|Birth: ||Aug. 26, 1916|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 2006|
Mr. Emory Martin, age 89 of Mt. Vernon, KY died Monday, April 17, 2006 at his home. He was born in Bon Aqua, TN on August 26, 1916 the son of Horace and Maude Nichols Martin. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon and was a 50 yr. Mason with the Masonic Lodge.
He gained notoriety as the "World's Only One-Armed Banjo Player" having played at various times with artists such as Johnny and Jack and Kitty Wells, Uncle Dave Macon, Fiddlin' Sid Harkreader, and others. His first job was with Sid Harkreader on the Grand Ole Opry at age 16. He later recorded on RCA-Victor with Johnny and Jack and Kitty Wells. On November 24, 1943 he married fellow performer Wanda "Linda Lou" Arnold in Griffin, GA between shows. He made the Renfro Valley/Mt. Vernon area his home after retiring from performing for years on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. He later operated a service station in Renfro Valley with his brother, Curtis, and was later employed by Hysinger Carpet in Mt. Vernon. He loved working with his horses on his farm and enjoyed riding whenever possible. He was a founding member of the Rockcastle Saddle Club in 1968. But most of all, he enjoyed his family. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were a great source of joy.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, Linda Martin, he is survived by a son, Roy A. Martin and wife Pamela of Mt. Vernon; a brother, Curtis Martin and wife Maryanne of Green Valley, AZ; three sisters, Ruby Womack of Huntsville, AL, Hattie Hickerson of Franklin, TN; and Helen Turner and husband, John of Green Valley, AZ; three grandchildren, Steve Martin and wife Donnaleah of Mt. Vernon, Gina Masters and husband Jensen of Brodhead, and Alexandra Taylor Martin also of Mt. Vernon; and four great grandchildren, Justice Masters, Ryan Martin, Jett Masters, and Wyatt Martin. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Martin; and a sister, Eva Morgan.
Interment Cresthaven Memorial Cemetery
William Benjamin Horace Martin (1893 - 1980)
Maud Nichols Martin (1894 - 1988)
Eva Martin Morgan (1914 - 1974)*
Emory Martin (1916 - 2006)
Ruby Martin Womack (1918 - 2008)*
Hattie Martin Hickerson (1920 - 2008)*
William Kenneth Martin (1928 - 2001)*
Cresthaven Memorial Cemetery
Created by: bbarnhill
Record added: Jan 16, 2011
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