Category Archives: 1957

E. Benton Johnston ’57

E. Ben Johnston, 80, of Greenville, devoted husband for 59 years of Joann Carter Johnston, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

He was born in White Oak, Georgia to the late Rev. John Patterson Johnston and Ruth Prince Siler Johnston.

He graduated from Davidson College and worked for many years as a managing editor of several small-town newspapers in Illinois, Arizona and California before settling down in Memphis, Tennessee to work for The Commercial Appeal for ten years.

In 1980 he moved to Greenville to be the editor of the ARP Magazine for the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, where he retired.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who was passionate about sharing the Gospel of his Savior. He could go inside a Chick-Fil-A to order a meal and come back to the car an hour later and recite the life story of the employee who served him, pray for their upcoming surgery, and remember them forthe rest of his life. He was a member of Devenger Road Presbyterian Church.

He leaves three children: two daughters, Vickie (James) Stewart and Candy Jacobs, both of Greenville; a son, Terry (Mayhoward) Johnston of Roanoke, Virginia; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildr en.

There will be a memorial ser vice today, Sunday, at 3:00 pm at Devenger Road Presbyterian Church, 1200 Devenger Road, Greer, SC. Private interment will be held Monday at Coddle Creek ARP Church in North Carolina.

Memorials may be made to World Witness ARP, 918 South Pleasantburg Dr. or St Jude Children’s Hospital.

Visit the Mackey Mortuary online guest registry at www.mackeymortuary.com

James “Jim” Comer Gaither, Sr. ’57

Dr. James (Jim) Comer Gaither, Sr., passed peacefully at his home in Newton, North Carolina, Sunday evening at 10:30 pm, January 15th, 2017. Dr. Gaither suffered from Leukemia and was taken home to our Lord after an extended battle with the illness.

Dr. Gaither loved the community where he was born, and he returned following medical school with his beloved wife Rachel to found his medical practice and raise a family.

Dr. Jim Gaither was born October 19th, 1934 in Newton, North Carolina, to Mrs. Allie Comer Gaither and William Cowles Gaither. Jim and Rachel Gaither were married on September 8, 1959 at the Davidson College Chapel.

Dr. Gaither attended Newton Conover High School and graduated in 1953. Jim went on to attend Davidson College where he majored in Biology and graduated in 1957. While attending Washington University Medical School in St. Louis Jim met the love of his life and his wife of 57 years, Rachel Cole.

Before returning to begin his practice as one of the youngest physicians at the newly constructed Catawba Memorial Hospital, Jim served in the United States Army where he was stationed overseas in Germany with his wife and young family.

Dr. Gaither opened his internal medicine practice with his friend and partner Dr. Arthur Lynn directly across the street from Catawba Memorial Hospital. After Gaither and Lynn were joined later by the late Dr. Edward Boone it was estimated that at one time the three physicians of Gaither, Lynn and Boone had over 20,000 Catawba County residents that called these physicians their doctor.

The medical practice of Gaither, Lynn and Boone continued to grow and eventually relocated under the name of Catawba Valley Internal Medicine. Dr. Jim Gaither admired and respected his colleagues and had the privilege of working with the fine men and women who make up one of the most respected medical communities anywhere.

Dr. Jim Gaither served on numerous boards and committees and was always available to serve the community he loved so much. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Newton. He shared a love of sports both as a participant and observer.

His humble and giving nature, his sharp wit and his enduring friendship and loyalty will be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved him.

Dr. Jim Gaither is survived by his loving wife, Rachel Gaither and by his brother and lifelong friend, Albert Gaither. Jim and Rachel Gaither had three children and eleven grandchildren.

Dr. Gaither is survived by his son, Cole Alexander Gaither and his wife, Anita McCaslin Gaither and their three children, Zachary Alexander Gaither, Jordan Rose Gaither and Benjamin Richard Gaither.

Jim and Rachel’s beloved grandson, Mathew Cole Gaither, preceded his grandfather in death in 2014. Dr. Gaither is also survived by his son, James Comer Gaither, Jr. and his wife Beth Proctor Gaither and their four children, Amelia Wyant Gaither, Andrew Proctor Gaither, William Worth Gaither and James Nicholas Gaither.

Dr. Gaither is survived by his daughter, Rachel Leigh Gaither Maier, and her husband, Major Karl Patrick Maier, U S Army and their three children, Patrick Kenneth Maier, Jacob Comer Maier, and Clancy Alexandra Maier.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Newton. The Revs. Connie Button, Fred Thompson and Smith Sharpe will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 701 N. Main Avenue, Newton, NC or the charity of one’s choice in the name of Dr. James C. Gaither Sr.

John Calhoun Graham, Jr. ’57

John Calhoun Graham, Jr. passed away January 15, 2017 in Kitty Hawk, NC. “Jack” was born on September 12, 1935 in Red Springs, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Calhoun Graham, Sr. and Kathleen Lowman Graham, as well as his older sister, Ruth Graham Cross.

Jack is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Phyllis Jammer Graham of the home in Kitty Hawk; son John Calhoun Graham, III (Laurie) of Kitty Hawk; and daughter Stephanie Graham Miller (Bill) of Greensboro; grandson John “Jack” Graham, IV of Nags Head; grandson Alexander Prather Miller of Atlanta, Georgia; granddaughter Caitlin Graham Miller of Dallas, Texas; and grandson Nicholas Perry Graham of Atlanta, Georgia.

After graduating from Red Springs High School, Jack attended Davidson College where his greatest achievement was meeting Phyllis, a Queens College student who would become his wife soon after graduation. With the support of Phyllis, Jack entered medical school at the University of North Carolina.

Following an internship in Charleston at the Medical University of South Carolina, Jack’s medical career began as a captain in the U.S Army, where he was stationed with a helicopter group in Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Following his military service, Jack practiced as a family doctor in Newport News, Virginia before eventually heading back to Chapel Hill and a residency in Radiology. A lifelong love of the water led him to Elizabeth City in 1972 as a member of Albemarle Radiology.

In the 1980s, Jack would open the first radiology office along the Outer Banks, and he began dividing his time between the practice in Elizabeth City and Nags Head. In 1997, Phyllis and Jack moved to Kitty Hawk with Jack eventually retiring from practice in 2005.

Jack’s love and appreciation of fishing began as a boy. In 1974 he was appointed by Governor Jim Martin to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission where he sought to fairly balance the rights of sportsmen and commercial fishermen.

Jack was a longtime member of the Rotary Club, both the Elizabeth City and Outer Banks chapters, as well as a member of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church.

Anyone who knew Jack knew that he was truly passionate about three things his family, hunting, and fishing. There was nothing he loved more than to share his love of hunting and fishing with his family. He also loved boating, water skiing and nurturing Stephanie’s love of horses.

His children both benefitted from hours spent with their dad in a boat, deer stand, dove field, duck blind or at a horse show. As his grandchildren were born, he continued to teach them all how to fish, how to hunt, how to water-ski, how to best catch a crab.

As a young man Jack spent 16 summers as a camper and counselor at Camp Wallawhatoola, fostering a lifelong love of the mountains of Virginia. He truly loved Proctors Draft, his farm in nearby Millboro Springs.

He also loved traveling to warmer climes. The Abacos became a favorite destination, shared first and foremost with Phyllis, then children and finally, grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the many caregivers who provided help and aid for Jack over the last few years.

A funeral service will be held for Jack at 11:00 am Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church. All are invited to join the family for a luncheon following the service at Kelly’s Restaurant.

Memorials may be sent to Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, 803 W. Kitty Hawk Rd., Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 or Outer Banks Dare Challenge, PO Box 123, Wanchese, NC 27981.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed at www.twifordfh.com.

 

As published in The Daily Advance

Joe Haywood Sugg, Sr. ’57

joe-suggJoe Haywood Sugg Sr. passed away on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2016 at Cone Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina with his loving family by his side. His health had been declining since Aug. 24, 2016. He had just celebrated his 84th birthday on Dec. 19.

He was a native of Ellerbe, North Carolina. He was the oldest of four children born to Joe Porter Sugg of Ellerbe and Carrie Ann Haywood of Candor.

Joe was a Korean War Veteran and graduated from Davidson College with a BS degree in Business. His career started with American Oil Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Joe was self-employed most of his life.

He was a very successful entrepreneur in multiple businesses throughout his life including Sugg’s Auto Sales and Sugg Realty. Joe loved flying and earned his pilot’s license as a young man. He loved spending time at Ocean Isle Beach with his family and friends. He never met a stranger and was loved by all who met him.

He married Mary Ann Callihan of Star (his high school sweetheart). They had four children, 12 grand children, and two great grand children.

Joe was preceded in death by his first born, Kayren Sugg D’Auvray of Wilmington; his parents, Porter and Carrie Sugg of Ellerbe; two brothers, Boot of Greensboro and John of Julian; and one sister, Johnsie Sugg Avent of Wilmington; one half sister, Kathryn Ann Sugg of Ellerbe.

Joe is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Callihan Sugg of 61 years; his only son, Joe Sugg, Jr. (Donna) of Julian; two daughters, Charlene Sugg Pegram and Marcia Sugg Lane both of Greensboro; half brothers Porter and Bob Sugg; half sister Mary Sugg Tyler. Twelve grand children: Val, Xan, and Keefe D’Auvray of Wilmington; Garrett (Nicole) Sugg of Charlotte; Ashlyn Sugg of Greensboro; Matthew Patterson (Catherine Brockway) of Belews Creek; Benjamin and Michael Pegram of Greensboro; Todd Lane, Jr. of Greensboro; Bill Lane of Fayetteville; Heather and Erica Lane of Greensboro. Two great grand children: Brayden Sugg of Charlotte; Jaxon Patterson of Belews Creek.

Friends and family will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at Forbis and Dick Funeral Home in Pleasant Garden. A memorial service will be held at Alamance Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alamance Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Forbis and Dick Pleasant Garden Chapel is serving the Sugg family.

Online condolences may be made to www.forbisanddick.com

 Published in Richmond County Daily Journal from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2016

A.W. Franklin Bloodworth ’57

Albert William Franklin Bloodworth, age 81, died on October 16th, 2016 of natural causes. Franklin, as he was known, was the second son born of James Morgan Bartow Bloodworth, Sr. and Elizabeth Dimmock Bloodworth on September 23, 1935, in Atlanta.

A proud graduate of Davidson College, Mr. Bloodworth served for two years in the Army and a year in the Davidson alumni office before attending the University of Georgia School of Law where he graduated number one in his class.

He first practiced law at the firm of Hansel, Post, Brandon and Dorsey and later with partners John Nix and Laurin McSwain focusing on wills, trusts and the administration of estates. As a result, he read obituaries, like this one, religiously.

As their mothers were in the same “church circle” and because they were both single, tall and Presbyterian, Mr. Bloodworth and his future wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Howell, were urged to go on a blind date. When Mr. Bloodworth called to initiate the date he started the conversation famously with the line, “Let’s get this over with.” The couple married in 1967.

Mr. Bloodworth was a member of the Capital City Club where he consumed more than his fair share of buttery saltines. And one would be remiss not to mention his deep and abiding love of dessert in general and ice cream in particular.

He was a man of faith and an active member of both North Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Big Canoe Chapel where he served in various roles including elder, trustee, usher, MC, amateur audio engineer, and unofficial service timer.

Mr. Bloodworth is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth, as well as many nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his wife Liz and his brother James Morgan Bartow Bloodworth, Jr.

The family would like to thank those who assisted in providing Mr. Bloodworth’s care in later years: Dawn Wilson, Hillary Williams, Irma Hardimon, and Geraldine Felton as well as the staff of Brighton Gardens of Buckhead.

A memorial service will be held at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree Street, Saturday, November 5th at 2:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Thornwell Home for Children ( thornwell.org).

Copyright (c) 2016 The Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution

Lawton Wallace Posey ’57

The Rev. Mr. Lawton Wallace Posey, died Sunday, October 2, 2016, of a stroke at the age of 81.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, July 29, 1935, he was the only child of John J. and Margaret W. Posey. He was named for St. John Alison Lawton, the owner of James Island, S.C., dairy farm where Posey’s father was a managerial employee.

Rev. Posey attended schools in Charleston County, graduating from North Charleston High School. He attended Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. and graduated in 1957 with an A.B. degree in psychology. He received the degree of Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia in 1960. He also attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, specializing in hearing impairment.

Ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church, US (now Presbyterian Church, USA) in August, 1960, he served congregations in Virginia and West Virginia. His West Virginia pastorates were at First Presbyterian Church, Welch, and Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charleston.

Included in his thirty nine years of pastoral service was a twelve year employment at St. Francis Hospital as a Chaplain. He was a board certified Chaplain and a Fellow of the Academy of Parish Clergy.

During his early years in Charleston, he served the Presbytery of West Virginia as a pastoral minister to church professionals. During the early years of Kanawha Hospice Care, he was President for a term and served as chairman of the Executive Committee. Mr. Posey assisted in the development of lay ministry programs, and was mentor and tutor to lay and ordained ministers in the Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church.

As a seminary student he began writing for publication. This work continued for nearly five decades, as he composed essays and feature articles for many religion related magazines, local newspapers and specialty magazines. He once said “there is no money in it, but lots of fun.”

In retirement, he was guest minister in a number of churches in West Virginia, including not only service to Presbyterian Congregations, but to Lutheran Churches. As an organist and pianist, Lawton gave musical service in Presbyterian congregations despite his lifelong hearing impairment.

His interests included reading history and biography, and exploration of transportation history, planes, trains and cars. In his later years, his hearing failed him, and a cochlear implant enabled him to hear electronically with great satisfaction.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Bridget Louise Maloney Posey, whom he married in 2000. He was previously married to Patricia Ann Maine, mother of their two children, Ann Posey-Herring of Fort Pierce, Fla. and Bryson Reed Posey of Charleston, W.Va. His granddaughter, (daughter of Anne and Marshall Herring) Chloe Herring, is a graduate of University of Fla. in Gainesville. He married Pamela Dawyn Ranson Umberger in 1987. She died after a long illness in 1999.

He also leaves his beloved cousin, Katherine Wallace Seabrook and her husband, William J. Seabrook of John’s Island, S.C.; and many friends and associates.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 6, at Bollinger Funeral Home, 420 Lee Street West, Charleston, with the Very Reverend Kent Higgins officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to send a special thank you to his special caregivers, Belinda Lawrence, Rene Hughes, Diane McNeely, Teresa Harrington, Samantha Harmon, Amber Bailey and Rosalie Elkins, for the wonderful care and compassion that was given to Rev. Posey and his family during his illness.

William Creighton Peden III ’57

william-pedenDr. William Creighton Peden III was born in Concord, North Carolina on July 25, 1935. He passed away at his home in Highlands on August 25, 2016.

Creighton was the Fuller E. Callaway Professor emeritus of Philosophy at Augusta University as well as co‑founder and 21‑year president of the Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought.

A passionate educator and scholar, he chaired fifteen international conferences, lectured at over forty universities in twelve countries, founded two prominent academic journals, wrote well over one‑hundred articles and chapters and authored or edited over thirty books.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet “Frissy” McKnight Peden.

He is survived by two daughters: Lisa Peden Patzer of Alpharetta, GA and Elaine Peden Foster of Atlanta, GA; a stepson: Paul Taylor York of Augusta, GA; and six grandchildren: Jason Hollis Foster, Beau Peden Foster, Tyler Mark Patzer, Laci Rose Patzer, Kylie Shea York and Keaton Taylor York.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, 3872 Dillard Road, Highlands, NC 28741 in the Great Hall. If traveling from Highlands it is recommended to use the second entrance.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163

Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Peden family.  Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

 

Thomas Ratchford ’57

129633_20160617Dr. Joseph Thomas Ratchford , the son of a Presbyterian Pastor in rural North Carolina, Dr. Ratchford held a lifelong love for family, education and scientific inquiry.

In his early years, Dr. Ratchford worked on his family’s farm, became an Eagle Scout and was a voracious reader. He graduated from Davidson College (B.S. cum laude, 1957) and received advanced degrees in Physics from the University of Virginia (M.A. 1959; Ph.D. 1961).

His accomplishments in science would elevate him to prominent roles in the national and international science communities. His career achievements spanned many senior academic, policy and government positions, culminating in his appointment as Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy by President George H.W. Bush, where he developed U.S. science policy initiatives.

Both in and out of government service, Dr. Ratchford was active in global science and international technology cooperation. He led the creation of an academic center addressing science, trade, legal and technology issues at George Mason University’s School of Law.

He also served as Associate Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science – the world’s largest scientific society. Dr. Ratchford’s distinguished career in science and technology policy spanned Capitol Hill and academia. He served as Science Consultant for the Committee on Science and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives. He conducted research at the International Institute for the Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria, the Office of Scientific Research of the U.S. Air Force and taught Physics at Washington and Lee University.

Throughout his life, Dr. Ratchford was guided by a deep, abiding faith. He was a member of Davidson College Presbyterian Church and a longtime member of the Brindisi Bible Study Class. He was also a member of many professional organizations including Phi Beta Kappa, the American Physical Society, Council on Foreign Relations and Sigma Xi. Dr. Ratchford was born on September 30, 1935, in Kingstree, SC.

He died of complications associated with a stroke on 16 June in Huntersville, NC. He was 80. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dr. Joanne Causey Ratchford; sons, Tom, James and David; daughter, Laura; and grandchildren, Tommy, James, Emma, JJ, Nathaniel, David and Julia; and beloved dogs Argos and Sally. He was a resident of the Pines at Davidson.

A Memorial service will be held at 2pm on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church Main Sanctuary with Pastor Lib McGregor Simmons officiating. A reception will be immediately following the service in the church Congregation Hall.

Memorial donation suggestions, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 337, Davidson, NC 28036.

A special thanks from the family of Dr. Ratchford goes to the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Ratchford family.

Copyright (c) 2016 The Charlotte Observer

James Addison Jones III

576216a68cb83.imageJames Addison Jones III, 86, died Sunday, June 12th at his home in Lexington, Virginia.

Born June 23, 1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina, he was the son of Lucille Jefferson Hubbard Jones and Raymond Allen Jones, Sr. During World War II, his family moved to Panama City, Florida, where his father ran the Wainwright Shipyard and built Liberty Ships. There he met his wife of 65 years, Eunice “Boots” Jones, when they were thirteen. They enjoyed many sailing dates and social gatherings on the St. Andrews Bay.

Jimmy graduated from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Davidson College in North Carolina, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. After serving in the Strategic Air Command of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he returned to Charlotte to graduate from Davidson and began a career in real estate.

In 1962 the family moved to Coral Gables, Florida where he managed the family’s Belle Isle Court Apartments and then bought and operated the Galen Beach Hotel on Key Biscayne. While in Miami, he served as chairman of the board of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, chairman of the board of the Coral Gables First United Methodist Church, and was one of the founders of the now Palmer Trinity School, where he also served as first chairman of the board.

In 1982, Boots and Jimmy moved to Natural Bridge where he owned and operated Liberty Hill Farm. He was a member and former elder of Lexington Presbyterian Church. Always a friend of the arts and restoration, he served as the first treasurer of Lime Kiln Arts, was treasurer of APVA for many years, and he was a Friend of Poplar Forest. He also served as secretary of Business Opportunities for the Blind in Richmond for over twenty years and was a member of Natural Bridge Ruritan Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children, James “Jim” Addison Jones IV (Suzanne) and Melissa Jones Woolf; and his four grandchildren, James Addison Jones V, Whitney Jones Allen (Michael), Charlotte Bea Woolf, Brandt Allen Woolf; and a brother, Robert Hubbard Jones.

His family will forever remember his quick wit, intellect, business acumen, and his ability to recall the incredible stories of his life.

A memorial service will be conducted at Lexington Presbyterian Church on Friday June 17 at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Rockbridge Area Health Center. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home.

Boyce Ficklen Martin, Jr. ’57

lcj070290-1_20160602Boyce Ficklen Martin, Jr., 80, former Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at his home.

Judge Martin was born October 23, 1935 in Boston, Mass. He was the son of Boyce F. Martin, Sr., formerly Assistant Dean at the Harvard Business School, Dean of the Emory School of Business, and President of the Louisville Cement Company, and Helen Artt Martin.

He lived briefly in Wellesley Farms, Mass., and Atlanta, Ga., before moving to Louisville in 1942. He graduated from Eastern High School and received a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College in 1957. His many extracurricular activities at Davidson included playing football and serving as president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, managing editor of the yearbook, president of the Philanthropic Literary Society, and captain in the ROTC. After graduation, he was a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army’s armor branch and later Captain in the Army Reserve.

He graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1963. He clerked for U.S. Circuit Judge Shackelford Miller before becoming Assistant U.S. Attorney and interim U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. After working in private practice and teaching at the University of Louisville Law School for several years, he was appointed Jefferson Circuit Court judge in 1974 and won re-election to the Circuit Court later that year.

Following the passage of the Judicial Amendment to the Kentucky constitution, Judge Martin was appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1976. He was elected first chief judge of the new Court of Appeals. Under his leadership, the court successfully cleared the backlog of cases left from the old court system and established an efficient, respected appellate court.

In 1979, President Carter appointed Judge Martin to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was chief judge of the court from 1996 to 2003. He also served on the executive committee and other committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the national policy-making body for the federal courts. He retired from the court in 2013.

Judge Martin was passionately devoted to the court and to providing justice for all who appeared before it. He wrote more than 1100 opinions characterized by clear and concise writing, adroit references to popular culture, and fundamental common sense. A careful judicial craftsman who “applied the law as instructed by the Supreme Court,” he was not afraid to criticize legal rules when they produced unjust results. He is best known for his forceful opinions pointing out the flaws in the administration of the death penalty and for his opinions upholding affirmative action and the Affordable Care Act.

Judge Martin delighted in hiring bright young law graduates as clerks and mentoring them. He never tired of visiting with them when he could and bragging about their successes.

He served on boards of the Bernheim Foundation, Blackacre Foundation, Davidson College, Hanover College, Louisville Zoo, Pemaquid Point Association, and local chapters of the American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts, and YMCA. He was a member of the Pendennis Club, the Louisville Country Club, the Siasconset Casino Association, the Long Cove Point Association, Wawenock Golf Club, and was a Paul Harris Fellow at the Rotary Club of Damariscotta-Newcastle, Me.

He married Mavin Hamilton (Mimi) Brown on July 8, 1961, and raised four children with her until her untimely death in 1997. He married Anne Brewer Ogden on January 6, 2000. They enjoyed a rich life together in Louisville and at their beloved house at Pemaquid Point, Maine.

Judge Martin is survived by his wife, Anne; his four children, Mavin H. Martin and her husband, Neil Mellen, Julie M. Hudson and her husband, Bryan, Boyce F. Martin III and his wife, Melea East, and Robert C.G. Martin II and his wife, Sarah, all of Louisville; eight extraordinary granddaughters; a sister, Barbara Martin Dudley and her husband, Lee, of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, W. Grier Martin and his wife, Ann, of Louisville; his faithful helper, Esperanza Juarez; and more than 100 law clerks. His last months were enriched by Ezell Smith and his skilled team of caregivers.

Judge Martin’s body will be at Christ Church Cathedral, 421 South Second Street, for silent meditation on Friday, June 10, from 1-4 p.m. with visitation following at the Speed Art Museum from 4:30-7:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 11, a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, with a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial gifts to the Legal Aid Society, Bernheim Forest, or the Filson Historical Society.

Published in The Courier-Journal from June 3 to June 5, 2016