Wesley Richard Martin

  • Born: May 18, 1932
  • Died: September 19, 2011
  • Location: Princeton, West Virginia

Tribute & Message From The Family

Wesley Richard Martin, 79 of Unity Road, Princeton died at his residence on Monday morning, September 19, 2011 the day of his 56th wedding anniversary. Born in Athens on May 18, 1932 he was the son of the late Zina Sailor Martin and Ada Sloan Martin. Richard was retired from Forest Product Marketing Laboratory at Gardner. He was a member of Johnston Chapel Baptist Church in Princeton and he was a US Army veteran having served in the Korean Conflict. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Garnet Martin and two sisters, Norma White and Marylea Young. Survivors include his wife, Lila Neely Martin; Two daughters, Sandy Renn and husband Donald and Shirley Joan Martin and Dean all of Princeton; Four Grandchildren, Ricky Sexton, Megan Belcher and husband Greg of Princeton, Corporal Jeffrey Renn of Idaho and Jennifer Renn also of Princeton; Siblings, Dorothy Martin, Willard Martin and Louise, Mozel Wyrick, Elaine Phillips and husband Tom and Stanley Martin and wife Dee all of Princeton. Brother-in-law, James "Bunny" White of Princeton. Sister-in-law, Ruby Nelson who gave him such loving care in his final weeks. Dear Friend, Phillip Edwards who for years has meant so much to Richard. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, September 22, 2011 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor John King and Pastor Jerry Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Neely Cemetery at Pipestem, where the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard will conduct military graveside rites. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I came to the Forest Product Marketing Lab in 1965 to start a research program. I was lucky to meet and work with RIchard from then until he retired and I missed him for a long time after he left. He was an important part of our group Each of us had our jobs to do and we had to rely on each other in carrying out our work. More than that, though, I enjoyed being around him.As I write this, I am looking at hs picture and smiling back at him.

Posted by Charles Gatchell - Princeton, WV - coworker   September 22, 2011


I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Kaegan and I will never forget Richard. Many a morning I would show up to drop K off and Richard would be waiting to scoop him up and take him outside with him. K loved him some Richard. You all are in our prayers during this time. May God bring peace and comfort.

Posted by Johnna Havens - Bland, VA - Friend of Sandy Renn   September 21, 2011

I am sorry to hear of the lost of your loved one. May John 5:25 provide you and your family with hope and comfort during this distressing time.

Posted by MC    September 20, 2011


I always remember as a little girl looking foward to coming to see Grandma and Grandpa Martin and I remember the first place I wanted to go was the trailer Uncle Richard and Aunt Lila lived in even after a long trip from our home in Tennessee. I remember that anytime Nana or Momma would callfor help, Richard was right there and Lila too. Richard was a master woodworker and made Nana a spice that she loved and is now hanging in my own kitchen. We love you Richard and you will always be in our hearts.

Posted by Michaella - Princeton, WV - Niece   September 20, 2011