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Colonel Edward Martin, USAF
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“Dear Mrs. Martin, Mandy & Gary, My prayers are with you all in this time of grief and sorrow. May God bless you all & give you the peace you need,...Read More »
1 of 61 | Posted by: Jeanie Hargreaves - FL

“Dear Martin Family, You do not know me and I only met Ed one time. We were at Houston Medical Center where he had his uncle for some medical tests...Read More »
2 of 61 | Posted by: Ann Finley - Warner Robins, GA

“Dear Martin Family- I wa so sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Martin. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Lonnie...Read More »
3 of 61 | Posted by: Lonnie Orphan Gibson - TX

“I recall fondly our time in OCS. Ed was one of the first to "welcome" me to 2nd sqdn. He was upbeat and wise, helping all of his classmates. I...Read More »
4 of 61 | Posted by: Ron Marshall - Washington, IL

“We met Ed when he sold my inlaws their home when they moved here from Ala. And no matter when we saw him, usually at Publix or the commissary, he...Read More »
5 of 61 | Posted by: Barbara and John Stone - GA

“All, we were very saddened to recieve this news. Uncle Ed was a great man, a man that I much admired and respected. Our thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
6 of 61 | Posted by: Rich and DeeDee Martin - Albany, OR

“Dearest MaryAnn, Mandy, Gary Our deepest sympathies are with you at this very difficult time. Ed touched all our lives in a very special and a...Read More »
7 of 61 | Posted by: Gary A Colwell, Judy, Angela, Karrin - WA

“Martin Family - Words cannot adequately express the sorrow I feel for your family. Mayor Martin was a kind, caring person. I so much enjoyed working...Read More »
8 of 61 | Posted by: Nancy Smith - Warner Robins, GA

“To the Martin family. My wife and I would like to express our condolences for your loss.Mayor Martin was a great supervisor and I...Read More »
9 of 61 | Posted by: Larry West - Warner Robins, GA

“We offer our deep sympathy to the Martin family. May the Lord give you His peace and comfort during this difficult time of such great loss to you all...Read More »
10 of 61 | Posted by: Jo & Noel Robbins - Warner Robins, GA

“Mrs. Martin and family, Just a note to let you know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Sandra and Butch Lunceford, Watkinsville, Ga. ”
11 of 61 | Posted by: Sandra Lunceford - Watkinsville, GA

“Mandy, Darrell and Martin family, You are in our thoughts at this time of sorrow and will be in our prayers. Danielle, Matt and Dominique ”
12 of 61 | Posted by: Danielle Browning - warner robins, GA

“My thoughts & prayers are with you Connie ”
13 of 61 | Posted by: Connie Schneider - Pinehurst, NC

“Virginia and I share the sadness at the passing of Col Ed Martin. He was my right hand at OCS, a good man to all who knew him, and a fine officer in...Read More »
14 of 61 | Posted by: Allen & Virginia Montecino - MD

“Dearest Martin Family, May you find peace knowing that many others loved him too. We will miss our friend and that familiar twinkle in his eye! ...Read More »
15 of 61 | Posted by: Helen and Guy Starling - WR, GA

“Mary Ann, Gary, LiAnne, & Mandy, We are so sorry to hear about Ed's passing this past Sunday. Linda & I have fond memories of spending time with Ed,...Read More »
16 of 61 | Posted by: John & Linda Schneider - NC

“We at Middle Georgia Mutual send our thoughts and prayers to the entire Martin family. ”
17 of 61 | Posted by: Seth Gordy - Griffin, GA

“Dear Martin Family, My condolences for your time of loss. ”
18 of 61 | Posted by: David Emmett - Norcross, GA

“Ed will be missed. He was a good friend and roll model both during and after the OCS days. He is the perfect example of how OCS turned ordinary...Read More »
19 of 61 | Posted by: Raymond E Godin - Sun City, AZ

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We've lost a good man! ”
20 of 61 | Posted by: Don & Pepper Bahr - NC

“When Ed would stop by the office, his smiling face was always a comfort to me. He made us laugh and we will miss him so very much. Our prayers are...Read More »
21 of 61 | Posted by: Steve & Tracy Berman - GA

“Dear Martin family: My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. As a long-time Warner Robins business man, I admired Ed and...Read More »
22 of 61 | Posted by: Stan Tydings - Centerville, GA

“Lois and I would like to say that we are sincerely sorry to hear about Ed's passing. We truly enjoyed the time we spent together at the various...Read More »
23 of 61 | Posted by: Dean M. & Lois E. Heal - Sumter, SC

“Gary, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Dick ”
24 of 61 | Posted by: Richard Crock - Duluth, GA

“Ed was always a friend and a great listener as well as a great leader. He will be missed by us as well as all of Warner Robins. God Bless this family...Read More »
25 of 61 | Posted by: Ben and Judy Goodman - GA

“Mary Ann, Gary, Mandy & family, I am heartbroken to hear about the loss of Ed. It was an honor to have known him. I truely admired and looked up...Read More »
26 of 61 | Posted by: Paul and Kelley Price - Canton, MA

“Dear Mary Ann and Family, Susan & I want to express our sincere sympathy in your loss. Although words seldom help ease the sadness you are...Read More »
27 of 61 | Posted by: Dick and Susan Arrington - GA

“I'm very sorry to hear about Col. Edward Martin passing away. My prayers are with his family & friends. John ”
28 of 61 | Posted by: John Perry - Chandler, AZ

“Ed was a man of quiet strength and a first rate problem solver. We will miss you, good friend. ”
29 of 61 | Posted by: Fred Brown - Riverview,, FL

“Mary Ann, Mandy, Gary & Family, Words cannot express the priviledge to have known your Dad. I can't remember a time in the past 20 years that Ed was...Read More »
30 of 61 | Posted by: Jack & Becky Bryan - GA

“Gary, In time, may the memories of your Dad help comfort you and your family. I am praying for strength, comfort and peace for you and your family....Read More »
31 of 61 | Posted by: Kim & Wayne Thompson & Family - GA

“Dick and I wish to send our deepest sympathy to all of you. Ed was a great guy and he will always be remembered for all the things he did for every...Read More »
32 of 61 | Posted by: Lois & Dick Wilson - Ocala, FL

“So sorry to hear of Ed's passing. We have lost a good Christian man who had a quiet dignity about him. He loved his family and always had a smile...Read More »
33 of 61 | Posted by: Bob, Paula & Wes Cunningham - GA

“Dear One (Maryanne) and all family, To say I'm sorry seems so inadequate, but I am truly sorry for your unexpected loss of Ed and the pain that goes...Read More »
34 of 61 | Posted by: carolyn miller - centerville, GA

“We are holding you in our prayers during this time of your bereavement. ”
35 of 61 | Posted by: Roy and Beverly Cowart - GA

“You will be forever missed Mr. Martin..I will miss seeing your smiling face and positive attitude walking through the door everyday at the office!!!...Read More »
36 of 61 | Posted by: Christie & Brad Durham - GA

“I remember Mr.Martin as i was working at a local nursing. I was young and not thinking much about our local politics. One day during his first term...Read More »
37 of 61 | Posted by: tammie jordan - warner robins, GA

“Long before Houston County Vision 20/20 was conceived, Mayor Ed Martin called me and the Mayor of Centerville, along with the county commission...Read More »
38 of 61 | Posted by: Mayor Jim Worrall - Perry, GA

“Dear Mary Ann, Words cannot express the saddness we feel in learning of the loss of your husband and best friend. Please know you and your family...Read More »
39 of 61 | Posted by: Betty Fox - Daytona Beach, FL

“Mary Ann and Family, What a tremendous loss for us all. We will miss his inviting smile and warm conversations. So very sorry for your loss. ”
40 of 61 | Posted by: Jim & Cheryl Taylor - GA

“Dear Mary Ann and Family, My sincerest condolences on the loss of you dear husband, father and grandfather! As the saying goes, "to know Ed was to...Read More »
41 of 61 | Posted by: Pete Petkoff - San Antonio, TX

“Dear Mary Ann, I am so sorry for the early passing of Ed. We go back a very long time and remember many nice outings both at church functions and...Read More »
42 of 61 | Posted by: Joanne L. Maguire - Warner Robins, GA

“You will be missed by all who knew and loved you ”
43 of 61 | Posted by: Kern & Julia Wofford - Clermont, FL

“Being able to count Ed Martin as my friend has been a tremendous blessing. Carolyn and I offer our sincere sympathy to Mary Ann and the family ”
44 of 61 | Posted by: Donald E. Rose - Whittier, NC

“Daddy, not a day will go by that I will not miss you. Your passing has left a hole in my heart that will never be filled until I see you again in...Read More »
45 of 61 | Posted by: Mandy - Warner Robins, GA

“Our deepest regrets and condolences at the passing of Ed. We will sorely missm him. Be assured that we will keep Ed in our memory and in our...Read More »
46 of 61 | Posted by: Tom and Joyce Lowes - Granbury, TX

“Like many others, we greatly admired Ed's character and leadership. His departure is a tragic loss for Air Force Officer Candidate School Class 59C....Read More »
47 of 61 | Posted by: Burt & Beryl Stueve - Annandale, VA

“Mandy, My heart goes out to you and your family, Edie and I lost our dad two years ago, so we know what a void you have, just remember all the...Read More »
48 of 61 | Posted by: Ginger Dukes - Warner Robins, GA

“We've spent many happy times with Ed, Mary Ann and their family. We WILL miss him> ”
49 of 61 | Posted by: Don and Marilyn Walsh - TX

“We will miss Ed greatly. Our prayers & condolences go to Mary Ann and the family! ”
50 of 61 | Posted by: Earnie & Joyce Long - Denver, CO

“Ed and I were barracks mates during the first three months of our USAF Officer Candidate School from March to June 1959 and I always recall him as a...Read More »
51 of 61 | Posted by: Roy and Darlene Leggitt - AZ

“The news of the loss of Ed left a huge hole in our hearts. He was a unique and loving individual. As a fellow OCS alumn he held a very special...Read More »
52 of 61 | Posted by: Martha & Howard Ferrill - TX

“Mary Ann, I agree with Ken Clark--my best memory of Ed may be when he led other faithful Daedalians in song at Jim's visitation. I will always...Read More »
53 of 61 | Posted by: Dianne Carter - Warner Robins, GA

“We will miss you as a friend, our class will miss you as a leader; the World is a much poorer place without your presence. We pray for your safe...Read More »
54 of 61 | Posted by: Bob & Sandy Hultslander - SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Martin family, their church and their community for all have have suffered a tremendous loss. I pray they...Read More »
55 of 61 | Posted by: Russell T Abney - Atlanta, GA

“My prayers go to his loyal and caring wife, his children and grand children who are depreived of such a warm gregarious and kind man. To his allways...Read More »
56 of 61 | Posted by: Michael Marchant - Fort Worth, TX

“As a fellow USAF OCS 59C classmate, Ed was an inspiration to all of us who admired his caring attitude and confident leadership of our group. We...Read More »
57 of 61 | Posted by: Lawrence Enomoto - Ewa Beach, HI

“I just wanted to say just how much Ed meant to all of my family. When we moved here he was our realtor and boy did we have fun looking at homes. We...Read More »
58 of 61 | Posted by: Paula (Carolyn Wiseman's daughter) O'Hearn - GA

“Being an employee of IDMI for a year now, I have one great memory of Mr. Martin: EVERYTIME he came by, he walked through the halls and greeted each...Read More »
59 of 61 | Posted by: Elizabeth Frink - WARNER ROBINS, GA

“Ed was a valued member of Eagle Flight, Order of Daedalians. I often sat next to him at our luncheons and enjoyed swaping tales of travel and family...Read More »
60 of 61 | Posted by: Ken & Lee Kingery-Clark - Macon, GA

“I send my deepest condolences to the Martin Family, they've set the example and raised the bar for human decency and kindness as reflected in the...Read More »
61 of 61 | Posted by: Everett Hinson - Dallas, TX


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Col. Edward Martin, 72, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2009.

Col. Martin was born on March 7, 1936 in Georgetown, Illinois, the son of Carl and Margarite Martin. He enlisted in the U. S. Air Force at the age of seventeen, graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1959 and went to become a pilot. In 1960, he married Mary Ann Thigpen of Chatahoochee, Florida. In 1962, they had their first child, Amanda (Mandy), and their son, Gary, joined them two years later. Ed went on to serve in the U. S. Air Force for thirty years, mainly flying B-52s and his service included a tour in Vietnam, while stationed at Robins Air Force Base. He retired in 1983, was awarded the Legion of Merit and moved to Warner Robins.

Ed worked as a realtor at Golden Key for several years; then his community commitment led him to successfully run for mayor of Warner Robins, a post in which he served two successive terms. In retirement, he was a faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church where he served on the finance committee. He was a lifetime member of the Optimist Club, a lifetime member of the American Cancer Society, a Mason and actively involved in the Order of the Daedalians.

He loved to golf, to take his grandchildren fishing and to travel; most of all, he loved taking care of his wife Mary Ann and doing whatever he could for his family. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

His presence and love for life will forever be remembered by his loving wife, Mary Ann, Warner Robins; daughter, Mandy (Darrel) Straham, Warner Robins; his son, Gary (LiAnne) Martin, Warner Robins; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 3, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at Christ United Methodist Church. Pastors Jim McIlrath, Kathy Israel-McLeod and Tommy Martin will officiate. Interment will follow in Andersonville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Christ United Methodist Building Fund, 511 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins GA 31088.

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