Martin, Joseph B. - Sgt., Co. E
The following obituary is quoted directly from the March 20, 1914 edition of the "Raleigh News and Observer", Raleigh, North Carolina.
J. B. MARTIN DEAD
Railroad Man of Raleigh Closes Active Life; Funeral at 4 p.m. Today
Joseph Byron Martin, veteran railroad man and one of Raleigh’s first citizens, died yesterday morning at his home on Halifax street.
Mr. Martin had not been on the streets since April of last year his trips downtown have been infrequent since his accident three years ago on the spot now known as the Raleigh Banking and Trust Company’s handsome building. Throughout the year he has steadily declined, but the last several days saw every evidence that he could not live but a few days.
He was born seventy years ago fourteen miles from Raleigh, near Mt. Pleasant church. He attended Wake Forest two years and volunteered for the Confederate service. He followed the command of Col. Risden Tyler Bennett, that picturesque jurist, soldier, scholar and writer. Colonel Bennett was the lasting friend of Mr. Martin, and the death of the Wadesboro man brought one of the hardest of the afflictions in the days of Mr. Martin’s waning strength.
When Colonel A. R. Andrews was superintendent of the Seaboard, Mr. Martin was his clerk, and throughout the Andrews administration held that position. Colonel Andrews left the Seaboard, but Mr. Martin declined to go. Remaining in that service thirty years and rising to the position of general auditor, the dead man retired with the rarest tribute of the employees’ homage, respect and love. A gorgeous silver service presented publicly to him so moved him that his acknowledgement was impossible through the overcoming of tears.
At that time, Mr. Ernest Martin, the only son, was running an engine on the Seaboard and the father sought to take him from the hazard of that work. He built the Martin Hosiery Mill and put his son in charge. The two have been its life and have made it go. A portion of the elder Martin’s service with the Seaboard was spent in Portsmouth, though he retained his Raleigh residence. In point of accomplishment he deserves entirely to be called one of the foremost citizens of Raleigh, and his devotion to the town entitles him to that characterization.
The marriage of Mr. J. B. Martin took place in 1867, Miss Valeria Weathers being his bride. They have lived together the forty-seven years and Mrs. Martin survives him. Three grandsons likewise live after him. They are Joseph Martin, aged seventeen; Maury Martin, aged fourteen, and William Allen Martin, aged fourteen months. One sister and one brother also survive.
He was as devoted to his church as to his business and carried his religion into his work. He was a member of the First Baptist church and from that place the funeral will take place this afternoon at 4 o’clock. Rev. Dr. T. W. O’Kelley, pastor, officiating. The pallbearers will be Messrs. T. R. Terrell, C. B. Edwards, John E. Ray, W. J. Andrews, Charles U. Harris, A. A. Thompson, and R. N. Simms.
Copy of obituary provided by: Ed Martin, whose Great-Grandfather is Joseph B. Martin.