Billy Allen Martin, 78, of Carrollton, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at North Kansas City Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2009, at Gibson Funeral Home in Carrollton, with Rev. Ken Prewitt officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Park Cemetery in Carrollton. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Gibson Funeral Home. The family suggests contributions be made to Fire Fighters Association of Missouri Memorial or Wakenda Lodge Scholarship. They may be left at or mailed to Gibson Funeral Home, 201 S. Main, Carrollton, MO 64633. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gibsonfunerals.com.
He was born May 31, 1930, in DeWitt, the son of George Raymond and Ethel Evelyn (Francis) Martin. He attended Carrollton schools. On Sept. 17, 1949, he married Barbara Van Deventer in Ephrata, Wash.; she preceded him in death on April 18, 1997. He married Doris Jean (Stanley) Hardin on May 9, 1998, in Warsaw; she survives of the home. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1950. He was stationed at Moses Lake Air Force Base in Moses Lake, Wash., and was discharged with the rank of corporal. He and his wife, Barbara, owned and operated Martin Plumbing and Heating. He was an active member of the Carrollton community, serving as councilman for Ward I for three years; on Carrollton Fire Department from 1952 to 1983; was secretary-treasurer of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri for 18 years; was a member of Wakenda Lodge 52, where he served as worshipful master and district deputy grand lecturer; was the first president of Carrollton Band Booster Club and was one of the founders of Girls Softball, which later expanded into Carroll County Girls Softball Little League. He also held the responsibilities of manager, coach and umpire. He had also served as fire chief for the North Central Carroll Fire Protection District for five years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Carrollton and the International Order of Odd Fellows.
He is also survived by his daughters, Scarlet Horine of Carrollton, Sherry Pippin and her husband, Glen, of LaPlata, Shelly Arth and her husband, Michael, of Grand Pass, Shelia Arnold and her husband, Dale, of Grain Valley, Sandi Bjerrum and her husband, Bill, of Gladstone; stepchildren, Tony and Pam Oden of DeWitt, Debbie Lynn of Independence, Ron and Christine Oden of Welsh, La., Vicky and Rick Carlson of Merriam, Kan.; one sister, Shirley Pankau of St. Joseph; 10 grandchildren, Erin Brockert and her husband, Henry, of Carrollton, Kristin Parkinson of Columbia, Andy Horine and his fiancée, Pam King, of Kirksville, Billy Pippin and Clifton Pippin of LaPlata, Kimberly Byerly and her husband, Derek, of Waverly, Katie Schowengerdt and her husband, Brian, of Lee's Summit, Danielle Arnold of Grain Valley, Brett Bjerrum and Alex Bjerrum of Gladstone; step-grandchildren, Amy Barrick, Brandon Oden, Samantha Warner, Brandy Gary, Dana Gary, Carrie Hartwig, Bryan Lynn, Chad Oden, Casey Oden, Phillip Schott Henderson, Jennie Scott, Ryan Oden, Megan Oden; and two great-grandsons, Chase Pippin of Kirksville and Tucker Byerly of Waverly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Roy C. Martin; stepson, Tim Oden; step-grandsons, Wade and Cory Oden; and step-granddaughter, Brandy Oden.
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