Mr. William F. "Bill" Martin Sr. "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high, untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God." And so it was for William F. Martin Sr., known to all as Bill, as the warmth of a spring sun climbed high in the noon sky on March 16, 2012, which was three days after his birthday. Bill Martin was born in Charlotte, NC, March 13, 1928, and was the son of James and Rosa Mae Westbrook Martin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Parks Martin, and his son and namesake, William Francis Martin Jr., as well as by a brother, Frederick Wesley Martin. Early in life, Bill knew his vocational calling was to be in aviation. He served in The United States Coast Guard and plunged headlong into his chosen career and nurtured his affection for flying. He flew for Piedmont Airlines beginning in 1952 and retired as a Senior Piedmont Captain in 1985. After retirement, he remained active in The Piedmont Silver Eagles. He was a member of Newnan First Baptist Church. Bill is survived by his son Craig Martin and his wife Meg of McDonough. Three grandchildren, Haley Martin, Will Martin, and Kelsey Martin, were paramount in his life. Also surviving is a brother, Wiley Martin of Denver, NC, and a sister, Lourine Bryant of Charlotte NC. Funeral arrangements are by McKoon Funeral Home at 38 Jackson Street, where the family will receive friends on Monday, March 19 beginning at 10 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in The McKoon Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jerry Walker officiating. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mckoon.com . In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Martin's name to either The American Cancer Society or to The First Baptist Church of Newnan. McKoon Funeral Home

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