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William Lee Martin

William Lee (W.L.)

W.L. Martin age 90, of Laurel Fork, Va. died Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Valley Health Care in Chilhowie, Va. He was born on May 23, 1927 in Six, West Va.; the son of the late Hubert F. and Lettie O. Martin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey G. Martin; a son, Benny Martin; brothers Elton E. Martin, Ralph K. Martin, and Hubert F. Martin, Jr.

He is survived by four sisters, Sibil Martin Turner, Glenda Martin Fontaes, Willodean Martin Burke, and Fay Martin Nail. One son, Jimmy Martin and wife, Amy. Three grandchildren, Amanda Martin, J.W. Martin, Jessica Rakes; one great grandchild, Brantley Wayne Rakes; and a special friend, Penny Arnold.

W.L. discontinued his education after completing seventh grade to work on the family farm and help raise his seven siblings. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during W.W. II. During his tour, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant/Tank Commander. He also received the Victory Medal. After returning home from the military, he pursued several different career paths including welder, farmer, auto body mechanic, and long haul truck driver. His lack of a formal education was overcome by a dedication to strong work ethic.

After sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in a truck accident, he was forced to retire at age 60. Through rehabilitation and a strong-willed determination, he returned to a life of part time gentleman farmer, fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His memory will be cherished by all who have known "OLE MAN MARTIN."

At Mr. Martin's request, there will be no public services.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the Martin Family.

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Jessica Martin Dec 21 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Martin

Jessica Martin Dec 21 2017 12:00 AM

Jimmy, Our sympathy to you and your family. Debra and Rogene Nester Laurel Fork, VA

Debra Nester Dec 20 2017 12:00 AM

My heartfelt sympathy to all the family, please know I'm thinking of you more than words can say at this difficult time. All the love and care around you from family and friends will bring you comfort. I have wonderful memories of being with W.L. at our many family times when he and his brothers would get together to hunt, fish and just have a great time of being together. He will surely be missed by all who loved and knew him. With Sympathy, Carolyn Martin

carolyn martin Dec 20 2017 12:00 AM

JW Martin Dec 20 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Martin

JW Martin Dec 20 2017 12:00 AM

Hey Jimmy, Sorry to hear of WL's passing. He may have saved my life one night by taking me home instead of helping me jump-start that old 442. I always meant to thank him for that. Mom left us back in June of '16. I did not know that Benny had left this world. I hope you are holding up as well as anyone can in such times. And I'm still sorry about teaching y'all to throw rocks at bees' nests. Dwain

Dwain Sutphin Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

I love you Pa Pa Martin

Amanda Martin Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Martin

Amanda Martin Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

Jimmy martin Dec 19 2017 12:00 AM

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