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Major James Martin Passing - 18
03/20/09     Cindy Martin Finsie  (1973)      cinfins@aol.com
My dad passed away in June of 2008. I know that some of you had him as a teacher in the eighth grade, baseball coach, or maybe even drivers ed. He lived with me here in Orlando until he passed. He was sharp as a tack up until the end. He was 87! As he would say, "You can sleep all you want to in my class, but don't dream your are going to pass!"
03/20/09     Lisa Parcell Teague  (1979)      lpteague@comcast.net
Re: Major James Martin Passing
Sorry about your loss Cindy! I really enjoyed having your dad as a teacher. He made class very enjoyable. I am glad that you had lots of good years with him. Take care.
03/22/09     Donna Stine Young  (1973)      cwom730@yahoo.com
Re: Major James Martin Passing
T – I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I just loved him! There are so many memories I have with you and your dad and mom that I cherish. I am glad he was staying with you and a part of your life. He was an amazing person with so much strength. He is missed.
03/24/09     Jeff Belcher  (1976)      jrb@lee-mcshane.com
Re: Major James Martin Passing
I am sorry to hear of Major Martin's passing. He was one of a kind.Speaking of sleeping in glass, I remember this kid who always slept in class and Major Martin finally got tired of it. He actually lit a firecracker under this guy's seat. It was hilarious. Can you imagine a teacher doing that today.
03/31/09     Barry Berlin  (1973)      bberlin@atlantictrust.com
Re: Major James Martin Passing
I was fond of your dad, too. Thanks to Major Martin, I get all the geography questions right on Jeopardy. I also remember that he was a good golfer at Forest Park, and helpful to me there as well. My father also lived to 87 (two days shy of 88), but he was older than your father, and died several years ago. Hope all is well with you and yours.
04/01/09     David Judkins  (1975)      dbjudkins@comcast.net
Re: Major James Martin Passing
Cindy, your dad was a treasure. Because of him, I still find geography interesting. He often regaled us with his Air Force stories. Being retired Air Force myself, I can really appreciate those stories now. I will always have fond memories of him.
04/01/09     David Harmon  (1976)      cdharmon21@yahoo.com
Re: Major James Martin Passing
As you well know, your Dad was a very well liked Teacher, and I enjoyed his class and the stories he would tell. As I think of him now, a smile comes to me remebering that wry grin of his. He was a Teacher you wanted to have. Martinsville Jr. and Sr. High both had some unique characters, and your Dad was one of the Special ones.
07/14/09     Kack  (1973)      kwals28@cox.net
Re: Major James Martin Passing
I'm so sorry to hear of you Dad's passing. He was a great teacher and wonderful guy. I'm so glad he was willing to move with you to Orlando. I do remember he was a bit stubborn. You both will always bring a smile to my heart.
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