A memorial service to honor the life of Benny Martin, 91, of Camden, SC will be held at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM, Friday February 19, 2016. Rev. Frank Griffith and Rev. David Weaver will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the church Fellowship Center. Memorials may be made to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020, or a charity of one’s choice.
Benny Martin died Saturday, February 13, 2016. He was born October 28, 1924 in Buhl, Idaho, to Ben Martin and Edith B. Riddle Martin. Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Martin enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served for three years in World War II, assigned to the Naval Amphibian Forces in the Pacific. After the war, Mr. Martin attended the University of Idaho and received a BS degree in 1951. Upon graduation he went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service. He lived and worked in five states. In 1981 he led a USDA technical team to mainland China for a year. His final career years were spent in Washington, DC as Assistant Chief for the Midwest states.
After retirement in 1982, Mr. Martin moved to Camden, South Carolina. He then spent a year in the Philippines as a conservation consultant. He enjoyed travel in the United States as well as in Europe. He was an avid golfer and worked for 20 plus years at the Camden Country Club where he was a member. Mr. Martin was a member of the VFW Post 5928 and the American Legion, and was a life member of the Masonic Lodge #48 in Arco, Idaho. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He was a “people person”, and his friends and family enjoyed his wit and sense of humor.
Besides his parents and wife of 55 years, Margaret “Marty” Foley Martin, Benny was predeceased by a daughter, Pamela Marie M. Fisher, two brothers, Tom and Grant Martin, and one sister, Edith M. Tindal.
He is survived by three daughters, Peggy M. McBride (Kevin Leedy), Toni Tuders, and Leeann Martin, five grandchildren, Martin McBride, Corie Martin, Casie Anderson, Samantha Hornsby, and Garrett H. Gillman, six great grandchildren, and his special friend Carol Meckstroth.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Martin family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.