Charles Martin

Charles Frederick Martin

Tuesday, November 13th, 1923 - Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
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Charles Frederick Martin, 96, of Coloma, passed away, Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 21 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Dan Golladay officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. Private burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Friends may visit with the family from 1:00 until 2:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Charles’ name may be made to the American Cancer Society. Those wishing to sign Charles’ Memory Book online may do so at

Charles was born November 13, 1923 in Benton Harbor to Burlin & Bertha “Betty” (Reske) Martin. In 1941 Charles married the former Annabell Adams in Little Rock, Arkansas. He served his country in the US Navy during WWII. Upon return from the war, Charles gained employment with Whirlpool Corp, retiring after thirty-two years. At the same time, he formed a partnership with his brother and they operated B&C Clinic in Benton Harbor for thirty plus years. After selling the business, he continued to work as a small engine mechanic at AAA Sales & Service in Benton Harbor. He was always busy at home as well, tinkering on a lawn mower or generator, whatever needed fixing, or building bird houses. Charles attended Napier Parkview Baptist Church in Benton Harbor. He enjoyed cruising his neighborhood in his golf cart to check on his neighbors or get supplies from the store.

Charles is survived by his daughters-Betty Ann Willis of Coloma, Judy (Richard) Terlisner of Coloma; five grandchildren-Ruth Anne (Bruce) Jones, Charles Edwin Selters, Sarah Willis, Shane Matthew (Kara) McLean, Jaqulyn (Jeffery Stack) McLean; sixteen great-grandchildren; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; his sister Ernestine DuMont of Red Oak, TX; and numerous nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Annabell on Dec. 3, 1998; his granddaughter Judith Lynn Gess; his great-grandson Michael Goodrich; his son-in-law Phillip Willis, three brothers & three sisters.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 2:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Military Rites provided by the North Berrien Military Rites Team will conclude the services. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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John Painter

Posted at 07:58pm
So appreciative of the friendship Fred and my father Russell shared.

Debbie Hall

Posted at 06:56pm
I'm so sorry about this. Charles was a wonderful caring man.

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