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Robert Cantey Martin

August 24, 1926 March 23, 2019
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Obituary for Robert Cantey Martin

SUMMERTON – Robert Cantey “Bobby” Martin, 92, widower of Doris Evelyn Avant Martin, died Saturday, March 23, 2019, at his home.

Born August 24, 1926, in Summerton, he was a son of the late Charles Norman Martin and the late Helen Cantey Martin. He was the fifth of nine children. He graduated from Summerton High School in 1945 and entered the US Army in June of 1945 and was honorably discharged in November of 1946. He returned to Summerton and worked in the logging business with his father at C.N. Martin & Sons Logging. In 1949, he married Doris Avant of Florence. He and his brothers formed Martin Brothers, Inc. in 1954. He was a member of the Summerton Lions Club, Summerton Masonic Lodge, the SC Forestry Association and a board member of Clarendon School District I. He was instrumental in forming LOG-A-LOAD for Kids, which is an organization which raises funds for children’s hospitals in South Carolina. He was the Forestry Association’s Outstanding Logger of the Year in 1988 and he was the southern regional Outstanding Logger of the Year in 1989. He received the Forestry Association’s 2008 Distinguished Service Award. He was a faithful patron of the Summerton Diner and for the past three decades was known to everyone as “GrandBob”.He was a member of Summerton Presbyterian Church, where he was Elder Emeritus.

He is survived by four children, Sherry Martin Stewart (Dwight) of Summerton, Bonnie Martin Eagerton (Bert) of Manning, C. Norman Martin (Donna) of Summerton and Wade A. Martin (Tammy) of Manning; eleven grandchildren, Drew Stewart (Jill), Neathery Elliott (Teige), Kate Lincoln (Stephen), Seth Stewart (Patty), Rob Eagerton (Janice), Cantey Gibbons (Wade), Sarah Gibson (Ben), Camlin McLellan (Jonathan), Erin Eagerton, Mary-Michal DuRant (Harrison) and Tyler Martin; fifteen great grandchildren; a sister, Catherine Martin Breazeale of Westminster; a special daughter, Shirley McBride (William) of Summerton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers; and two sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Summerton Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Vikki Brogdon and the Rev. Dr. Dick Lincoln officiating. Burial will follow at Summerton Evergreen Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons-in-law.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at Clarkson Hall of Summerton Presbyterian Church and other times at the residence, 1003 Water Edge Drive, Summerton.

The family would like to thank McLeod Health Hospice for all of their loving care and attention.

Memorials may be made to Summerton Presbyterian Church, 16 S. Cantey Street, Summerton, SC 29148.

Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church Street, Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org


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Visitation

Tuesday

26

Mar

1:00 PM 3/26/2019 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 3/26/2019 3:00:00 PM
Summerton Presbyterian Church

16 S. Cantey Street
Summerton, SC 29148

And other times at the residence, 1003 Waters Edge Drive, Summerton.

Summerton Presbyterian Church
16 S. Cantey Street Summerton 29148 SC
United States

Service

Tuesday

26

Mar

3:00 PM 3/26/2019 3:00:00 PM
Summerton Presbyterian Church

16 S. Cantey Street
Summerton, SC 29148

Summerton Presbyterian Church
16 S. Cantey Street Summerton 29148 SC
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Summerton Evergreen Cemetery Final Resting Place

1 Larry King Highway
Summerton, SC 29148

1 Larry King Highway Summerton 29148 SC
United States

Memorial Contribution

Summerton Presbyterian Church

16 S. Cantey Street
Summerton, SC 29148
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