SHREVEPORT, LA - Mr. Charles S. Martin, "Your Peaceful Warrior," went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Visitation will be Thursday, July, 19, 2007 at Centuries Memorial at 8801 Mansfield Rd. from 5 until 8 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2007 at First Baptist Bossier in Faith Chapel. Bro. Crawford Williams and Dr. Fred Lowery will officiate. Burial will follow at Centuries Memorial Park with military honors.
Mr. Martin was one of eleven children born to Charles S. and Katherine Lucas Martin. He was born May 14, 1921 in La Junta, Colorado. His family moved to Shreveport in 1926 where he grew up and made his home in the Ingleside area. A WW II Army veteran, Aircraft Mechanic, Auto Mechanic, Paint Contractor and Political Activist, Charles touched the lives of numerous people.
Charles served as a radio operator and took classified calls while in the Army during WW II. He was a member of B Company, 62nd Signal Battalion. While on a mission off the coast of Florida, in the Atlantic Ocean, he was wounded when a German U-Boat attacked the ship he was on. Charles received the Purple Heart, Military Merit, Good Conduct, and numerous other awards. After being discharged from the Army, he worked as an Aircraft Mechanic at Barksdale Field and then went on to work as an Auto Mechanic for Brocks Auto. Charles started painting with his dad and brothers out of the back of their Ingleside home. He then went into business with his brothers to form Martin's Specialty Coatings. Charles worked as a Paint Contractor until he eventually retired in 1985.
Charles continued to actively serve his country by educating people on the laws, the Constitution, and his conservative Christian beliefs. He spoke all over the country, campaigned and ran for many offices, and drew up many petitions to support the causes his heart and soul compassionately believed in.
Charles was the founder and President of the National Petitioning Committee for Constitutional Government. He received the Young Americans for Freedom Award for this committee. In the 60's he obtained an estimated 12 million signatures for the purpose of impeaching U. S. Supreme Court Justices and High Ranking Officials of the Justice department. He was a life-member of the VFW Post 2238 and chapter 30 of the DAV. He was a member of the American Executive Committee for Caddo Parish. Charles was awarded State of Louisiana Honorary Attorney General by the State of Louisiana Department of Justice May 18, 1956 and again April 7, 1960. He was honored for Outstanding Patriotism to God and Country March 28, 1960. Charles was given the key to the City of New Orleans and awarded Honorary Citizen of New Orleans Louisiana by the mayor in 1967. He was awarded State of Louisiana Honorary Secretary of State on May 13, 1985 under James H. "Jim" Brown. For many years one of his most important passions was his ongoing fight to "stop abortion dead in its tracks." He had an abundance of compassion for the lives of unborn babies and filed a bill to stop the decision made in Roe vs. Wade.
Charles Martin lit up the room wherever he was. He had a warm smile, a kind and compassionate heart, and an undying passion for all he believed in. He loved playing his harmonica, he wrote and composed many songs and all of his family and friends looked forward to hearing his sweet, sweet music. He went to nursing homes to play his harmonica and bring fellowship and cheer to other people. Gardening was one of his favorite hobbies. He planted many beautiful flowers and plants and grew vegetables to eat and share with friends and family. You always left his house with something he had to give you. He taught his grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to play his "harp," pick veggies, plant flowers, build, and love with everything you have. Charles had a God-given talent for creating and inventing new ideas. He designed and built his own home security system and many other electronic devices. Charles loved fishing and spending leisure time at his daughter's camp on Caddo Lake. What he really loved was just talking to people and anyone who listened was his friend. He was a treasure to his family, friends, and this world.
Charles S. Martin was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Mary Evelyn Martin; his parents Charles and Katherine Martin; his four brothers Harold, Teddy, Eddie, and Albert Martin; and his two sisters Margaret Martin and Beatrice Johnston.
Mr. Martin's legacy will continue on through his survivors which include: daughter, Brenda Hill; son, Phil and wife Kathy; daughter, Cynthia (Cindy) Grau and husband Mark; five granddaughters: Mary and Larry Scott; Kathy and Will Freeland; Nancy and Mike Schwalen; Rachel Griffin; Stacie and Matt Trant; four grandsons: Jon and Jackie Martin; Chris Grau; Paul Martin; Martin and Sarah Grau; 18 great-grandchildren: 3 great-great grandchildren: 2 sisters: Mary Anne and Monroe Taliaferro; Betty and Bill George; beloved Uncle Bob; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren: Chris, Martin, and Lawson Grau; Micah James; Matt Trant; and Jon, Paul, and Zachary Martin.
The family requests that memorials be made to The Crisis Pregnancy Center to continue Charles Martin's life long battle against abortion.
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those who are perishing." Proverbs 31:8
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Detectives Bowen, Johnson, and McConnell and the Shreveport Police Department.
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Genesis 50:20
Centuries Memorial Funeral Home 318-686-4334 Published in the Shreveport Times from 7/18/2007 - 7/19/2007.