The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Union Baptist Church, Norris Street, Montezuma, Georgia. Burial will follow at 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Andersonville National Cemetery, 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, Georgia with Military Honors.
March 1, 1932 was a joyous day in Montezuma, Georgia for Edward B. and Wyolene Hunter Martin as they celebrate the birth of a son names Frank Edward Martin. He was the only child.
Frank accepted Christ at an early age and became an active member of Union Baptist Church, Montezuma, Georgia where his grandfather, Eddie Hunter, served as a deacon and chairman of the Deacon Ministry.
He received his early education in the, then, segregated public school system in Montezuma, Georgia and graduated from the Macon County Training High School. With an ambition to press forward, he attended Florida Agricultural Mechanical University (FAMU) for two years and was then drafted into the United States Armed Forces where he served three (3) years in Korea (1951-1954).
After a tour of the duty United States Army he graduated from FAMU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Automotive Mechanics. He did further study at Florida International University (FIU).
He was united in Holy Matrimony to Mary Frances Hankerson Martin for over 50 Years, and to this union three sons were born, Frank, Jr., Curt Von and Eric Boris Martin.
He was employed at Motor Parts and Bearings, Inc. for several years. He was employed by the Miami-Dade County School board where he taught auto mechanics at North Western Senior High School for several years. As a result of Brown VS the Board of Education decision, he was transferred to D. A. Dorsey Skills Educational Center (Adults) where he taught auto mechanic until retirement in 1995. He was a dedicated educator.
In his spare time he would enjoy deep sea fishing in his boat. He was a dedicated member of the following organization: FAMU National Alumni Association, United Teachers of Dade (UTD) for faithful service as an educator; Outstanding Service Award – D A Dorsey Educational Center; Member of the NAACP; recipient of Certificate of Appreciation –the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida 1995; recipient of 25 Year Dedication and Commitment Award, United Teachers of Dade County, Florida; and recipient of Certificate of Appreciation from Circuit Court of the State of Florida Eleventh Judicial Circuit.
He left with loving memories, a wife, Mary Frances Hankerson Martin; three sons, Frank E. Martin (Geneva), Curt V. Martin (Christine), and Eric B. Martin all of Miami, Florida; four grandchildren, Catrecia V. Martin, Atlanta, Georgia. Selena Martin, Miami, Florida, Chloe Martin, Washington, D.C. and Curt Martin, Jr., Miami, Florida; one sister-in-law, Louise H. Ibim (Dr. Geoffrey Ibim), Fort Valley, Georgia; one brother-in-law, Ulysses Hankerson (Zetta Mae), Montezuma, Georgia; and a host of devoted nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.