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A celebtration of a life well lived will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017, 11:00 AM, Montezuma Church of Christ, Hwy 49 South, Montezuma, GA.  Public viewing at Bentley-Montford Mortuary 9:00AM - 9:00PM on Thursday, March 9th.


Charles grew up in Long Island City, Queens, NY. He attended Brooklyn Automotive High School and graduated in 1959. It was while living in Long Island City; Charles met his wife, Catherine Coleman. Charles and Catherine were married on October 1st, 1960. That marriage lasted for 56 years. From this union, they were blessed with three children; Audrey Tankard (of Long Island, NY), Colette Taylor (of Kennesaw GA), and Elijah Martin (of Austell, GA).


In 1980, at the Huntington Church of Christ, Charles was baptized. While a member at Huntington Church of Christ, Charles served as a Deacon for a number of years.


Charles worked for 33 years with the State of New York as a State Trooper. In 1993, Charles retired with the State of New York as a Detective with Troop L.


After Retirement, Charles and his family moved to Chesterfield, VA for eight years.


In Chesterfield, Charles taught Sunday School, and volunteered with several different ministries.


Eventually Charles and his family relocated to Reynolds Georgia where he became and Elder at the Montezuma Church of Christ. Charles mentored young black men and trained them in worship service. Charles loved fishing, holding conversations with his brothers and cooking ox tails.


Charles leaves to mourn: his beloved wife Catherine Martin; his three children Audrey Tankard, Collete Taylor, and Elijah Martin; grandchildren: Derrick Tankard, Erika Tankard, Latoya Taylor, Simone Taylor, Jame A. Taylor Jr., and Elijah E. Martin Jr.; and 11 great grandchildren. Charles also leaves to mourn his three brothers Melvin, Terence, Ray, sisters Celene, Pearl Gibson, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends.


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  • Mellanese Linwood,member of the Montezuma Church of Christ (Thursday, March 09 17 11:09 am EST)

    To the family of Elder Charles Martin, sorry for your loss. Will be praying for you all during this time of bereavement. He will be missed.

  • Myra Walker (Thursday, March 09 17 07:24 pm EST)

    My dearest Brother Martin. I am so thankful God planted you in Virginia at which time I had an opportunity to meet you and to have serve with you at the Arlington Road Church of Christ in Hopewell, Virginia. I am going to miss you more that I missed you when you moved away. Love Sister Walker

  • Myra Walker (Thursday, March 09 17 07:27 pm EST)

    To Sister Catherine
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Brother Martin. On the Sunday that he passed away, Brother Crusoe and I was talking about him, not even realizing that he was no longer with us. Please know that I loved my brother in Christ. You all made me feel special.

  • Peggie Johnson (Thursday, March 09 17 10:04 pm EST)

    My deepest sympathy goes out to sis Cathy Martin and dear brother in Christ has left us and he will truly be missed.. my heart is really sad but I know God will give all of us the strength that we need to get through this big loss.

  • Peggie Johnson (Thursday, March 09 17 10:11 pm EST)

    With deepest sympathy to sister Cathy Martin and family on the loss of my dear brother in Christ. Our hearts are heavy right now but we serve a God that will ease our pain and comfort us during the time of our thoughts and prayers are with each of you

  • Lisa Curtis (Friday, March 10 17 07:06 am EST)

    Lisa, Darry, Monique & Sean Curtis:
    To Aunt Catherine & Our Family: My Uncle Charles Life sudden, the wake of such a loss, we are haunted by things we don't understand. Yet the solace we seek may not come from answers. So we look for comfort in the belief of love's everlasting connection. May the love lift us and hold us close, and give us peace. Uncle will be dearly missed. May God Bless you and our family, you are in our thoughts and prayers . Love always to you and our family.

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