In memory of
William Lotheridge MARTIN
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In memory of
William Lotheridge MARTIN
MARTIN, William Lotheridge 93, passed away peacefully September 26, 2016. He was born March 23, 1923 to James Edward Martin and Frances (Lotheridge) Martin. He graduated from H.B. Plant High School in 1941. Bill excelled in academics, athletics, and leadership. In addition, he was proud of this established high school and as President of the Student Council, President of the Cabinet, President of H.R., President of the Senior Class 1941, National Honor Society, Key Club, King of Pantherilla, Notables Best All 'Round, Letterman's Club, football, the basketball team won the State Championship and he won All State Center in 1941. Bill was accepted in the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) graduating and obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering 1944. He completed the vigorous curriculum in 3 years, due to the pressures of the war. After graduation, he served for the USCG cutter ship Modoc and was later accepted at Georgia Tech to pursue an additional degree in Chemical Engineering. However, before completion he was hired by ExxonMobil Corporation. He dedicated 34 years to this wonderful company before retiring as a Senior Sales Executive, Exxon Chemical. Bill's life was defined by his leadership, commitment, humility, integrity,and dedication. He was the epitome of a true "Southern Gentleman," which he was refer to at USCGA. An important or vital part of his life was to marry a "slender, tender, and tall brunette." Patricia Joyce Simmons, native of Tampa, was the perfect match for the ambitious and driven Cadet Martin. They married in 1944. Bill was a fascinating person and had many different interests throughout his life; and he lived his passions, including Naval Architecture, sailing, heat engineering-thermodynamics, drafting blue prints, collecting antique tools, Horology, antique watch and clock collecting/restoring, volunteering, woodworking/detailing craftsman, boating, fishing, traveling, family, friends, and Luna, his beloved Chihuahua. Bill will always be remembered by the many timepieces large or small after he dedicated 50 years of community service. He used his time wisely by sharing his knowledge to help others through volunteering months prior to the The Chiselers-Annual Market. He believed in taking pride in his work. As time passes, this distinguished man of the hour, William Lotheridge Martin, will always be loved and never forgotten. He was a former member of the Tampa Yacht and Country Club, Exxon Retiree Club, The Chiselers, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and USCGA Alumni. He was a longtime active parishioner at St. John's Episcopal Church where he was an usher and greeter for many years. National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, Inc., upon completion of 50 years of devotion to the organization, proudly recognized as a member of the Golden Circle. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 72 years, Patricia Simmons Martin; granddaughter, Ashley Danielle Martin; nephew, David (Patricia) Martin; and niece, Frannie Flowers (Martin). He is predeceased by his parents, James Edward Martin and Francis (Lotheridge) Martin; son, William Patrick Martin Jr.; brother, J. Edward Martin, of Tampa and brother, F. Douglas Martin, of Tampa. A Memorial service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 906 South Orleans Ave., Tuesday, October 18, at 11 am. The committal service will follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or to a charity of your choice in William's name. Blount & Curry - MacDill 813-876-2421
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