Harlin “Shorty” Martin
Evans, GA – Harlin “Shorty” Martin, 87, loving husband to the late Mary Brooks Martin, entered into rest peacefully Monday morning, April 22, 2013, at Doctors Hospital. Graveside services will be held at Wrens Memorial Cemetery on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:00PM with Rev. Bobby Atkinson officiating.
Shorty was one of nine children born to the late Leila Waldon and Thomas J. Martin in Tuscaloosa AL. He lived in many areas in the southeast settling in Wrens as a farmer. Shorty loved to tinker and fix things—even if it was not broken. His passion was music and, even though he had no training, could play most any instrument by “ear”—he especially loved playing the guitar. Being an entertainer at heart, he enjoyed sharing his vast life experiences and telling his “stories”. He was always generous with his time and helping others—always a dedicated friend. Shorty’s greatest joy was his family—his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His lively spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Juttie Ann Littlepage; and seven of his siblings, Thelma Christian, T.J. Martin Jr., Ruby Appling, Dorothy McFerrin, Jean Reviral,Fred Martin and Marlin Martin. Survivors include in children, Doris Thompson (Jimmy), Millie Hull (Fred), Laure Ramsey (Jimmy) and Shirley Freeman (Don); a sister, Geneva Oxendine; eight grandchildren, Angela Sanders, Victor Wescott, Chris Baumer, April Ramsey Parham, Kerri Ramsey, Sherrie Cliett (Lin), Kenny Johnson (Heather) and Dalton Freeman; ten great grandchildren, Alan Scott, Casey Scott, Victoria Scott, Dylan Wescott, Sophie Baumer, Gwenyth Baumer, Kevin Fain, Katlyn Fain, Kensley Johnson and Rylan Johnson; four great great grandchildren, Olivia Scott, Ruby Scott, Libby Scott and Harley Scott; and numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Bryan Cates, Peter Paul Johnson, Steven Leedon, Jeff Sanders, Alan Scott and James Robert Sutton.
The family will receive friends at the residence of Sherrie Cliett, 459 Lawrence Drive, Evans GA, from 6:00-8:00PM on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 and one hour prior to services (from 1:45-2:45PM) at James Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to James Funeral Home, PO Box 588, Wrens GA 30833.
I’d like the memory of me
To be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
Of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
And bright and summer days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
To dry before the sun,
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done.