Billy Wayne Martin
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 9:21 am
Billy Wayne Martin, age 73 passed away June 2, 2011 at Tri-County Convalescent Home in Adamsville. Mr. Martin was born and reared in Adamsville, the son of the late Autman and Bessie Essary Martin. He went to school at Adamsville. He worked as a funeral director at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer and Savannah and later Johnson Funeral Home and Casey Funeral Home in Henderson. In the early 70’s he owned and operated M & W Ambulance Service in Henderson with his partner Elmer Weaver. He was a licensed electrician and owned and operated C & M Electrical on Front Street in Henderson with Frank Clayton. He served in the Tennessee National Guard, was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a 32nd Degree Shriner at the Al Chymia Temple in Memphis. He was a former president of the Lions Club in Henderson. He served on the original Chester County Fair and Livestock board in Henderson and had served as its president. He was former president of the Henderson Jaycees and was chairman of many of its Christmas parades. He served on the Chester County Democratic Executive Committee. He was one of the founding members of the Hickory Corner Community Center. He played a part with the ambulance service in the first Walking Tall Movie. He attended Faith Fellowship Church. He is survived by his wife, Bonice Maness Martin of Henderson; three daughters, Debbie Cole and husband Don of Johnson City, Ruth Ann Lane and husband Chuck of Henderson and Dianne Kesler and husband Don of Henderson; ten grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren and also two sisters, Shirley Struble of Savannah and Mildred Shields of Bolivar.
Funeral services were 2:00 PM Sunday at Shackelford Funeral Directors Casey Chapel with Bro. Ken Frye officiating and burial followed in Little Hatchie Cemetery in Chester County.