Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:31am
Derek Martin, 46, of Hayesville, passed away Wednesday Jan. 3, 2017 at Murphy Medical Center.
Derek was born in Towns County to Aaron and Luchretia Martin.
Derek was a graduate of Hayesville High School, class of 1989. After graduation, he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Langley Air Force base in Hampton, Va. He was a fuel specialist with the 1st tactical air fighter wing. In 1990 he served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm.
One of his favorite memories was coming home to his 3 year-old, Brittany, after the war. His love for McDonalds was passed on to her. His first question to Britt was, “What do you want to do?” her response, “Let’s go to Ronald McDonalds and play on the playground.” His children also followed in his footsteps with the love of antiques. Derek had an avid love for country music, the Braves and his cat Jerry Martin. He was an advocate for veteran affairs and childhood cancer research. Derek was self-employed with an Ebay and Amazon mail order business.
In addition to his parents, Derek is survived by a son, Bryce Dillon Martin, of Hayesville, a daughter, Brittany Paige Martin, of Fletcher, N.C., a brother Adrian Martin, of Hayesville, and a niece, Chelsey Patience Martin, of Burlington, N.C.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel, of Hayesville. Eulogy was given by his son, Bryce. Burial was in the Old Shooting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the VFW Post 10222, Joe Miller Elkin’s American Legion Post 96 and DAV Chapter 73 and American Legion Post 532, of Hayesville, and VFW Post 6812. Pallbearers were Winston Martin, Mike Byers, Caleb Browning, Eddie Sherlin, Scotty Mull and Greg Gibson.
The family received friends from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 7 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel, of Hayesville.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to any veteran's organization of your choice.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home: www.townson-rose.com was in charge of all arrangements.