Dr. Terrell Owen Martin, Jr., 77, of 901 Pine Cone Trail, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Rainey Hospice House.
He was born in Florence, Alabama on March 25, 1937. Dr. Martin graduated from Anderson Boys' High School in 1955 and from Erskine College in 1959. During his undergraduate years at Erskine, he served as Chairman of the Honor Council, Business Manager of the Yearbook, President of the Methodist Youth Fellowship, Director of the Junior Review, and President of the Euphemian Literary Society.
During the first four years following his graduation from Erskine, he taught math and science in the Greenville County School System and completed his military duty as an Army Medical Service Corps officer at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
In 1963, he enrolled at Indiana University in Bloomington where he completed a masters degree in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education and a doctorate in Park and Recreation Management with an emphasis on Student Union Management. Over the following 20 years, he was employed as an academic counselor and a member of the general education faculty at the University of Akron in Ohio; as Director of Student Activities at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana; as Director of Special Programs and Organization at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and as Dean for Student Development at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas. During the last 16 years of his career, he served as Director of Academic Counseling and Advising at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. He completed his professional career in 2003 and returned to Anderson for his retirement years.
Dr. Martin was affiliated with a number of professional organizations which included the National Academic Advising Association, the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and Phi Delta Kappa International. He was also recognized for his professional accomplishments as a member of Who's Who in American Education and Who's Who in the South and Southwest.
His parents, Ruth and T.O. Martin, predeceased him. Survivors include his sister, Marcia M. Brooks of Huntersville, NC, two nephews and their families, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The service will be conducted by Rev. Dan Batson, the pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the cemetery immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, 515 South McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29624 or to Erskine College, P.O. Box 338, Due West, SC 29639.