Henry C. Martin

December 9, 1920June 10, 2013

Henry Casper Martin, age 92, passed away at home June 10, 2013 in Greenville, S.C.

Born on December 9, 1920 in Dallas, N.C., he graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Fla. and continued his education at The University of Florida. He joined The United States Marine Corps in early 1942 and achieved the rank of Staff Sargeant before the end of the World War II. Graduating from University of Florida in 1948 with a BS in Horticulture, he went on to a 27-year career with Florida State University, 4 years with Capital City Country Club, 15 years with the City of Tallahassee, and owned and operated his own wholesale nursery.

Henry spent many years as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher at Immanuel Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla. He became a member of The Free Masons in 1949 and was a past president of The Florida Turf Grass Association.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, of 46 years, Dorothy Best Martin, a stepson, a grandson, 3 granddaughters and a great-grandson. He is survived by his wife Pollyann Martin, his children Jane Kahler (David), Bonnie Varble (Robert), Nellie Allen (Jim), Betty Williams Prather, Roy Martin (Loretta), Jennifer Robinson (Doug), and 22 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 4 great great-grandchildren.

A private family graveside service will be held in Tallahassee, Fla. A memorial service will be held in Travelers Rest, S.C. at Jackson Grove United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 14 at 9:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Jackson Grove UMC (PO Box 1683, Travelers Rest, S.C. 29690) or to a favorite Hospice.



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June 15, 2013

Sending love and prayers your way.
Denise Allen

Peggy Adair

June 14, 2013

Nellie, Bonnie,
Amen to your father, Amen,

Lori Ivarson

June 14, 2013

My heart goes out to you all with sympathy and prayers for a great celebration of life and remembrance and continuing peace and comfort from our Lord and Savior.

Joel Lawson

June 14, 2013

Jane, Bonnie, Nellie, Roy and Family,

I just can't imagine how life would have been growing up without the positive influence of your family and the role models that we witnessed to try and follow.
Through the lowest valleys and highest peaks of life the Martin family was always there to lean on.

With fond memories and deepest sympathy,

Joel Lawson

Betty Williams Prather

June 14, 2013

Henry was my stepdad and I loved him every bit as much as I did my biological dad. His sense of humor was absolutely delightful and I loved to kid around with him. He treated my mother like a queen and was always a gentleman to everyone he encountered. He will be deeply missed by all of his friends and loved ones, but we know we'll see him again one day when we're all reunited in heaven!