Earnest Martin, age 71, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 after a brief illness.
He was born on February 7, 1941 in Knott County, Kentucky to the late Berlin and Marie (Slone) Martin.
Earnest was a kind loving family man who lived his life for his family and friends. In his last days his main concern was spending what time he could with his babies.
He could often be found sitting outside his house, watching cars go by so he could wave at friends, and they in turn watched for him to be sitting there. He was loved and respected by all and his passing will leave a void in many hearts.
On June 6, 1964 Earnest married the love of his life, Nella Faye (Osborne) Martin and shortly after settled here in Ohio, becoming a life long resident of Plymouth. He has been a member of the Family of Love Old Regular Baptist Church since May 17, 1986. He worked at Mayflower in Norwalk, Ohio for thirty-seven and a half years, retiring in 2003. He especially enjoyed working in his garden, and working at the farmer's markets helping to distribute produce where it was needed.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters, Jennifer "Ginger" McKenzie (Don Spencer); and Libby Martin-Potts (Bill) both of Plymouth; four grandchildren, Jenni (Jeff) Tackett; Jacob (Meagan) Martin; Jayden and Jansen Potts all of Plymouth; six great grandchildren, Jovi, Jaci, Jeric and Jax Earnest Tackett; and Presley and Charlie Martin. He is also survived by four brothers, Harold Ray Martin of Tennessee; William (Gwen) Martin; Larry Martin; and Matt (Sharon) Martin all of Kentucky; four sisters, Berleen (Jack) Bowser of Fairborn, OH; Sandy (Harles) Gibson of Plymouth; Jewell (Kenny) Blair of Kentucky; and Karen (Jim) Jones of Kentucky; four sisters-in-law, Phyllis Burgette; and Jeanetta Osborne both of Willard; Sharon Sanders; and Carolyn Sue Prater both of Kentucky; a brother-in-law, Dannie Osborne of Ironton, OH; many nieces, nephews, close family and friends.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Geraldine and Beverly Martin; two brothers, Eddie and Ronnie Martin; a sister-in-law, Nancy Osborne; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Charles and Socie Osborne; two brothers-in-law, Jimmie Osborne and Ronald Burgette.
The family would like to extend their thanks and utmost gratitude to the Huron County Kidney Center for all their care and kindness, and to all the family and friends for all their prayers, support, throughout this difficult time. We can never thank you enough.
Visitation will be held at the Little Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church on Henry Road in Plymouth, Ohio beginning at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 with a service at 6:00 PM and continue until the funeral time of 11:30 AM on Thursday. Elders Delmas Hall and Paul Boggs will officiate.
Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh, Ohio. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com