Earl Clayton Martin, 83, passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. He was born Jan. 2, 1938, in the town of Eglon in Preston County. He was the eldest son of the late Ronald Rodney Martin and Leota Irene Fike Martin.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Freda Robinson Cale Martin; two sons, Bryan (Tracy) Martin, of Wana, and Kevin (Evangeline) Martin, of Houston; one stepson, Edward Cale, of Fairmont; one stepdaughter, Brenda Parsons, of Morgantown; one sister, Cathrine “Kay” Shuman, of Fairmont; one special niece, Kellie (Tom) Bajus and their children Erin and Kaitlyn, of Fairmont; five granddaughters; two step-grandsons; two step-granddaughters; and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Rhonda Martin, of Mannington, and her son Jason Martin of Snellville, Ga., and Nancy Robinson, of Morgantown. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Chittester Martin, in 2002; an infant son, Rodney; and a brother, Reid Martin.
Earl was a 1956 graduate of Aurora High School. He worked at Fairmont General Hospital and delivered flowers for Hauges Flower and Garden Center. He was a faithful member of Mount Harmony Community Church. He was an avid gardener and loved raising his garden to share with family and friends. He found peace and relaxation spending summers at Twin Lakes Campground.
Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 6, and from noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks and social distancing will be required. The funeral service will be celebrated in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday, March 8, with Pastor Cheryl White and Pastor Ruth Hall presiding. The interment will follow in Nuzum Cemetery at Levels Community. The Martin family has entrusted the care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel 201 Columbia St., Fairmont.