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James Cork Martin

James Cork Martin

Gray Court

James Cork Martin, 93, of Gray Court, SC, passed away on February 9, 2021 at PRISMA, Greenville Memorial Hospital. He was the widower of Ruby Compton Martin and Carolyn Tollison Martin. 

James was the son of the late Wallace Lever and Lula Cork Martin. He was co-founder, along with his brother Horace, of Martin Brothers Construction Company, Inc. Some highlights of James’ life are: 1961, he and Horace were named Young Farmers of the Year, Served SC Farm Bureau Federation Dairy Division Board from 1972-1986, President of SC Dairy Association from 1985-1986, appointed by the governor for two 3-year terms on the SC Dairy Commission from 1983-1989, managed 350-acre farm of beef cattle and inducted into the Dairymen Hall of Fame at Clemson University.

James was a member of Bramlett United Methodist Church, the Shrine Club, Outdoor Club of Laurens, Laurens Investment Club, Laurens County Farm Bureau Board, Farm Bureau State Board of Directors, State Water Board, Beaverdam Warrior Creek Watershed Board, Laurens County Transportation Board Vice-Chairman and a 70-year member of Wallace Masonic Lodge #49.

James is survived by his children, Jimmy Martin (Terri) of Gray Court, Lynn Newton (Kevin) of Waterloo, Philip Martin (Robin) of Gray Court and Keith Martin (Debbie) of Gray Court; grandchildren, Keri Bolding (Ryan) of Gray Court, Neill Martin (Kimberly) of Gray Court, Logan Hall (Molly) of Mt. Pleasant, Bryan Newton (Rachel) of Simpsonville, Hannah Lockard (Graydon) of Greenville, Brandon Martin (Brooke) of Simpsonville, Brandi Moon (Greg) of Gray Court and Brittani Nicholson (Clint) of Abbeville; he also has 13 great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held at Bramlett United Methodist Church in Gray Court, Friday, February 12, 2021, conducted by The Reverend John Fahrney and Mr. Jerry Williams with Masonic Rites.

The family will be at their respective homes.        

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bramlett United Methodist Church, 2043 Bramlett Church Road, Gray Court, SC 29645.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.    

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I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts, prayers, and hugs to all of the family.

Russell Shaw Feb 25 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Martin

Russell Shaw Feb 25 2021 12:00 AM

I always enjoyed the time spent with Mr. Martin at the Laurens Outdoorsmen Club meetings. He was fun to be around , and could tell a great story. He was a successful business man but Mr. James knew a lot that life had taught him. I considered him a friend. Keith and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless.

Pat Brown Feb 17 2021 12:00 AM

Sympathy to Jimmy & the Martin clan.I always enjoyed visiting the Martin Brothers families in Gray Court. James had a special kind of humor but always serious about his endeavors. RIP brother! John Wasson, Seabrook Island S.C.

John easson Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

Thoughts, blessings and prayers to the Martin family. Uncle James humor and yes his "complaining" will be missed.
Rick and Sindy Bishop

Rick Bishop Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

Richard Hill Jimmy, Philip, Keith lynn sorry for ya'll loss for ya'll father

Richard Hill Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Mr. James death. He lived a good long life and tried to stay active as long as he could with a smile on his face every time you saw him. Know he is enjoying Heaven now!

Madonna Turner Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Martin

Christy Coates Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

Jimmy & Keith and family we are thinking of you during this time asking for blessings on all of you. Ed Brashier

Ed Brashier Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

My thoughts are with the family at this time. I am on staff at Presbyterian Homes and worked with Mr. James regularly. He always kept things fun and lively and I will remember him fondly. It was a pleasure to know him. He is missed.

Courtney Marrone Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM

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