rules so Rose Ann had me take her place. I bowled once a week with Jimmy. He asked me out a few times after the game but I always refused and said I had to be home. (True, my dad and I watched Alfred Hitchcock.)
Jimmy went into the military a non smoker. He came back smoking. I bugged him for it but he said that was the way they punished in the military. Take away the mens' cigarettes. He said they got upset that he wasn't smoking, so rather than take their harassment he joined in.
Then I remember Jimmy when he married my classmate Carolyn Morton. Used to practice saying her name. Carolyn Morton Martin.
I saw his boys in church each Sabbath for years.
Then as it goes I got married and moved out of Virginia.
Many years later when my son Warren left the Coast Guard and was looking for a job I called Jimmy to check on the Game Warden position I had seen posted. He gave me the scoop on that one.
I thought that was all I remembered but when I told my son Aaron that Jimmy Martin had died, that he had known his sons. Aaron said no but there is something about that name. I know I know him. Then he remembered, he had worked for Tommy at the storage buildings and Jimmy was around a lot. They often went to lunch. Aaron told me about the time Jimmy fell and broke his leg on a ladder. Ouch!
Today, his funeral day, I will be thinking about Jimmy all day. I am sure there will be many more memories to surface. Jimmy will be around in my mind for years to come.

May 12, 2017

Grace and family, so sorry for your loss, thinking of you. Gayle Borum

Margaret Burke

May 11, 2017

Grace, Jamie, Matt & Brian, I wish I had the words to comfort you during this sad time, J.B. was a great man and a wonderful friend. We love you all and will be praying for you through this difficult time. Our deepest love and sympathy. Gary and Margaret

May 11, 2017

Grace Lee and family,
So sorry for your loss. Have been thinking of you. Cannot get there for the service but will see you later.
Love inna

Bernie Henderson

May 10, 2017

As President of Woody Funeral Home, I extend our deepest sympathy from all our staff for your loss. We are committed to providing the utmost care to you at this time and throughout the days to come. Our purpose is to assist and serve you in a manner that exceeds your expectations. We pledge to strive to merit the trust you have reposed in us.

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