George Wilson Martin

Published 10:32 am Thursday, April 5, 2018

Mr. George Wilson Martin, 90, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

He was born April 24, 1927, in Mocksville, to the late Dr. Lester Poindexter Martin and Helen Bahnson Martin.

He was a graduate of Oak Ridge Military Academy, served in the U.S. Navy at the close of the Second World War, and went on to obtain undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University. Following his graduation from Duke, he spent a year studying international law at Cambridge University on a Rotary Fellowship, making lasting friendships with students from England and other places, and proposing marriage to Brook White of New Jersey, whom he had met on the ship to England. After returning to Mocksville, he established a law firm, married Brook and raised a family. He practiced law for many years in Mocksville, beginning in 1952 and continuing into his 80s, first with his brother, the Hon. Lester P. Martin Jr., and later with Hank Van Hoy and others. He had a deep and abiding love for Davie County and its people, was quietly involved with and supportive of many local charitable, civic and business organizations and endeavors, and played a leading role in the industrial development that occurred in Davie County in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Mocksville, and maintained enduring ties with his brothers of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

He was also preceded in death by: his daughter, Mary Brooke.

Survivors: Brook, to whom he was married for 63 years; his son, Will (Celie); his daughter, Happy; 3 grandchildren, Mary White, Lizzie and Charlie; his brother, Lester (Elizabeth); nephews, Pete and Bob (Laura); and several cousins.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. A. Shane Nixon officiating. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m., Friday, April 6 at Eaton Funeral Home.

Memorials: First Baptist Building Fund, 412 N. Main St., Mocksville; or Davie Community Foundation, PO.Box 546, Mocksville.