April 1, 2010

(6/12/1913 - 3/18/2010)

Forrest Wade Martin, 96, of Memphis, Missouri passed away at Scotland County Memorial Hospital on March 18, 2010, suddenly and peacefully.

The son of Charles Erwin and Arzina (Shaw) Martin he was born in Scotland County on June 12, 1913. He was the youngest by ten years of his four siblings, Oral Glen “Buster” Martin, Mamie Martin, Hazel Marlowe, and Beulah Lancaster.

Forrest was united in marriage to Sarah Elizabeth (Taylor) Martin who preceded him in death on December 19, 1957. To this union two daughters were born Virginia and Nina. He later married Mary Russell Parrish and of this union one son was born, Russell Forrest. Mary preceded him in death on January 12, 2010; also preceding him were his parents, siblings, his daughter Nina Atwater in 2008, sons-in-law, James Atwater and Terry Hunt, one grandson Thomas Wade Atwater and one great-grandson, Kegan Floyd Hunt.

He is survived by one daughter, Virginia Hunt of Memphis, Missouri; a son, Russell Forrest (Brenda) Martin who lives in Fort Dodge, Iowa; six grandsons, James (Carlene) Atwater, Martin Atwater, Rick (Tonya) Hunt, Greg (Breann) Hunt, Chris (Andrea) Hunt and Wade Martin; and three granddaughters, Sheila Atwater, Jena Martin and Emily Martin; ten great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

Forrest was educated in Scotland County. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 1985, working as a rural letter carrier for 27 years. He considered himself a “jack of all trades and master of none” being self employed as a fur buyer, truck driver, trapper and hunter. He often was called to trap and hunt predators who were destroying farmers livestock. He was an avid hunter and fisherman known for his shooting skills with a rifle as well as a shotgun or homemade slingshot.

Forrest heard the Gospel of Gods truth for mankind in 1928, and professed his belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at the Friendship Baptist Church located at that time north of Crawford Missouri. This became the guiding Light in his life, and he was rewarded with an abundant and blessed life.

During his time with us on earth he provided many people with comfort, assistance and friendship. He always looked to see the best in people. He was a loyal and devoted friend, father, grandpa and husband. He often offered words of advice that served him well during his lifetime, using the words his mother would say when things didn’t go as planned “We will just have to make the best of it” and whether good times or bad he would say “Put your trust in the Lord” which is what he did, and he is reaping those benefits now.

Memorials are suggested to the Forrest Martin Memorial for the families discretion and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Memphis with Ernest Deatrick officiating. Interment followed in the Memphis Cemetery east of Memphis.

Pallbearers were James Atwater, Edwin Parrish, Greg Hunt, Justin Williams, Wade Martin and Jeremy Atwater. Honorary Pallbearers were Ted Gundy, Charles Alexander, Martin Atwater, Chris Hunt, Walt Marlowe, Rick Hunt and Larry Rogers.

Music selections on CD were “How Great Thou Art” and “Because He Lives” sung by his daughter, Virginia Hunt and another selection by the Judds called “Grandpa Tell Me About The Good Old Days.”

Arrangements were under the direction of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

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