Charles Herbert Martin of Lampasas, Texas died at age 88, on June 11, 2023. He had been living at Lily Springs Nursing and Rehab for the last seven years.
Charles was born on October 12, 1934, in Lubbock, Texas to James (Jim) W. Martin and Mary Hodges Martin, the second of their three sons. About 1941, the family moved from Lubbock to a place five miles north of Lampasas. He attended the First Avenue Church of Christ as a child and graduated from Lampasas High School in 1953. Due to chronic health issues, Charles lived at home with his parents until their deaths, working on the family ranch. After his parents' deaths, he moved to assisted living facilities first in Mississippi and then to Temple to be close to his brother Hodges, before returning to the nursing home in Lampasas near his brother J.T.
Charles pursued his interest in photography which began in high school, he was an accomplished bowler who bowled several perfect games and a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan. However, his overriding passion was his family genealogy, and he continued that interest until his death. He researched and published, with his cousin Edwin Jack Martin, Sr, a family chronology called "The Smarts and the Martins: 1711-1977". His encyclopedic knowledge of family history never failed to amaze his extended family.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; his older brother, J.T. Martin, and his younger brother, Dr. Hodges L. Martin.
He is survived by his two sisters-in-law; four nephews; three nieces and their extended families. He will be laid to rest next to his parents and a private family memorial will be held later in June.