OBITUARY

Kenneth C. "Ken" Martin

May 2, 1947March 5, 2019
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Kenneth C. "Ken" Martin, age 71, of Alabaster, Alabama, passed away on March 5, 2019, following a difficult battle with cancer. Ken served in the US Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He worked in communications from Southern Bell, to South Central Bell, to AT&&T, to Lucent Technologies, then decided to try his hand on the pipeline. In 2008, he was an Environmental Inspector on in Bristol, Tennessee and in 2010, was Chief Inspector on DOT projects and beyond. In December of 2017, he retired from the pipeline. Ken loved building project. He built a house and gazebo on the Warrior River, with the help of family and friends. He drew up plans and remodeled the inside of the family home. When it was time to build a new deck, he added a lower deck with fire pit and a gazebo off the side. In the summer of 2018, he built a pergola, and plowed & replanted a portion of the backyard with plans to finish the yard this summer. He loved riding his motorcycle, playing golf on Thursdays, watching Alabama football, playing catch with his dog, Lizzie, and especially, spoiling his grandchildren. Ken is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jane Martin; son, Kenneth C. "Marty" Martin, Jr.; daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Allen; son-in-law, Steve Allen; two grandchildren, Matthew Allen and Madison Allen; brother, Ron Martin; sister-in-law, Marla Martin; sister, Barbara Martin Blackerby; nieces, Sharon, Sheila and Shea; and nephews, Mitchell and Cody. His life will be celebrated on Friday, March 8, 2019. A committal service will be held at 11:45 AM at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, followed by a luncheon at 12:30 PM at Southside Baptist Church in Alabaster. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 PM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), with a reception to follow. Pastor J. D. Davis will officiate. The family requests any memorial donations be made to Southside Baptist Church, 7183 Hwy 119, Alabaster, AL 35007, or a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Committal Service Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Luncheon Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

Kenneth C. "Ken" Martin

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David Reed

March 9, 2019

Beth, Steve, Matt and Madison,
Mere words cannot describe the depth of our condolences for Ken's passing. I just saw this online the day after his funeral. Cindy, Emily and I are praying for you in this time of sorrow.

Lisabeth Shivers Craft

March 6, 2019

I was a toddler when I bacame part of the family. Kenny always made me feel like part of it. He would always make me smile and laugh. Kenny will be missed, Ian sorry for the loss of a husband father,granddad, and brother.May God help through this time of grieving.
Love always
Your cousin Lis

Deborah Erwin Williams

March 6, 2019

Jane, Marty (and family), Beth (and family), Barbara (and family), Ronnie (and family):
My heart is there with you all! I'm so sorry about the loss of Kenny! I will forever remember his loving heart, and his constant teasing of me when I was able to be with family. Kenny always made me smile, and feel loved as his "little cousin" as he called me! I know that you all were well loved by my momma & daddy! Family is precious to me, and I hope each of you know that! I'm so sorry that I will not be able to attend the services. But due to my husband's mother passing away, and due to Judy Ann being so sick at Emory, I can't be there. You all will be in my heart this week, Friday, and in the time to come. I love you all. God bless you.

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Biography

Kenneth C. "Ken" Martin, age 71, of Alabaster, Alabama, passed away on March 5, 2019, following a difficult battle with cancer. Ken served in the US Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He worked in communications from Southern Bell, to South Central Bell, to AT&&T, to Lucent Technologies, then decided to try his hand on the pipeline. In 2008, he was an Environmental Inspector on in Bristol, Tennessee and in 2010, was Chief Inspector on DOT projects and beyond. In December of 2017, he retired from the pipeline.
Ken loved building project. He built a house and gazebo on the Warrior River, with the help of family and friends. He drew up plans and remodeled the inside of the family home. When it was time to build a new deck, he added a lower deck with fire pit and a gazebo off the side. In the summer of 2018, he built a pergola, and plowed & replanted a portion of the backyard with plans to finish the yard this summer.
He loved riding his motorcycle, playing golf on Thursdays, watching Alabama football, playing catch with his dog, Lizzie, and especially, spoiling his grandchildren.
Ken is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jane Martin; son, Kenneth C. "Marty" Martin, Jr.; daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Allen; son-in-law, Steve Allen; two grandchildren, Matthew Allen and Madison Allen; brother, Ron Martin; sister-in-law, Marla Martin; sister, Barbara Martin Blackerby; nieces, Sharon, Sheila and Shea; and nephews, Mitchell and Cody.
His life will be celebrated on Friday, March 8, 2019. A committal service will be held at 11:45 AM at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, followed by a luncheon at 12:30 PM at Southside Baptist Church in Alabaster. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 PM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo), with a reception to follow. Pastor J. D. Davis will officiate. The family requests any memorial donations be made to Southside Baptist Church, 7183 Hwy 119, Alabaster, AL 35007, or a charity of your choice.