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Dr. Robert Martin

August 8, 1950 — September 15, 2023

Robert E. “Bobby” Martin, Ph.D., 73, of Valdosta, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2023 at The Canopy in Valdosta. He was born in Athens, GA on August 8, 1950 to the late James Edwin Martin and Carolyn McCall Martin. Growing up in Valdosta, he graduated from Valdosta High School in 1968 and then attended Valdosta State College where he received a Bachelor of Physics. Dr. Martin served in the U.S. Army from 1973-1974. He then returned to education pursuing Master’s degrees in History and Secondary Education, and a M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary. In 1991, he achieved his Ph.D. in Humanities from Florida State University. He worked in the education system at High Schools in Ocilla, GA, and Macon, GA, and for the correctional system, teaching inmates. Towards the end of his career, he worked in South Georgia at Georgia Military Academy, Okefenokee Technical College and Wiregrass Technical College. Dr. Martin retired from teaching in October 2012. Dr. Martin loved music and was an accomplished guitar player. He was an active member of New Covenant Church in Valdosta where he taught Bible doctrine and played his 12-string Ovation guitar for the praise and worship team.

Dr. Martin is survived by two brothers, Dr. Richard McCall Martin of Helena, AL and James David Martin, of Columbia, SC.

A private burial was held on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens in Valdosta, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Covenant Church, 3531 Bemiss Road, Valdosta, GA 31605. Online condolences may be conveyed at

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