Mr. Chester Darrol Martin, Sr. was born July 8, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Chester Wiliam and Opal Louise Luttrell Martin. His parents were tragically killed in a car accident when he was four years old, he was then raised by William E. “Jack” and Martha Muriel Luttrell Moore. Mr. Martin was a Carpenter with TVA, a proud graduate of the Columbia Military Academy where he went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army as a Private First Class, a member of the Rifle and Pistol Team, a proud member of the DeSoto Masonic Lodge #299, a member of the Scottish Rite of Memphis, TN, a 49-year member of the Al Menah Shriners, and a member of the Baptist Faith. He was united in marriage to Sandra “Sandy” N. Pitts on November 22, 1962. Over the years they made their home in Memphis, TN, Hernando, MS, Fresno, CA, and Waynesboro, TN. Mr. Martin departed this life on January 30, 2020 in Waynesboro, making his stay in this life some 83 years, 6 months, and 22 days.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sandra “Sandy” N. Pitts Martin of Waynesboro, TN; a son, Chester Darroll “Chip” Martin of Smyrna, TN; three grandchildren, William Chester “Will” Martin of Waynesboro, TN, Wyatt Lee Martin of Smyrna, TN, Madison Grace “Maddie” Martin; brother-in-law, John Ross Pitts (Sandra) of Waynesboro, TN, sister-in-law June Moore of Memphis, TN, sister-in-law Joy Pitts of Counce, TN; niece, Shelley Davis Minatra (Jeff) of Waynesboro, TN, nephew, Eric Kyle Davis (Regina) of Linden, TN, niece, Jane Ann Cummings (Jeff) of Savannah, TN, nephew, Jason Pitts (Leanne) of Iuka, MS, niece, Johna Pitts of Richmond, VA, niece, Martha Pitts of Murfreesboro, TN, nephew, Ross Pitts of Mt. Juliet, TN; great-nieces and nephews, Andrew Bunch (Sky) of Mt. Juliet, TN, Alora Pope (Eric) of Waynesboro, TN, Kenzsley Davis, Ethan Davis, and Kayley Rogers all of Linden, TN, Carson and Ryder Cummings of Savannah, TN and Braylon Pitts of Iuka, MS. He is also survived by many other loving family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester William and Opal Louise Luttrell Martin, his parents of the heart, William E. “Jack” and Martha Muriel Luttrell Moore, brother, James Billy Martin, step-brother, Billy Jack Moore, sister-in-law, Brenda Pitts Davis, brother-in-law, Joe Anthony Pitts, and his in-laws Joe and Marguerite Bastin Pitts.
Services were held on February 2, 2020 at
2:00 PM at Shackelford Funeral Directors, Waynesboro, TN with Rod Littrell
officiating. Burial followed in the North Highland Cemetery in Waynesboro with
Full Military Honors.
Shackelford Funeral Directors of Wayne County assisted the family.