Roy W. Martin was educated at McFerrin College and the University of Virginia. He was a director in the Bank of Martin, the Weakley County Telephone Company, and held large land interests. He never married.
The 1900 census stated his birth year as "1872". His tombstone states his birth year as "1875". The birth month stated on the 1900 census is clearly "August". Also, his passport application stated his DOB 25 Aug 1875