Billy Joe “Whitey” Martin, age 81, of Salem, passed away Monday, November 22 at Scottsburg Beehive Assisted Living.
Mr. Martin was born August 27, 1940, in Salem the son of John Henry and Grace Edith Cauble Martin. He was a 1959 graduate of Salem High School.
He retired from UPS after 33 years. Whitey was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church and New Hope Men’s Group.
He sat on the board of Mt. Zion Cemetery and served on the Washington County Sheriff’s Posse.
He also served as an Air Force reservist.
Whitey enjoyed woodworking and was talented at building wooden toys and bird houses. He restored his 1966 Mustang and liked taking it to car shows. He often plowed gardens and removed snow for his neighbors.
Billy Joe is survived by his wife: Helen “Joyce” Williams Martin of Salem, his children: Tanya Partin (Bobby) of Indianapolis, Shawn Martin (Tina) and Heather Spiczak of River Falls, Wisconsin, a brother: John David Martin (Jennifer) of Salem, sister-in-law: Vivian Martin of Salem, and five grandchildren: Shelby and Jess Partin, Alex Martin, and Logan and Blake Spiczak.
He was preceded in death by one brother: Richard Martin and his parents.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 26 at 1PM at Weathers Funeral Home with George Browning officiating.
Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 10AM-time of service.