Lawrence Rucker "Larry" Martin, 86

June 13, 1925-Nov. 8, 2011

November 08, 2011
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Lawrence Rucker "Larry" Martin of Hagerstown went to be with the Lord on Nov. 8, 2011.

He was born in Lynchburg, Va., on June 13, 1925, to Percy Elsom Martin and Bessie Lee Lawrence Martin. He grew up on Roessner Avenue in Halfway, Md., and enjoyed many lasting friendships from those years. He also spent many summers in Christiansburg, Va.

He was a graduate of Hagerstown High School. He served in Patton's Third Army during World War II as a tech sergeant in the 305th Ordnance Maintenance Company. As a young man, he saw much of Europe during the war, spending time in England, France and Germany.

He went to work for Hagerstown Lumber Co. in 1947. He helped many people realize their dream of owning a beautiful home in Hagerstown, Waynesboro, Pa., and Chambersburg, Pa. He retired in November 1989.

Larry loved working in his yard and was especially fond of his roses. He was a good neighbor, living in the same neighborhood in the South End of town for 60 years. He enjoyed reading, keeping up with the news, and was a great storyteller and a wonderful source of family history and memories.

He married his beloved wife, Geney, on Nov. 22, 1947. They loved to travel and always welcomed visitors into their home.

Larry was a lifelong member of First Christian Church of Hagerstown. He served many years on the property commission and also as a deacon.

He was a member of the Hagerstown Rotary Club, with 46 years of perfect attendance. He was a proud veteran. He was president of the Last Man's Club of World War II-Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, and was a member of Post 42 for 67 years. Larry was also a member of the Hagerstown Elks Lodge and the Eagles Club Inc. in Waynesboro. He was a Mason in Lodge 217 and a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Hagerstown Forest 95. He served on the board of the Salvation Army of Hagerstown for 25 years and was a member of AARP. He volunteered at the food bank at St. Mark's Lutheran Church for a number of years.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Genevieve K. (Brown) Martin; daughter, Vickie Marie Layton and her husband, Merrill, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Lee Martin; an infant brother, Percy Elsom Martin Jr., and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church. The Revs. Nancy Jenkins and Steven Johns-Boehme will officiate. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery. A military graveside service will be provided by the Maryland National Guard.

Family will receive friends at the Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, on Thursday from 7 to 9 p m., and one-half hour prior to the funeral service. A masonic service will be held on Thursday at 7 p m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army, P. O. Box 747, Hagerstown, MD 21741; First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

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