77 year old Colonel Clyde Edward Martin died Saturday , October 1 at his residence. He was born in Columbia, Tennessee, son of Clyde E. and Mae Biles Martin. He was a 1953 graduate of DeKalb County High School in Smithville. He joined the Tennessee National Guard in 1952 serving a tour in Korea on active duty as an enlisted soldier. Col. Martin earned a direct commission as a second lieutenant and retired as a full colonel serving honorably for thirty five years. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Martin.
Surviving are his wife, Catherine Martin of Savannah, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law, Blake and Dawn Martin of Savannah, Georgia; sons, Tyler Gerow of Daufuskie Island, South Carolina and Casey Thompson of Savannah, Georgia; adopted daughter, Brenda Martin of Murfreesboro, grandchildren, Amy Lee Ting and her husband, Chris of Pooler, Georgia; Christina Kinkin of Chicago, Illinois; great grandson, Kyle Kinkin of Chicago, Illinois; mother-in-law, Ammie Brooks of Savannah, Georgia; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Brooks Ryan and her husband, Tony of Tybee Island, Georgia; Judy Griffin of Savannah, Georgia and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 3 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel in Savannah, Georgia. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 4 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church with The Reverend John Tran, Celebrant.
Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens with Full Military Honors and Masonic Rites.
Remembrances may be made to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School, P.O. Box 30859, Savannah, GA 31410 or Spanish Oaks Hospice, 8510 Whitefield, Avenue., Savannah, Georgia 31406.