Willard Wallace Martin, Sr.

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Willard Wallace Martin, Sr., 90, of Raleigh, NC passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016. A private memorial service will be held Saturday, October 8 in Asheville, North Carolina. He was born in Swain County, North Carolina to the late Willard and Sarah Martin. 

He served in the US Navy and attended the Naval Academy where he played football and participated on the track team.  He served in the North Carolina Legislature as a representative from Swain County and then moved to Pfeiffer College where he was a professor and coached tennis and wrestling. He left the college after 20 years and became the Town Manager for Sunset Beach, NC and later Bald Head Island, NC.  He retired to a farm in southern Virginia where he and his wife Ann enjoyed their time restoring the old farm house and tobacco barns. He also loved his dogs and took an early morning ride everyday with them around the farm.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ann Bryson Martin, brother Earl Martin and sister Dorothy Williams. He is survived by daughter Carolyn Martin of Baton Rouge, LA, sons Willard Wallace Martin, Jr of Washington, NC and Richard E. Martin of Raleigh NC, and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Companion Animal Alliance, 100 North Street, Suite 900, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802, or to another animal rescue of your choice.  The family may be reached at wwmartinsr26@gmail.com.

Smoky Mountain Times

Mailing Address:
PO Box 730
1 River Street
Bryson City, NC 28713 
Phone: 828-488-2189
Fax: 828-488-0315