William "Bill" Lee Martin, Jr.

April 28, 1921 - August 4, 2017
Born in Hartsville, TN
Resided in Nashville, TN


MARTIN, William “Bill” L., Jr. Age 96 of Nashville, TN, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 4, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Jean L. Martin; his mother, Penelope Reed Martin; his father, William L. Martin, Sr. and 7 siblings.

Mr. Martin was born on April 28, 1921, in Hartsville, TN, and started working at age 11 in the grocery business. In 1940, he joined the Army Corps of Engineer and later served in World War II and the Korean conflict. He then married Jean Lancaster of Gallatin and reared two children, Pamela Jean and William Lee III. Mr. Martin established his first store in 1962. He began expanding his business in the 1970's, with a total of 24 stores by the mid-1980's. Upon his passing, he owned 3 stores in Nashville, Red Boiling Springs, and Gamaliel, KY. Mr. Martin was a member of Central Church of Christ for 61 years where he served as a deacon and later as an elder for several years.

Mr. Martin is survived by his son William "Billy" (Kim) L. Martin, III; his daughter, Pamela (Steve) M. Schuller; his brother, Douglas Martin; his sister, Margaret Brewer; his grandchildren, Stephanie (Tim) Nance, William Schuller, Christopher Martin, and Michael Martin; his great grandchildren, Henry Nance, Martin Nance, Cordelia Nance, and Arthur Nance; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Martin will always be remembered for his sweet smile and kind heart. In Nashville, the name Bill Martin is synonymous with generosity, humility and honesty.

Visitation will be at Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home, 2707 Gallatin Rd., on Tues., Aug. 8, from 1pm-8pm and again on Wed., Aug. 9, from 9am-10am with the service at 10am in our chapel. Bro. Tom Seals, Bro. Ford Holman and Bro. Timothy Nance will be officiating. Interment immediately following at Spring Hill Cemetery.




Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home
2707 Gallatin Road
Nashville, TN US 37216
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home
2707 Gallatin Road
Nashville, TN US 37216
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM