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James E. 'Grandpa Ed' Martin of Caldwell, passed away Jan. 3rd, at the age of 96. He was born in Brownsville, Pa. on Nov. 29, 1921 to Alfred and Georgia (Williams) Martin.
He was a proud graduate of Smoot High School in the class of 1941 and Morris Harvey College in the class of 1975. He served in the US Army during World War II from 1942-1946 in the Philippines. He was recalled to active duty in 1951 with the 11th Airborne Division following the outbreak of the Korean Conflict. He remained in the Army until his retirement in 1968.
In post-retirement, he owned two small businesses, belonged for a time with the Lion's Club; sang with the Men of Greenbrier Barbershop Chorus; was a member of The Strawberry Wine Barbershop Quartet; had been a Volunteer Reader at White Sulphur Springs Elementary School for over 20 years; belonged to the Greenbrier Artists; and was the author of three children's books, an autobiography, and several other books. His hobbies included working in his vegetable and flower gardens, mountain hiking,a nd enjoying his grand and great-grandchildren.
Survivors are his wifwe of 71 years, Betty Jean Martin; his son Rodney S. Martin and wife Sharry of Port Orange, FL; his daughter, Anita Sue White and husband, Jim of White Sulphur Springs; grandson Jaired White and friend Michelle Level of Richmond, VA; granddaughter, Jessica White and partner Lisa Dolan of Lewisburg, WV; and granddaughter Jana White of Lewisburg; great-grandchildren Amber O'Conner of Atlanta, GA, Lane White of Richmond, VA, Jaxon, Mace, Maddix, and Lyndi of Lewisburg, WV, and great-great-granddaughter, Callie of Atlanta, GA.
A Celebration of life will be at McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the White Sulphur Elementary Library Fund, 150 Reed St., White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986.
Friends may call two hours prior to service at the funeral home.
McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.
Published on January 4, 2018
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