William “Bill” Martin

Martin-William- cropped photoWilliam “Bill” Mangum Martin, 85, of Tiki Island, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014, in Webster. Bill was born August 17, 1929, in Savannah, Georgia to William and Ellen Martin. Bill served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, was past president of the Texas City and La Marque Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Texas City, a member of the Elks Lodge, a past alderman, in Tiki Island. In 1997 Bill retired from Firestone after owning five locations, in Galveston, Texas City, Clear Lake and Houston. In 2013, he retired from the office of President of Harbor Cove Condominiums of Tiki Island, after thirty years of service. He was the Best Fisherman of Tiki Island. Bill was a wonderful, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, “He was the Best.” Bill is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, of thirty years, Bea Martin; five daughters: Joni Gibson and husband Alex, Beverly Olds and husband Mitch, Susan Martin, Monica Broughton and husband John, Andrea Rutherford and Tray; three sons: Brad Martin and wife Jill, Chris Martin and wife Deb, Joe Reily III and wife Chrissy; one Sister: Nancy Gibson; one brother: Paul Martin and Patsy; seventeen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014, at James Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2014 at the funeral home, with Rev. Bill Cole officiating. Pallbearers will include Chris Njoku, Nick Njoku, Ben Njoku, Devin Broughton, Johnny Acosta, and Sam Olds. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Cathedral Basilica, 2011 Church St., Galveston, Texas 77550. Martin William - navy


  1. Dad, I love and will miss you. We used to go to races and hockey games together until the boys were old enough to do these things with you. Rest in peace dad.


    Joni Gibson
  2. Mr. Bill you will be missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family,
    The Whitten’s –
    BroBro, Piglet & Peanut
    Rusty & Ariell

    Ariell Whitten
  3. Prayers for Bill and his family. Bea, my heart is heavy for you and I will pray that God bring you strength during this difficult time.

    Tamara Millsaps
  4. Bill Martin is my oldest brother. When we were growing up, the family called him Billy. He was very fun loving and full of life. As adults we did not see much of each other do to him moving frequently around the country with his job and I remained in North Carolina. However, 3 years ago, I was fortunate to visit with him on Tiki Island. We had a great time together and I will forever remember those good times. He was a happy person and enjoyable to be around and never met a stranger. May God bless Bea and their family during this time of sorrow.

    Nancy Martin Gibson
  5. I always enjoyed working around Bill at Chamber & Rotary events back in the 70’s. Bill was always willing to help with anything and always made you feel special. RIP Old Friend.

    Mark Chalker

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