Jim Martin

Published 11:37 am Saturday, February 3, 2018

CHARLOTTE — Native Charlottean Jim Martin, 83, died at Sharon Towers on Monday morning, Jan. 29, 2018, with his bride at his side.

He practiced law for 50 years beginning in 1964 with Moore and Van Allen and was most recently a sole practitioner. Jim retired from the U.S. Navy as a Commander. He was a proud graduate of Central High School in Charlotte, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC School of Law. At Carolina, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, treasurer of the student body and involved in many other school organizations. Jim had been involved with the Boy Scouts of America both as an Eagle Scout and a leader and on various YMCA boards.

Jim served First Presbyterian Church as a deacon, elder and clerk of the session. He enjoyed UNC sports, reading history, tennis (especially the “sundowners” at the Charlotte Country Club), his Friday morning Bible study and his lifelong friends. He was very proud of “Grandpa Jenkins” and his CSA ancestors. He enjoyed sharing humor with all whom he encountered.

Jim is survived by Wardie, Margaret Ward Abernethy, his “treasure” wife of 57+ years, his three wonderful children and ten grandchildren: Jay [JEM III] and his wife, Jeanne; Margaret Long and husband John; and Catherine Lindauer and husband Douglas; grandchildren, Graham and wife Becca, James, Win and Sam, Abby, Jack and Millie, Caty, Carson and JD; his sister, Janie Crabtree; his brother, John W. Martin II and his wife, Judy. Jim was predeceased by his father, Big Jim (JEM, Sr.) and his mother, Barbara Hogan Martin.

A service of worship, remembrance and celebration will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, with a reception following in the Wood Fellowship Hall.

Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202 or Sharon Towers at 5100 Sharon Road, Charlotte NC 28210.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; 704-641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.