Funeral services for David Henry Martin, 69, were held Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Downs, Rev. Arthur Conley, and Rev. Allen Meeks officiating. Burial followed at Kite City Cemetery. The family received friends Monday, August 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. He passed away Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Scott Health and Rehab.
Mr. David Henry Martin was born January 19, 1952 in Swainsboro, son of the late Hines Martin Jr. and Christine Kight Martin. He was the owner of Martin Farms, and he was a charter member for 53 years at Faith Baptist Church. Mr. Martin was also a member of Swainsboro Shrine Club for 31 years, serving as president in 1999. He was a master Mason for the Swainsboro Lodge No. 244 for 31 years as well. In addition, he was a former member of Johnson County Young Farmers; he was awarded Man of the Year in Soil and Water Conservation in 1992. Mr. Martin was a county committee board member of the Johnson County ASCS Office, too. In 1996, he gained the title of “Papa.” His joy came from spending time with his nine grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Denise Copeland Martin of Kite; children, Kristi Martin (Vince) Coleman of Meeks, Regina Martin (Hoss) Gay of Pickens, South Carolina, Garrison (Caroline) Mimbs of Wrightsville, and Bethany Mimbs (Phillip) Crawford of Wrightsville; a sister, Patricia Martin (Grayson) Webb of Griffin; and nine grandchildren, Caitlan Coleman (Gordon Nail), Hollan Coleman, Emily Gay, Emory Gay, Marie Gay, Christene Gay, Carter Mimbs, James Mimbs, and Mattie Crawford.
Pallbearers will be M.T. Riner, Chris Hood, Danny Fortner, Eddie Henry, Johnny Colston, David McNeely, Willie James, and Mike Harrison. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Swainsboro Shrine Club. Honorary escorts will be Larry Bell, Gary Spence, Billy Overstreet, Patrick Sweet, Johnny Tapley, William Riner, Albert Hall, Bruce Kirby, Ronnie Spence, and Greg Newsome.
Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory/Wrightsville Chapel was in charge of arrangements.