William Harper Martin
November 7, 1931 – June 22, 2020
William H. "Bill" Martin, 88, of Cantonment, Florida, died Monday, June 22, 2020 at home. Bill was born November 07, 1931 in Selma, Alabama and grew up in Centreville, Alabama. He retired from the Escambia County School District after serving as the first principal of Escambia Westgate and then as principal at Cordova Park Elementary. Bill was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Pensacola. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in the Korean War. Bill was an ardent fan of Alabama football and enjoyed talking about the time he and his sons sat down with and talked to Coach Bear Bryant. He will be remembered by friends and family for working in his huge garden and sharing the many vegetables he grew. Bill is preceded in death by his father, W. R. Martin and mother, Janie Yeager Martin. Survivors include his wife, Billie Ann Martin; sons, Clint Martin and wife April of Pace, Florida and Douglas Martin and wife Candice of Niceville, Florida; sister, Joyce Jones of Columbiana, Alabama; brother, Jim Martin of Wilmington, North Carolina; grandchildren, Elizabeth Ball and husband Alex, Emily Martin, Kayla Martin and Brady Martin. There will be a private family service on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home followed by entombment at Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens.