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Bennie P. Martin 1924 - 2008

Bennie P. Martin

Bennie P. Martin

Bennie Perkins Martin, 83, of Clarkdale, died Feb. 9, 2008, at his home. He was born March 24, 1924, to James C. and Beatrice (Dixon) Martin in Wills Point, Texas.

Bennie proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

He married Wilma J. Shirley on Feb. 9, 1946. She died in 2005.

In 1956, Bennie moved to the Verde Valley, where he made his home and lived his life as a cowboy. He was also co-owner of Ben and Steve's Backhoe Service from 1976 to 1987. When Bennie wasn't cowboyin' or back hoein' then he was out fishin'.

Bennie leaves behind his son, Steven L. (Loralie) Martin of Duncan; two daughters, Sherrill (Peter) Jepsen of Chandler, and Karla (Kenneth) Schwartz of Cottonwood; his brother, J.C. (Esther) Martin of Safford; as well as seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service is planned for March 8 at the First Southern Baptist Church in Clarkdale. Services will begin at 10 a.m.

An online guestbook is available at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.

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