Harrison Garrett and Bessie Lee Hendrix Martin
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Funeral services for Harrison "Harry" Garrett Martin, 81, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 1996 in the Highway 70 Church of Christ with Charles Ball, Spur and Jerry Bynum, Lubbock, officiating. Burial was in Red Mud Cemetery under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home.

Harry was born January 16, 1915 at West End Community in Dickens County to pioneers C.F. and Mamie Garrett Martin. He was raised on the family ranch West of Spur, still owned by the family.

He graduated from Spur High School in 1934. He attended college at Amarillo, Altus, Oklahoma, and graduated from New Mexico A & M University in 1940. He was a football player and attended on scholarships to get his education. He coached football at Idalou, Dickens, and Hamlin schools. He was Superintendent of Schools at Dickens from 1945-1954. He moved back to Dickens County in 1959 where he farmed and ranched west of Spur until he retired in 1990. He was an Elder at the Highway 70 Church of Christ and chairman of Red Mud Cemetery Association for 35 years and will be buried there in the family plot.

He died at his home west of Spur September 14, 1996.

He married Bessie Lee Hendrix, August 1, 1940 in Crosbyton.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Bessie Lee Martin; two sons, Harry Bob and Mary Martin of Springtown; Mike and Elaine Martin, Spur; one daughter, Melinda and Clay Jameson, Matador; four grandchildren, Clint Martin, Channing; Bundy Martin, Los Angeles, Califronia; Carol Scott, San Angelo; Casey Moore, Wichita Falls; five great grandchildren, Cody Martin, Channing; Jackie Martin, Newton; Marcus Moore, Wichita Falls; Jacob and Jill Scott, San Angelo.( He was preceded in death by one grandson, Bodie Barnes in 1989.) One brother, Forrest Martin, Jr., Littlefield; two sisters, Robbie Wyatt, Spur and Sybil Estep, Dublin; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Gwen Long, Loyd Rinehart, Ronnie White, Nig Wyatt, Benny Robertson, Gary Rainbolt and Larry Taylor.

©The Texas Spur, September 19, 1996

Services for Bessie Lee Martin, 84, of Spur were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2001 at the Highway 70 Church of Christ with Bob Martin officiating. Burial was in the RedMud Cemetery under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home of Spur.

She died Thursday, January 11, 2001 at the Crosbyton Hospital.

She was born September 7, 1916 in Quay, New Mexico. She married Harrison Garrett (Harry) Martin August 1, 1940 in Crosbyton. He preceded her in death September 4, 1996.

She lived most of her life in Dickens County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Highway 70 Church of Christ. She was active in the Home Demonstration Club for many years.

Survivors include two sons, Harry Bob Martin of Spur and Mike Martin of Spur; one daughter, Melinda Jameson of Matador; three sisters, Florence Toucheon of Seattle, Washington, Inez Nelson of Fort Worth, and Betty Pratt of Aztec, New Mexico; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. One grandson, Bodie Barnes, preceded her in death in 1989.

©The Texas Spur, Thursday, January 18, 2001, page seven


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