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“I am so sorry to hear that Ms Octavia passed. I worked with her in the late 80's at Lake City Community Hospital and she became a dear friend of my...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Teresa Dewitt Dullaghan

“My prayers are with you . I worked with Ms. Martin at FGH and had the highest respect for her as a person and nurse. she was a most caring person ...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Wand Mouzon - Tryon, NC

“As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: The Pierce Family - Florence, SC

“Please accept my deepest sympathies. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: pat elliott

“i am so sorry for your lost. i will miss seeing her everyday and talking to her. she was a good woman, avery we are here if you need us. donna(iga) ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: donna perkins - florence, SC


Octavia Singletary Martin entered into eternal rest Thursday, August 22, 2013. She was born on March 13, 1931 to the late Oscar L. Singletary and Bessie McElveen Singletary in Olanta, South Carolina. Octavia accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior at an early age. She attended Jordan Chapel Baptist Church in Olanta, South Carolina with her parents. She was baptized in the Lynches River. She later became a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake City, South Carolina. Octavia relocated to New York and became a member of Newman Memorial United Methodist Church where she worshipped until her return home to Florence, where she became a member of Cumberland United Methodist Church. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women, Interest Area 6. She was joined in holy matrimony to Mr. Thomas B. Martin of Lake City, South Carolina. "Tavy", as she is known to many, received her education in Florence County Schools, Lake City, South Carolina. She later attended New York City Technical College where she obtained a degree in Nursing, becoming a professional Registered Nurse. She did further studies at Hunter College School of Nursing, New York, NY pursuing a degree in Health Care Administration. For over forty years, Octavia worked as a Head Nurse, an ICU Nurse, OR Nurse, and her most loved area, as a Geriatric Nurse. On her return to South Carolina, Octavia worked at the Florence General Hospital and Honorage Nursing Center where she trained students for positions as CNA's. She was, called by many, an excellent nurse who provided top notch patient care. She was commended by DHEC for her devotion to direct patient care. Octavia was also a volunteer for the Red Cross. As we journey through life, we pray to be attentive to God speaking to our hearts. We shared many good years of life with our mother. She was closely united with her family and loved them from one generation to the next. She ministered and loved to share her time and talents with others. She was passionate about nursing and she did this with integrity and deep joy. She radiated her sense of delight in life, her determined spirit, her deep faith, and sensitivity to meet the needs of others throughout her life. Mother always looked good, but it was not just a surface appearance, she exuded energy, joy, and honesty that stemmed from her deep faith and her openness to follow what God was speaking to her heart. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Rajah R. Singletary. She leaves to cherish her memories, four children Lionel (Doreen) Martin of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Vanessa (James) Heggs of Providence, Rhode Island, Adrienne (Victor) Ray of Warner Robins, Georgia, Avery Martin of Florence, one sister, Mary Eucelle Singletary of Quinby, South Carolina, eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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