The Obit For Tom Martin

Thomas Patrick Martin

Published in the Press-Register from July 18 to July 19, 2011

Thomas Patrick Martin, age 85, a native of Mobile, AL passed away July 17, 2011 after a brief illness. Born January 8, 1926 the 7th child of Margaret Repoll Martin and James B. Martin, Sr.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brothers: Bernie, Rob and Bill, and his sisters Catherine (Julius) Page, Dorothy (Ferrell) Fleming and Margaret (Charlie) Caminas.

He is survived by a daughter, Laticia (Timothy) Dixon, Columbus, GA; nieces, Sam Tucker, Charlotte Caminas, and Peggy Martin; nephews, J.J. (Gayle) Page, Jr. and James B. Martin, III; a sister-in-law, Helen Duggan Martin, all of Mobile; and a special friend, Maureen Ralston of Fair-hope, other relatives and friends.

Tom graduated from UMS and was an outstanding high school athlete and is a member of the UMS Sports Hall of Fame. Tom played minor league baseball for various teams from 1947 thru 1951 including the Raleigh-Durham Bulls until an eye injury ended his pro career. Tom was the Senior Olympics Champion in the 100 yard dash at age 79.

In his early years he was a self-employed bricklayer and later in life a court bailiff for Judge Joseph Hocklander and Judge Robert Byrd. Tom served his country with the Army's 99th Mortar Battalion in France and Germany. Tom partici-pated in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2009.

Tom loved to dance and was an avid fisherman and loved life on "Dog River".

The family will receive friends at Radney Funeral Home, Dauphin Street, on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 10 A.M. from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Reverend J. Francis Sofie as celebrant.

Interment will be in Magnolia Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are the Honorable Judge Ferrell McRae, retired, Billy Clausen, Milt Bolling, Sonny Callahan, Buddy Lauten, Billy Crabtree, Cotton Harrison, Marvin McDuffie, and the members of the American Legion Post 76. Active pallbearers are Pat Leconsay, Eddie Menton, Everett Van Veelen, Louie Fisher, Johnny Coleman, L.J. Britain, Hal Meyer, and Chris Collum.

The family would like to thank his care givers at Knollwood Pointe Assisted Living and Southern Care Hospice for their kindness.