|Obey E. Martin|
Obey E. Martin was, the youngest son of the late Wilson and Janie Ham Martin, was born in Darlington County. The Gospel Legend, affectionately know as 0. E. Martin, felt the hand of God and was called home to glory on January 24, 2001, in Carolina Hospital System In Florence, South Carolina after a brief illness.
He educated from the Darlington County public schools. He further pursued his educational career at Florence-Darlington and Denmark Technical schools where he received certificates in Electrical Engineering and Communication.
O. E. was a life member of Shiloh United Methodist Church. He served faithfully as a member of the Bible Study Class and member of the United Methodist Men. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army.
0. E. was a devoted and conscientious husband and father. 0. E. was very active in the community. He was a member of the Pee Dee Golf Association. Throughout his lifetime he has witnessed both the church and gospel music take new directions with new attitudes towards uplifting God.
0. E. began his 43 years - radio career at WYNN in Florence, South Carolina. Later, he became the Gospel Music Director and Public Service Director at WWDM in Sumter and Columbia, South Carolina. He served in these positions for 28 years. 0. E., though not a man of the cloth, sees himself as clothed in the spirit of a "different drummer" who beckons others to follow, and they do. His Morning Inspiration radio program became synonymous with the best in gospel music. Followers of 0. E. Martinís dynamic radio leadership believe that if there is a better way Morning Inspiration will lead you to it. Judging from fan mail and surveys from listeners, 0. E. Martin is considered the Gospel Voice of South Carolina.
Those who shared the joys of life with him and survive to cherish his memory are: his loving and devoted family: wife, Mrs. Rosetta Harris Martin; four sons: Obey, Jr. (Tarsha) Martin, Corenthious Mark Martin, Josepher (Latoya) Martin all of Timmonsville, SC and Melvin (Tracy) Johnson of Petersburg, VA.; a daughter, Mrs. Fentress (Charles) Jones of District Heights, MD; five grandsons: Chris, Charles, Jr., Montez, Melvin, Jr. and Jalen; five granddaughters: Angela, Tameka, Shayondra, Jasmine and Brianna; two great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Beulah Byrd Martin and Mrs. Loner Martin of Timmonsville: several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.