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LONGVIEW - Services for Woodie Roy Martin will be noon Monday, April 11, 2011, at the Ford Chapel of Longview First Baptist Church, with the Rev. David English and Scott Dickerson officiating, under the direction of Welch Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rosewood Park Cemetery.
Woodie Roy Martin was born June 27, 1947, in Orange, Texas, to Woodroe and Sibyl Walker Martin. Woodie went to join his Lord and Savior on April 6, 2011.
Most of his life, he resided in Longview. He was a Baptist and attended Valley View Elementary School, Foster Jr. High School and Spring Hill schools. Failing to complete his senior year and graduate from Spring Hill High School in 1965, 10 years later, he studied and earned the additional credit to receive his Spring Hill High School diploma.
During his high school years, he worked for Trail*mobile. He also worked for Hank's Wheel and Frame, H&S Auto Supply and was the manager for Longview's Muffler and Custom Shop for several years.
He began his career in the used car business in 1968 with his retail businesses, Martin Motors in Longview and Budget Motors in Gladewater. After many years, he closed those offices and became the used vehicle manager for Bass Chevrolet and later for Peters Chevrolet. In July 1998, he purchased and managed The Jack of Pawns until his death. He was a member of the Texas Association of Pawnshop owners.
Woodie enjoyed all sorts of auto racing and drag-boat racing. He traveled extensively throughout the United States to race events. He was a former member of the International Hot Boat Association, National Drag Boat Association and the Southern Drag Boat Association.
He also enjoyed hunting and spending as much time as possible on his 333 acre ranch in San Saba County, Texas. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas Rifle Association. He especially enjoyed playing with and taking care of his ranch cats. He took better care of them than he did himself.
Woodie was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Better known as "Papa WooWoo," his family will miss him greatly.
Woodie was preceded in death by both his parents, Woodroe and Sibyl Martin; his grandparents; a sister, Joy Pitchford; two brothers-in-law, Don Pitchford and Bill Secord; nephew, David Secord; and several aunts and uncles.
Left behind to cherish his precious memory are his wife of 43 years, Kathryn Moore Martin; one son, Roy Neil Martin; one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl Ann and Donald Lee O'Hara Jr.; two granddaughters, Kaytlin Leeann O'Hara and Ashleigh Nichole Martin; and one grandson, Hunter Neil Martin, all of Longview.
He is also survived by one sister, Nell Secord of Longview; one niece, Carolyn Anderson and her family of Longview; five nephews, Marty Secord of Frisco, John Secord of Missouri, Donnie Pitchford and Terry Pitchford, both of Carthage, and Jay Mattox of Longview. Also surviving is an aunt and uncle, Harold Gene and Mary Walker of LaPorte, Texas; an aunt, Mary Virginia Walker of Center; one stepgranddaughter, Rachael O'Hara; several cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Woodie is now at home where he can have eternal rest, which he never took time to do while here on earth. He was loved and will be truly missed by all his extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Children's Fund, 209 E. South Street, Longview, TX 75601; or Elm Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 1622 CR 255, Rochelle, TX 76872.
Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Castleberry, James Dumas, Larry Kelly, Ken Martin, Jerry Ramo and Richard Wildt.
Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Butler, Billy Joe Ferguson, Mike Kelley, Tim Lindsey, Eddie Morrow, Bud Mahaffey, Donnie McGough and Kenneth Kirkpatrick.
Special thanks goes out to the Elm Grove Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Phillip Taylor and all the local volunteers and EMS crew, the San Saba County Sheriff Department's John Wilkerson and those assisting him, Justice of the Peace Les Dawson, and Kevin Keeney, director of Howell-Doran Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2011, at Welch Funeral Home.
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