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“Condolences and best wishes to the family of Lester "Cookie" Martin, who saved my dad's life during a mid-air collision over Cromer, England in WW II...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Bob Craig, Jr. - Vero Beach, FL

“My family was saddened to hear about the passing of Capt. Martin. He saved my dad's life in the mid-air collision in the Briney Marlin B-24 over...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Bob Craig, Jr. - Vero Beach, FL

“As I remember Les was always a friendly easing going guy. i think everyone liked him. God bless his loved ones. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Winford Boyd - Ninety Six, SC

“Dear Katherine, Please accept my sympathy on the Lester'e death. When we were Seniors in Brewton, he and I shared playing center for Ben McLeod's...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Bill Brooks - Gulf Breeze, FL

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Martin. I will always remember him as our number one sports fan. Jim and Les your father was a great man...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Mike Posey - Waterloo, SC

“Sorry for your loss. Mr. Martin was an inspirational part of my life in my younger days. Jim, you and Les were very fortunate to have him as a father...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Robin Cary - Pensacola, FL

“I am very sorry to learn of Mr. Martin's passing. It was my great pleasure to have had the opportunity on more than one occassion to speak with him...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Darin Scorza - Raymore, MO

“Dear Kathrine, I thought of you when I attended the last D50 meeting. I am so sorry to hear of Lester's passing. May God bless you and sustain you...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Lewis Dorrity - Greenwood, SC

“HospiceCare of the Piedmont wishes to extend its condolences to the family of Lester Martin. Hospice considered it a privilege to care briefly for...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: HospiceCare of the Piedmont - SC

“We extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of Les. OUr prayers are with you. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Jimmy & Norma Britt - Greenwood, SC

“Dear Katherine & Family, Our love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Lester truly loved our church and our kids. On Friday nights, he was...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Mark Fox Family - Greenwood, SC

“Katherine, We are away on vacation but wanted you to know we are thinking about you and celebrating with you Lester's wonderful life. We rejoice...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Rick and Flora Hobson - Greenwood, SC

“I met Les at Chemstrand in Pensacola Fla. in 1954. We both transfered to Greenwood in 1960 and both retired in 1982. I have many enjoyable memories...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Matthew Gleber - Greenwood, SC

LESTER MARTIN Lester Cooke Martin, 88, resident of 108 Evergreen Drive, husband of Katherine M. Martin, died August 5, 2009 at Hospice House in Greenwood. Born on July 29, 1921 in Brewton, AL, he was a son of the late B.C. and Marguerite Cooke Martin. He served his country for four years during World War II as an officer in the United States Army Air Corps. He was a B-24 pilot in the 458th Bomb Group while stationed in England. Including the D-Day mission, he successfully flew 31 missions over enemy territory and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for safely landing his plane after a mid-air collision. After the war, Mr. Martin continued his career as a commercial pilot, flying for Pan American Airways and Eastern Airlines. In 1954, he went to work for Chemstrand (later Monsanto) in Pensacola, FL. In 1960, he and his family moved to Greenwood, SC where he began work on the initial start-up of the Greenwood Monsanto Plant. After retiring from Monsanto in 1982, he worked in real estate for several years. In later life, his greatest enjoyments were his grandchildren, sports, (especially watching and listening to Greenwood High School football games), and visiting family while vacationing in Brewton, AL and Destin, FL. Mr. Martin volunteered in many areas of the Greenwood Community and especially loved serving his church, Westminster Presbyterian. He was a charter member, serving as an elder and as the church treasurer for 17 years. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and dear friend to so many, he will be greatly missed. Surviving in addition to his wife of 57 years are his children, Les (Diane) Martin, Jim (Suzie) Martin, and Kay (Nick) Valaoras, and grandchildren, Ben and Matt Martin and George and Kate "Sissy" Valaoras. Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Kathleen McCollum and Virginia Brown, and a brother, Carlos Martin. Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 AM Saturday in Oakbrook Memorial Park. Memorial services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Dr. Chris Leonard, the Rev. Debby Plumstead Marshall, and the Rev. Larry Duncan officiating. The family is at the home in Belle Meade and will receive friends at Blyth Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 Friday evening and also in the church courtyard immediately following the memorial service. The family wishes to express grateful appreciation to Dr. John Holman, the staff at NHC, Self Regional Medical Center and Hospice Care of the Piedmont. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2330 Cokesbury Road, Greenwood, SC 29649, Greenwood United Ministries, 1404 Edgefield Street, Greenwood, SC 29646 or Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29646.

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