May 26 04:18 PM

William George Martin

Died: Sunday, January 17, 2010
Age: 85
William George Martin, Sr., 85, of Imlay City, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2010, at Medilodge of Port Huron.

Bill was born on October 22, 1924 in Ferndale, to Frank Stoffer and Mary (Gilchrist) Martin. He grew up in Goodrich and attended high school there. He moved to Imlay City and lived there for 46 years.

He married Naomi Mae Woodward in Nahunta, Georgia on January 25, 1955.

Bill left for the Army-Air Force his senior year of high school to serve his country in World War II. While stationed stateside, he became a pilot and trained other soldiers to fly. He was stationed overseas in the following areas: Normandy, Northern France; Rhineland, Central Germany. He received the Purple Heart after being wounded by shrapnel. He also received a Top Secret classification. Because of this, he learned photography. Among his duties, he took photographs of the war. He painted the color to make the pictures more realistic. The most famous person he photographed was President Harry Truman.

He played guitar, banjo, steel guitar, and harmonica. He also wrote poems and set them to his original melodies. He worked as a truck driver at Champion Home Builders in Dryden and Imlay City. He was co-owner of Martin Music Studio.

He was active at Trinity Baptist Church in Imlay City and Bethel Baptist Church in Dryden. Having received Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, he now is blessed to be in heaven with his wife.

Bill is survived by his children, sons, William George, Jr. (Evelyn) of Hamilton, Alabama, and Barry of Imlay City; daughters, Terry (Owen) Schipplein of Hammond, Indiana and Marylou (Mike) Brueske of Onalaska, Wisconsin; grandchildren, William George Martin, III of Corinth, Mississippi, Sylvia Martin of Corinth, Mississippi, Stephanie Brueske of Whitehall, Wisconsin and Mike Brueske, Jr., of Onalaska, Wisconsin; great-grandchildren, William Zachary Martin, Hannah Marie Martin, Bradley John Kerr, Jonathan Kerr, Joshua Kerr; brother-in-law, Floyd Woodward of Oxford; sister, Edith Martin Annis of Davison. He is preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Martin on May 21, 2000; parents, Frank and Mary Martin; and brother, Theodore (Ted) Martin.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 21, 2010 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 North Main Street, Imlay City, Michigan. Dr. Owen Schipplein will officiate. Burial will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Oxford.

The viewing is from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, January 20. Burial will be at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Oxford.
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