AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at Portsbridge Hospice, Mr. Tony F. Martinez, husband of the late Maria "Mary" Martinez and father of the late Tony and Bobby Martinez. Other family members include his daughters, Dorie M. Ray of Beech Island, Christina M. Harper of Martinez, Stephanie M. O'Hagan of Amelia Island; grandchildren, Carl Tolar, Adam Tolar, Stephen Hutto, Timothy Ray, Daniel Ray, Christi O'Hagan, Robby O'Hagan; sister, Josephine Martinez of Solana Beach, Calif.; brother, Frank Martinez of St. Peters, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Martinez was a native of Phoenix, Ariz. He retired from the U.S. Army after 28 years of service. During his career with the Army he was in the 82nd and 101st Airborne and took part in the invasion of Normandy where he received a Purple Heart. He was an advisor in both Vietnam and South Vietnam and was a communication specialist. Following retirement, he was employed by Rhodes Furniture and then security at Fort Gordon. He was a member of the American Legion Post 400, VFW, National Association of Uniform Services. He was a member of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, Council 1461, Panama Canal Zone. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on today, Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church with Fr. Jerry Ragan celebrant. Pallbearers will be Adam and Carl Tolar, Tim Ray, and Danny Harper. Burial will be in Westover Memorial Park with Full Military Honors. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907.
The Augusta Chronicle September 24, 2005