Dr. Bruce Martin
January 15, 1924 - November 14, 2010
Bruce Martin, M.D., passed away
Sunday, November 14, 2010 in St. Mary’s Medical Center after an extended
illness. Dr. Martin was born January 15, 1924 in Lanexa, VA. He was a son
of the late Herbert E. Martin Sr. and Mary Frances Bruce Martin. As a
child, he attended New Kent County Schools and graduated at the age of 16.
He graduated from the University of Richmond with a Master’s of Science
and continued his studies at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.
Upon obtaining his medical degree he then went to Children’s Hospital in
Washington, D.C. where he completed his training in Pediatric Medicine and
met his future wife Mary Eileen Birch. After serving in the United States
Navy as a 2nd. Lieutenant in the Medical Corps during the Korean War he
returned to Washington where he and Eileen were married on April 4, 1953.
After a honeymoon in New York City, they settled in Huntington where Dr.
Martin started his private practice. Dr. Martin was preceded in death by
his beloved wife in December of 1992, his parents, his brother Herbert E.
Martin Jr. and his wife Peggy and his sister Jean Watts Rose. He is
survived by his children Christopher Bruce Martin of Ona, Kimberly Paul
(Eddie) and Kevin Brent Martin of Huntington; two grandchildren, Mary
Emily and Edward Martin Paul of Huntington, a sister-in-law Barbara
Hendrick and her husband Charles; several nieces and nephews’ Sharon
Bailey, his office nurse for 45 years; many dear family friends including
Betty Peck of Huntington and Kay Reardon of Landsdown, Virginia; Margaret
Herbert of Owings, Maryland and Pat and Kenny Thompson of Lancaster, South
Carolina. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where he was
active in the Wednesday afternoon bible study , the Cabell Co. Medical
Society, the WV Medical Association and the Southern Medical Association
where he made many lifelong friends. Dr. Martin’s main focus in life
however was his family and his patients. He was a devoted husband, father
and grandfather and he will be missed not only by his family but also his
many friends, patients and colleagues. Along with his private practice he
served for over 40 years at the Cabell County Pediatric Clinic. He was
extremely proud of the fact that he practiced medicine for 50 years
retiring in August of 2003 at the age of 79. His only regret was that he
was not able to continue his practice past the age of 80. Funeral Liturgy
will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at St. Joseph
Catholic Church by Monsignor Lawrence Luciana, Celebrant. Interment will
follow in Spring Hill Cemetery. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at
Klingel Carpenter Mortuary.