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Billy Martin

Billy Wayne Martin, 73, of Hickory Corner, Tenn., died Thursday, June 2, at Tri-County Convalescent Home in Adamsville.

He was born in Adamsville, the son of the late Autman and Bessie Essary Martin.

Funeral services were Sunday, June 5, at Shackelford Funeral Directors Casey Chapel with Ken Frye officiating. Masonic services were held Saturday, June 4, at the funeral home. Burial followed in Little Hatchie Cemetery in Chester County.

Mr. Martin worked as a funeral director at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer and Savannah and later Johnson Funeral Home and Casey Funeral Home in Henderson. In the early 1970s he owned and operated M&W Ambulance Service in Henderson. He was a licensed electrician and owned and operated C&M Electrical in Henderson.

He served in the Tennessee National Guard, was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a 32nd Degree Shriner at the Al Chymia Temple in Memphis. He was a former president of the Lions Club in Henderson. He served on the original Chester County Fair and Livestock board in Henderson and had served as its president. He was former president of the Henderson Jaycees and was chairman of many of its Christmas parades. He served on the Chester County Democratic Executive Committee. He was one of the founding members of the Hickory Corner Community Center.

He played a part with the ambulance service in the first Walking Tall Movie. He attended Faith Fellowship Church.

He is survived by his wife, Bonice Maness Martin of Henderson; three daughters, Debbie Cole of Johnson City, Ruth Ann Lane of Henderson and Dianne Kesler of Henderson; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Shirley Struble of Savannah and Mildred Shields of Bolivar.