Randel Odell Martin (1927 - 2012)



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Hartford Seminary Annual Report 2008.. ...... Mr. Randel Odell Martin '54 and. Mrs. Newell Elizabeth Hobgood Martin...
The Corbin Times-Tribune from Corbin, Kentucky on April 15, 1973 ...
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Apr 15, 1973 - Tuesday-- 9'M a.m. -Circle One, First Christian Church will meet at Yeary's. Mrs. Oral Snyder .... Randel Odell Martin is the pastor of the church.

U.S. NAVAL SERVICE NO. 269- 63-68


Groton, CT

What pleasure to spend a week with Randel just before he perished. He was ready and unafraid and I felt very good to be with him. I weeped my eyes out with him and now feel very happy and joyful that he has gone so quickly! I will miss him, as I only met him four years ago. He and my father Vernon Eugene Martin were first cousins, and they knew each other well. Randel made me a MARTIN, and I appreciate that so much! For those who still weep for him! WEEP! It is a GOOD THING TO WEEP! A hug to ALL!

Jeanette B. and John Ladenburger

Corbin, KY

Odell and Jeanette grew up together and were friends.We both belonged to First Christian Church here in Corbin. Later on he and his wife became Missionaries and were sponsered by our church.

Last time we both heard of him, he called. Odell was a good boy, a fine young man and just a good man.Jeanette

Laura M. Moy

Valley Springs, Ca

Randy, you will always be a part of me; I will love and respect you for eternity. You were and are such a blessing to the universe and were filled with such light. Such a great man and wonderful father to Kathy, Clay and Kevin. We had many adventures together, you coming with me to prep and tune a piano for a concert because you decided you were going to learn to tune. On the trip home the defroster went out and we couldn't see anything. You kept me calm by wiping the windshield and singing duets and hymns with me. Sharing the driving to Kentucky with you,and you beeping Christmas carols on the horn to stay alert; you wearing a kilt to church and showing off your gams!! You had such a wonderful sense of humour!! I have so many fond memories of you. Such good times. Who will I talk with on the phone every weekend? I will miss you my friend. I'll make sure to keep in contact with Clay and Kevin,Charles, Mary Frances,Ethel etc. You are my adopted family after all. See you all in May.

Ian Oliver Martin

Uncasville, CT

I was so happy to spend intimite time with cousin Randel Odell Martin during his last five years before he passed, and was with him at his Burnham Court Richmond, KY apartment a few days before he the end. Randel introduced me to so much of my MARTIN family, that I was overwhelmed. My father Vernon Eugene Martin and Randel were first cousins and always kept in touch! I was the photographer for his log cabin image seen here! He took me to have lunch and told me about Kentucky history! I miss Randel greatly!

Randel spoke French fluently and Spanish well.

Randel Dell Martin
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Name: Randel Dell Martin
Gender: Male
Death Age: 85
Birth Date: 7 Aug 1927
Birth Place: Corbin, Knox, Kentucky, USA
Residence Place: Richmond, Kentucky, USA
Death Date: 3 Dec 2012
Death Place: Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, USA
Source Location: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA
Spouse: Carol
Children: Kathryn Claire Thompson
Parents: Chester Arthur Martin and
Brothers and Sisters: Charles Lee Martin and wife Carol, of Madison, AL; Everett Martin; Monta Jean Halcomb
Randel O Martin
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Name: Randel O Martin
BORN: 7 Aug 1927
Died: 3 Dec 2012
State (Year) SSN issued: Kentucky (Before 1951)

Rondel O Martin
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Name: Rondel O Martin
Birth Year: abt 1928
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Kentucky
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Grandson
Home in 1930: District 6, Knox, Kentucky
Map of Home: View Map
Street address: Martin Road
Dwelling Number: 8
Family Number: 8
Attended School: No
Father's Birthplace: Kentucky
Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky
Household Members:
Name Age
Lucy F Martin 58
Chester A Martin 26
Millie M Martin 22
Eldred E Martin 4
Rondel O Martin 2
Odell Martin
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Name: Odell Martin
Age: 12
Estimated birth year: abt 1928
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Kentucky
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Son
Home in 1940: Knox, Kentucky
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Inferred Residence in 1935: Sh, Knox, Kentucky
Residence in 1935: Same House
Sheet Number: 7A
Attended School or College: Yes
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade
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Household Members:
Name Age
C A Martin 35
Mellia Martin 32
Everette Martin 15
Odell Martin 12
Monta Martin 9
Charles L Martin 6
Randall Martin
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Name: Randall Martin
Gender: Male
Residence Year: 1954
Street address: 72 Sherman
Residence Place: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Occupation: Student
Spouse: Newell Martin
Publication Title: Hartford, Connecticut, City Directory, 1954
Mr. Randel Odell Martin '54 and. Mrs. Newell Elizabeth Martin '54.

Randel O Martin
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Name: Randel O Martin
Birth Date: 7 Aug 1927
Address: 218 S 18th St, Richmond, IN, 47374-5659
[1809 East Dr, Richmond, IN, 47374-1619 (1993)]
[422 W Oak St, Union City, IN, 47390-1364 (1992)]

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in Cobin, Knox County, Kentucky United States


on at Lexington VA Medical Center, 1101 Veterans Dr,, in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky United States
Cause of death: Cancer

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at Cox Cemetery Road - Cr 1389, in Gray, Knox County, Kentucky United States


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Mother: Mellia May (Clouse) Martin
Siblings: Charles Lee Martin, Monta Jean Martin, and Everett Eldred Martin

Wife: Newell Elizabeth (Hobgood) Martin
Children with Newell: Kathryn Claire Martin and Clayton "Clay" Arthur Martin

Wife: Marilyn S. Watkins
Children with Marilyn: Kevin Randel Martin


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1927 - In the year that Randel Odell Martin was born, in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

1933 - Randel was just 6 years old when on December 5th, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment said "The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed." Alcohol was legal again! It was the only amendment to the Constitution approved for the explicit purpose of repealing a previously existing amendment. South Carolina was the only state to reject the Amendment.

1966 - When he was 39 years old, on September 8th, the first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap," was broadcast on NBC. The plot concerned a creature that sucked salt from human bodies. The original series only aired for 3 seasons due to low ratings.

1978 - At the age of 51 years old, Randel was alive when on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

1992 - When he was 65 years old, on February 1st, US President George Bush and President Boris Yeltsin of Russia jointly announced an end to the Cold War, proclaiming a new era of "friendship and partnership". At Camp David in Maryland, they reviewed ways to jointly reduce nuclear arms and support reforms in Russia but no agreement was reached at that meeting.

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Visitation 1-3 pm Sunday Dec. 9, 2012 at The O'Neil-Lawson Funeral Home Chapel
Funeral 3:00 pm Sunday Dec. 9, 2012 O'Neil-Lawson Funeral Home Chapel
Interment Gray Cemetery. Time and Date TBA

Randel O'Dell Martin, 85, of Richmond, passed away Monday December 3, 2012 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington. He was born August 7, 1927 in Corbin to the late Chester Arthur Martin and the late Mellia Mae Clouse Martin. He graduated from Lynn Camp High School where he participated in various sports. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He later graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Doctorate, where he was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and also a member of the band. He was a WWII Navy Veteran. Upon returning from the navy, he graduated Valedictorian as a Physician's Assistant. He was a missionary to Belgium. He was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, The American Legion, VFW, and NASP.

He is preceded in death by a brother Everett Martin, sister Monta Jean Halcomb, and a Daughter Kathryn Claire Thompson.

He is survived by two sons Clay Arthur Martin of Lexington, KY, and Kevin Randel Martin of Richmond, IN, one brother Charles Lee Martin and wife Carol, of Madison, AL, cousin Mary Francis (Martin) Pennington and husband Earl, of Corbin, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.

Funeral Service will be 3:00 pm Sunday December 9, 2012 at the O'Neil-Lawson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Lockhart officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until the funeral hour on Sunday.

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O'Neil-Lawson Funeral Home of Corbin is in charge of these arrangements.

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