James Allen Martin, 88, of Tullahoma passed away October 27, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Martha Louise Martin and his parents James Alfred Martin and Estelle Camp Martin.
Mr. Martin is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Marsha and Ron Willis of Madison, Alabama; and his son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Lynne Martin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Mr. Martin leaves behind five grandchildren and their families: Christopher Willis of Apex, North Carolina; Dr. Jennifer Willis Ball and her husband Dr. Travis Ball of Madison, Alabama; Wesley Martin and his wife Jennifer Martin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Ashley Martin Harris and her husband Martin of High Point, North Carolina; and Alex Martin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He has five great-grandchildren, Shelby Ann Ball and Katelyn Michele Ball of Madison, Alabama; Kingston Harris of High Point, North Carolina; and Hannah Martin of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Mr. Martin served in the Provost Marshall?s Office at Camp Wolters, Texas from 1944 to 1945. After separation from the US Army in 1945, Mr. Martin and his wife Martha lived in Daingerfield, Texas and later Ft. Worth Texas where he worked on projects such as the US Air Force F-111 fighter as a design engineer for General Dynamics Corporation. Mr. Martin moved to Tullahoma in 1964 to become a Section Supervisor in the Central Machine Shops Branch at Arnold Engineering Development Center. He had risen to Director of all machine shop operations prior to his retirement in 1987. Mr. Martin was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Tullahoma where he donated countless hours toward maintaining and improving the church’s facility. He was a member of Oasis Masonic Lodge Number 79.
Visitation will be held on October 29th, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Kilgore Funeral Home in Tullahoma.
A funeral service will follow visitation at the funeral home with interment immediately following in Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Tullahoma.
The Martin family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the staff of Life Care Center of Tullahoma and Hospice Compassus for the compassionate care they provided Mr. Martin during this difficult time.
Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.