James E. Martin, 75, of Rosewood Heights, passed away at 4:33 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at his residence, surrounded by his family.
Born in St. Louis on Dec. 14, 1940, he was the son of Chester E. and Opal Marie (Bennett) Martin.
He owner and operated Martin Limousines and later worked for Madison County Transit before retiring. He was a Mason and Shriner.
He married the former Benita H. Belcher on June 8, 1959. She survives.
Surviving also are two sons, James (Lila L.) Martin and Gary E. (Dana) Martin; daughter, Beth Mattingly (Ken Bertulis); grandchildren, Justin Martin, Jennifer L. (Mike) Kessinger, Benjamin E. Martin, Lucas J. Martin, Logan Taylor Graham and Angela M. Mattingly; great-grandchildren, Gabby and Emma Kessinger, Kyler J. Mattingly and Joseph M. Schwank; and many dear friends from Abundant Life Church in Godfrey, where he attended.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Marks Mortuary in Wood River, where services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22. The Rev. Carl H. Woodard will officiate.
Burial will follow in Woodland Hill Cemetery in East Alton.
Memorials may be made to BJC Hospice, in recognition of their loving care, or Abundant Life Church.