William Augustin Martin


  First Presbyterian Church is Site of last Rites for Prominent Realtor

William Augustin Martin, 77, prominent Chattanooga real estate man, died unexpectedly here yesterday afternoon.

          Mr. Martin was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital, where he had been taken following a heart attack at his home, 930 Scenic Highway, Lookout mountain.

          Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Willard Peak officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery.

          Mr. Martin, a native and life long resident of Chattanooga, had extensive real estate holdings here.

          He had served as a city commissioner of Lookout Mountain for five years.  He was a retired elder of both the First Presbyterian and Lookout Mountain Presbyterian churches.

          Mr. Martin was a graduate of Pantops Academy at Charlottesville, Va., and of the University of Virginia, where he was a star football and baseball player for three years.  He was a member of Sigma Chi social fraternity.

          The well-known Chattanoogan served as a first lieutenant with the 31st Division during World War I.  He also was a charter member of Troop B, Tennessee Cavalry.

          Mr. Martin was a member of the Chattanooga Half-Century Club.

          He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Mary McGruder, whom he married in 1924; three sons, William M., John M. and James B. Martin; a brother. Ernest Martin, all of lookout Mountain; an aunt, Mrs. Joseph H. Davenport, Chattanooga and a niece, Mrs. Thomas Randolph Cooper, Savannah, Ga.

          Honorary pallbearers at the funeral will be elders and deacons of the First Presbyterian Church.

          The family has requested that flowers be omitted.  
Chattanooga Times May 2, 1887


Submitted by Gary P. Martin