APOPKA, Fla. -- Mrs. Pearl Carter Martin, 92, of 1030 Balmy Beach Drive, formerly of Great Falls, S.C., died Thursday, March 13, 2008, at Balmy Beach Retirement Home. Mrs. Martin was the widow of Charles Austin Martin.
Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Sunday at the graveside at Greenlawn Cemetery in Great Falls, with Dr. Randall Ruble officiating.
Born in Embry, S.C. on July 25, 1915, Mrs. Martin was a daughter of the late Robert Frank and Manie Idora Myers Carter. She attended Winthrop College and was a graduate of Limestone College with a B.A. in Home Economics. She also earned a Masters Degree in Religious Education from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. She was a former member of First Baptist Church of Great Falls and Westside Baptist Church of Gainsville, Fla.
Mrs. Martin was a Baptist missionary in the Appalachian mountains, a dietitian at Gaffney Junior College and an English teacher at Westwood Junior High School in Gainesville, Fla. Often called "Minnie Pearl," she enjoyed dancing the Charleston and her favorite color was purple. She was a passionate Gator fan, an avid reader and a first class cook who could whip up a southern dinner complete with coconut cake in no time flat.
Mrs. Martin was a teacher her entire life, both professionally and personally. While she had many talents, her greatest was her ability to teach love to her fellow man. She was a living example of the Christian life; she practiced what she preached. As a Christian, she was committed to promoting the spiritual growth of others without ever being judgmental. She always demonstrated her God-given gifts of a gentle spirit and amused others with her zany humor.
Surviving are her daughter, Barbara L. Martin and husband, Randall Engar of Orlando, Fla.; son, C. Richard Martin and wife, Fawzia of St. Augustine, Fla.; grandsons, Austin R. Martin of St. Augustine and Richard M. Leon of Costa Rica.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Dantzler-Baker Funeral Home, 26 Underwood Avenue, Great Falls.
Memorials may be made to the Charlie Martin Education Fund, First Baptist Church, 606 Dearborn Street, Great Falls, SC 29055 or to the Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 7044, Columbia, SC 29202-7044.