In Memory of Forrest and Mamie Martin

taken from the book “Dickens County—It's Land and People”

Copyright 1986, page 559

Clarence Forrest Martin, Sr. was born February 18, 1893 in Brown County Texas to William Harrison and Belle Dora Goff Martin. They moved to Dickens County in 1902.

Alice Mae (Mamie) Garrett was born November 5, 1896 in Indian Territory near Mangum, Oklahoma to William Clinton and Melinda Jones Garrett. They came to Dickens County in 1900 where Forrest and Mamie met and married March 2, 1913 in Tap, Texas. Mamie was 16 years old and Forrest was 20. They had a beautiful wedding in the home of John Stephens, a gospel minister.

Forrest and Mamie had a very good and interesting life together for 57 years. They celebrated their 50 th anniversary in 1963 with a reception at Dyess Tea Room in Spur, Texas. Two hundred and fifty guests signed the register. Forrest and Mamie lived on a farm and ranch in West End community until 1963 when they retired and moved to Spur. They were members of the Church of Christ at Highway Community and raised their four children in the church. Their children are Robbie Agnes , who married Jim Wyatt, and they raised four children, 3 boys and 1 girl. Harrison Garrett “Harry” married Bessie Lee Hendrix and they raised 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl. Sybil Delilah married Cecil Estep and they raised 3 boys and 1 girl. Forrest , Jr. married Iva Smith and they raised 3 girls.

Forrest Sr. was a member of the Woodmen of the World, and a 32 nd Degree Mason of the Masonic Lodge of Spur. He served many years as a school trustee for Highway School. He served on the Federal Land Bank Board and was an A.S.C.S. Committeeman of Spur. Mamie was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and worked many years in home demonstration work in Dickens County.

They were staunch supporters of the Red Mud Cemetery, where he served as Chairman for many years. They are both buried at Red Mud Cemetery. Forrest passed away September 26, 1970 in Spur; Mamie lived until April 16, 1984, at their home in Spur.

The farm and ranch where they raised their family is still owned and operated by the family.

They were “Pa” and “Gram” to 14 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.