Cleo Winifred Martin

May 4, 1927October 25, 2018

Cleo Winifred Martin was born May 04, 1927 in Ringling Oklahoma to Whitfield Martin and Edna Mae Jackson, and went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 25, 2018, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX.

Services are scheduled for Monday October 29, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home chapel, officiated by Reverend Clyde Brown.

He served in the US Navy as a Crew Landing Craft Pilot during World War II in the South Pacific. He served at Iwo Jima during the "Raising of The Flag", and the feint invasion of Okinawa.

He honorably earned two Battle Stars while serving aboard the USS Mifflin, of which he was a Plank Owner, and was instrumental in ensuring the victories of the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa Japan. He was honorably discharged after the end of World War II.

He retired after 34 faithful years working for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier in Odessa, Texas.

He was a worship leader in his church, and taught Sunday school for many years. He was the first president of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in Odessa, Texas. He was a faithful member of Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God, Odessa Texas.

He enjoyed fishing, working on automobiles, and motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Bobbye) of 40 years, sons Jimmy Ellis and wife Sherry, David Ellis and wife Stacy, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, his brother Stanley W. Transier of Bacliff, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepfather Stafford Transier, Fernie Manis, and a son Shawn Ellis.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God, Odessa Texas, or Home Hospice of Odessa, Texas. Internment with full military honors will be at Ector County Cemetery in Odessa, Texas immediately following the services.


  • Barbara (Bobbye) Anne Martin, Wife
  • Jimmy Ellis and wife Sherry, Son
  • David Ellis and wife Stacy, Son
  • Stanley W. Transier, Brother
  • eight grandchildren
    13 great-grandchildren
    one great-great-grandchild

  • Home Hospice
  • Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God


  • Visitation Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 29, 2018

Cleo Winifred Martin

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Wes Watson

November 2, 2018

I remember Cleo at Rocky Creek Baptist Church at Brownwood, TX. as a kind friendly man to all. He had a keen sense of humor and sat at the front of the church giving encouragement to Bro. Rick with his Amens and comments. It was a pleasure to hear his stories about his Navy WWII experiences.
Wes Watson

Ricky Acosta

October 30, 2018

My prayers for Cleo & condolences to the Martin family. I worked with Cleo @ the post office. He was one great man. Working with him, made my day better, bc of his humor & personality. Listening to him whistle & his voice of an angel put everyone in a great mood. My he RIP