Earl “Sonny” Martin, 83, of Shreveport, passed away with his family by his side on September 18, 2020 following a six-week struggle with the West Nile Virus.
Funeral services will be held 11:30 A.M. Thursday, September 24, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Southside Chapel, with Dr. Murry Hodge and Rev. Billy Crosby officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Park West Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 10:30 A.M. until the service begins.
Sonny was born August 6, 1937 in Glenmora, LA and graduated from Fair Park High School in 1955. He served four years in the US Air Force maintaining aircraft radios before moving on to a 36+ year career as a telecommunications technician with AT&T. Over the decades there, he helped deploy locally the new technologies that modernized the company’s long distance network and, as a contractor, continued to support the Air Force by helping to maintain communications systems on the highest level military aircraft.
Sonny was an avid LSU Tigers fan, and in retirement also enjoyed the rough-and-tumble sport of daily stock trading. He was an “institution” at his local gym, where the younger clients were inspired by this octogenarian’s impressive iron-pumping abilities. Although bladder cancer slowed him down in 2017, he returned to his old routine in no time.
A dedicated Baptist, Sonny was an active member of Summer Grove Baptist Church where he especially enjoyed the fellowship of the Hardcastle Sunday School class. The family is grateful to the many class members who assisted in his care and prayed for him so faithfully during his recent illness.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Pearl Glass Martin. Left to cherish Sonny’s memory is his loving wife of 55 years, Cloie M Martin; son, David L Martin; siblings, Dale (Reba) Martin, Terry (Rosemary) Martin, and Judy Martin; four nephews and several special cousins. Sonny will be remembered by all as a gentle, caring man who was quick with a smile and enjoyed starting up a conversation with friends and strangers alike.
Honoring Sonny as pallbearers will be Jason Martin, Andy Head, Bruce Hardcastle, Dale Thomas and Joe Davis. Graveside military honors will be provided by the US Air Force. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Summer Grove Baptist Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.
In order to provide a safe environment for everyone, the family requests that social distancing be observed and face masks be worn, consistent with the state’s COVID-19 mandate.
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