Funeral arrangements have been set for longtime elected official Jimmy Carter Martin, 52, who passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012following complications from cancer.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 2 - 8 p.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church with visitation from 11 a.m. until services. Rev. David Freeman will officiate. Interment will follow at Caraway Cemetery.
Active pallbearers: Johnny Knowles, Jay White, Glen Donoho, Michael Lalonde, Jerry Ray Jordan, Quintin Smith, Clyde Elmore andButch Martin. Honorary pallbearers: Vicki Odum "Blue", Ann Boyd, Kim White, Betty Swindle, Lavergne Griffin, Lori Hackett, Sherry Dowell, Brenda Midgett, Marie Barrett andBetty Griffin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon Lions Club.
The lifelong Wilson County resident made local history in 1978, when at age 19, he became the youngest person ever elected to the County Commission where he served the 21st District. The surprising win was the first of many for Martin, who just three years later was appointed by the County Commission to fill the unexpired term of Circuit Court Clerk Ray Woodard, who retired in 1981.
Martin finished the 14 months remaining in Woodards term and in 1982 sought and won re-election to the Circuit Court Clerk post, where he served four more terms.
Martin returned to public service after emerging the victor from a field of 10 candidates in the 2000 election for Assessor of Property where he served one term.
In addition to holding public office for more than two decades, Martin was also active in a number of civic clubs and organizations, including the Lions Club where he served two terms as president and received the Lion of the Year award.
He was a member of the Lebanon Jaycees and a recipient of the civic groups Distinguished Service Award. Martin also served as President of the Babe Ruth Baseball League and was a longtime member of Gladeville Baptist Church and a current member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include: mother, Jeanette Bryan Martin Walker, children Rachel (Chad) Lanning, Elizabeth (Adam) Patterson and Clint Martin, sisters Angela (Michael) Lalonde and Becky Martin, grandson Chad Thomas Lanning Jr. and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Carter Martin, Sr. and grandparents Frank Martin, Frederick Martin Boshears; and J. Pat (Lucille) Bryan.
Partlow Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. 615-444-7007 www.partlowchapel.com obit line 615-444-7700