James Martin, 95

Published 2:20 pm Thursday, April 18, 2024

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James Willis Martin (Jim), a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great­ grandfather, passed away peacefully at the age of 95, surrounded by his family on April 17, 2024.

Born on September 8, 1928, to Mr. and Mrs. James W. Martin, Sr., in Winchester, KY, Jim lived a life filled with love, laughter and devotion to his family. He was the caring husband to Betty Ann {Elizabeth) Andrews for 54 years, and he was a loving father and coach to his four sons: John Andrews of Columbia, SC; James W. Ill (Kim) of Fishers, IN; Joseph Prichard (Denise) and Jeffery C. (Terri) both of Louisville, KY. Jim, known as “Doc” to his grandchildren, enjoyed attending their sports, church and school events, along with the occasional trip to Dairy Queen.

His beloved grandchildren include Ashley Anne, Joseph Tyler (Anne Marie), John Trevor {Amanda), Rachel Megan and Anne Marie. Additionally, Jim was blessed to have six great-grandchildren: Layla Marie, Mary Claire, Elizabeth Andrews, Khloe Lynn, Madeline Veronica and Ava Rose.

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Jim was raised in Winchester, KY and graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1950. After graduation, he served in the United States Air Force and had the honor of being stationed in Greenland. During his career, he served as a sales executive for IBM, Senior Executive with First National Bank of Louisville, and President with National Processing Company. After retirement, Jim and Betty Ann owned and operated Martin’s Westport Hardware Store for three years.

While Jim had a successful career, he believed in being of service to others. He served as trustee and treasurer for the City of Northfield, treasurer of Calvin Presbyterian Church and was an elder at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. Jim and Betty Ann were also members of Big Springs Country Club.

Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A special thank you to Dominion Senior Living and Hosparus Health for the special care and peace they provided Jim in his final days.

There will be a private burial held in Winchester, KY, where he will be honored for the legacy he left his family and reunited with family members who have gone before him.