Howard L. Martin October 9, 1918 ~ January 7, 2013

Howard L. Martin, 93, of West Fork passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 at his home.

He was born October 9, 1918 in Monett, Missouri the son of David L. and Luvena Taylor Martin.

Served in the United States Army for 27 years, member of First Baptist Church in West Fork and served as a deacon; member of SMART.

Preceded in death by his son-in-law, David.

Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Lohse of the home; 2~daughters, Janice Blackmon and husband, Virgil of West Fork and Sharon Truelove of Greenland; 5~grandchildren, David Blackmon and wife, Connie, John Blackmon, Cheri DeSoto and husband, Joe, Amanda Miller and husband, Andy and Dixie James; 5~great-grandchildren, Trusten DeSoto, Nicole DeSoto, Luke Blackmon, Hannah Blackmon and Travis Miller.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday at First Baptist Church in West Fork with Pastor Jere Mitchell officiating. Burial will be at Noon at Fayetteville National Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5~7 PM Tuesday at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to World Changers Missions c/o of First Baptist Church in West Fork.

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    Emily Davis » 08. Jan, 2013

    So very sorry for your lose, My prayers are with you and your family at this time ..

    Gina Danielson » 08. Jan, 2013

    I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. Hope you find much comfort in the wonderful memories you have and knowing you will be together again some day. Love to you all.

    Richard & Carolyn Sansom » 08. Jan, 2013

    Mr. Martin and I had two very distinctive things in common, even though he was a soldier and I was a sailor.

    Number 1 – being members of the United States Armed Forces we were comrades in arms defending the greatest and most exceptional nation the world has ever known. While the dates of our service were vastly different, I would have been proud and honored to have served with Howard in protecting our American freedoms.

    Number 2 – as Christians, Howard and I were comrades in arms marching together side by side in service to our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ. Howard guidance by The Holy Spirit was the model of a Christian witness for everyone to emulate. Mr. Martin epitomized Paul’s words in his letter to the Romans 8:14, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”

    There is a traditional saying in the U.S. Navy when a shipmate makes a major transition in his life. This could be transferring to a new duty station, leaving service life for another life or leaving this earth to live eternally with God. The saying comes from the old Navy sailing days when ships were made of wood, sailors were made of steel and the condition of the wind and sea was paramount to the ships progress. Mr. Martin, sir, comrade and friend I render to you that traditional saying, “Fair winds and following seas.”

    CDR Richard “Sam” Sansom, USN-Ret.

    Randy & Linda Bradley » 08. Jan, 2013

    To all of Howard’s family, we were so sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Clarence Wiles » 10. Jan, 2013

    Jan, please know our sorrow for your loss and that you’re in our prayers.
    May you find comfort in your memories.

    Clarence and Sue Wiles

    Dwayne & Sheila Miller » 14. Jan, 2013

    To read the legacy of wonderful people Mr. Martin had a hand in knowing or bringing into this world is inspiring. It takes a great matriarch and patriarch to nurture and guide the lives and create the good character we know in most of the survivors listed. He was part of what has been referred to as “the greatest generation” by many wise American philosophers. May we all remember to be thankful for him and members of our own families like him. We are very sorry for your loss. All our love,
    Dwayne and Sheila