Edwin Eugene Martin, 92 of Nashville, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014.
He was born in Nashville on March 2, 1922, to the late Neil and Carrie Martin.
He graduated 12th grade from Fountain Head School in Portland, Tenn., and served in the United States Army as a master sargeant during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he joined his family in operating El Reposo Sanitarium in Florence, Ala.
In 1954, he became administrator of Lawrenceburg Sanitarium and Hospital. After serving in administrative positions in several hospitals and nursing homes, in 1971 he founded Care More Inc., where he developed and operated 17 nursing homes from Georgia to Hawaii until his retirement in 1986.
In 1984, he was named Distinguished Administrator of the Year by the American College of Health Care Administrators. He was a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and at the time of his death was a member of the Martin Memorial SDA Church in Centerville.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Belle Ramsey Martin; three children: Robert Eugene Martin and wife, Jeri, Mary Ellen Martin Hagen and husband, Dr. Ronald Hagen, Judith Ann Martin Wilcox and husband, Dr. Brian Wilcox; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a large extended family and many friends.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 8 this evening at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Highway 100, Nashville, where a celebration of his life will be conducted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., with a private interment to follow.
Please visit www.harpethhills. com.