Born 10-18-1924 -- Died 12-31-2006
Billie G. Martin, 82, a former resident of Ash Flat and Melbourne died Dec. 31, 2006, at the Fayetteville Veterans Home in Fayetteille, Ark.
He was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Kaw City, Okla., the son of the late Forrest and Susie Martin.
He was a World War II veteran and served in both the U.S. Merchant Marines and the Army Air Corps from 1942 until 1949.
He served in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean campaigns during the war.
He was retired from Cooper Communities where he served as a construction manager at Hot Sprigns Village, Tellico Village in Lenoir City, Tenn., and Savannah Lakes Village in Mathews, S.C.
Prior to joining Cooper Communities, he worked for the Arkansas Highway Department as an assistant resident engineer in Wynne, Ark., for 10 years.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Sharon Martin of Cave Springs, Ark.; a daughter-in-law, April and Chris Westmoreland of Dacula, Ga.; four brothers, Doyne Martin of Plano, Texas, Bob Martin of Horseshoe Bend, Warren Martin of Phoenix, Ariz., and Gary Martin of Hardy; three sisters, Carmolita Ferguson of Searcy, Ark,; Carolyn Duncan of Jonesboro and Linda Thompson of Little Rock; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Susie Martin of Ash Flat; his wife, Eva Martin; a son, Kevin Martin; and a brother, Jesse Martin.
The funeral services were held on Jan. 3 at the Church of Christ in Ash Flat.
Burial followed in the Wiles Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne, Ark.
Memorials can be made to the Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.