James E. Martin, Jr.

January 29, 2018

CHARLOTTE  -  Native Charlottean Jim Martin, 83, died at Sharon Towers on Monday morning January 29, 2018 with his bride at his side. He practiced law for fifty years beginning in 1964 with Moore and Van Allen and was most recently a sole practitioner.  Jim retired from the US Navy as a Commander. He was a proud graduate of Central High School in Charlotte, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC School of Law.  At Carolina he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Treasurer of the student body and involved in many other school organizations. Jim had been involved with the Boy Scouts of America both as an Eagle Scout and a leader and on various YMCA boards.

Jim served First Presbyterian Church as a deacon, elder and clerk of the session. He enjoyed UNC sports, reading history, tennis (especially the “sundowners” at the Charlotte Country Club), his Friday morning Bible Study and his lifelong friends. He was very proud of “Grandpa Jenkins” and his CSA ancestors. He enjoyed sharing humor with all whom he encountered.

Jim is survived by Wardie, Margaret Ward Abernethy, his “treasure” wife of 57+ years, his three wonderful children & ten grandchildren; Jay [JEM III] and his wife, Jeanne; Margaret Long and husband, John; and Catherine Lindauer and husband, Douglas; grandchildren,  Graham and wife, Becca, James, Win & Sam, Abby, Jack & Millie, Caty, Carson & JD; his sister, Janie Crabtree; his brother, John W. Martin II and his wife, Judy. Jim was predeceased by his father, Big Jim (JEM, Sr.) and his mother, Barbara Hogan Martin.

A service of worship, remembrance and celebration will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday February 3, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church with a reception following in the Wood Fellowship Hall. 

Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 200 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 or Sharon Towers at 5100 Sharon Rd, Charlotte NC 28210.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.



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  • Matthew Fleishman

    I was sorry to read about the passing of Jim Martin. I had the pleasure of meeting Jim in 2005 where I worked in the same building as him. Even though all of the lawyers in the building had busy practices Jim was always willing to take few minutes to answer questions or talk about UNC sports. Further, I could always count on Jim for a good joke. Even years after Jim had moved out of the building, he is still fondly remembered by the lawyers who knew him. I extend my condolences to his family.

  • Andrew Harper

    Jim was a friend throughout all of our public school days. My sincere best wishes and condolences to his family and Charlotte friends.

  • Cullen and Gay Ferguson

    Dear Wardie,

    We were so sorry to learn of Jim's passing! What fun times we had together! We will always remember his great sense of humor and his bright smile. He was half of one of the greatest couples we have had the honor of knowing. Our hearts and our prayers go out to you and your family in this great loss. But Jim is now with his Lord and Savior and he must have everyone up in heaven laughing!

    Love and Sympathy, Cullen and Gay.

  • James Hamilton

    Wardie, I was so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. His obituary shows that he lived a full life, blessed with a wonderful family . I know he was fortunate to have you by his side.

    You have my sincere sympathies.


  • Betsy Alexander Youngblood

    To Wardie and all your family - Joel & I are SO sorry to hear of Jim's death. Please be assured of our prayers for your peace and comfort. May you feel God's Presence surrounding you all. We love you!

  • Boots Goodman Strauss

    Dear Wardie, I am so sorry for your loss. May all your happy memories sustain you at this sad time.
    Sincerely, Boots Goodman Strauss

  • Maria Collias

    Dearests Wardie,Jay, Margaret, Catherine, spouses, and beloved grandchildren,
    Jim was the epitome of a Southern Gentleman: kind, spiritual, generous with his time and talents, intelligent, capable, and funny. We shall miss him..... A counselor would tell you to give yourselves permission to grieve this huge loss. My wish is that as the pain becomes less acute with time, the memories will become more treasured and joyous. Nick and I want to attend the service and speak with you in person, but we don't dare get out in crowds-- because if Nick gets the flu, "He will go to heaven," said Dr. Garner.
    Know that our love and prayers are with you all.

    Nick and Maria Collias

  • Pamela Rhynes

    To all of Jim's family: My deepest sympathies to all of you in the passing of this kind and generous man. My husband worked with Jim many years ago at the grocery store when Jim was a teenager. In the early 70s, my husband and I went to a closing for a house we were purchasing and who should be the attorney but Jim! What a reunion those 2 men had at that closing. That's probably the longest closing on record! For all the years after that, any time we had a legal matter Jim was always ready and willing to help or just give advice. My husband died in 2001 and I was so touched that Jim came to the funeral. Even after my husband's death, he continued to be my adviser and contact until he finally completely retired. I have nothing but wonderful memories of your loved one. Every time I saw or talked to him, he always relayed to me stories of his family and it was plain to see how very much he loved all of you. I know you will miss him terribly and I pray that you will find much comfort, peace, and strength in all the wonderful memories you have of so many years together. May God bless you and keep you.

  • Nick and Maria Collias

    Dearests Wardie, Jay, Margaret, Catherine, spouses and beloved grandchildren,
    We are all going to miss Jim. He was the epitome of a Southern Gentleman: kind, spiritual, generous with his time and talents, intelligent, capable, and funny. A counselor would tell you to give yourselves permission to grieve this huge loss. My wish is that as the acute pain lessens with time, the treasure and joy of your memories will multiply.
    Nick and I want to come to the church service and speak to you in person, but we can't. The good doctor said, "If Nick gets the flu, he will go to heaven," so we are avoiding crowds during this horrible flu season.
    Know that we love you, and we will keep you all in our prayers.

    Nick and Maria Collias

  • Judy Goldman

    Dear Wardie,

    I was so sorry to read about Jim. I remember with such fondness meeting you years ago through Katie Underwood. I thought she had the nicest friends, you at the top of the list! I've always been crazy about you, Wardie, and I want you to know how sad I am to be writing to you under these circumstances. I hope you find solace in the fact that you had that fine, long marriage and you're surrounded by loving family and friends. I'm sending you a hug and much love.


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