ForeverMissed
 On May 23rd, 2021, Patrick Lee Martin was welcomed to Heaven following a long battle with Lewy Body disease. While his family surrounded him at home in Birmingham, AL, they released him to the waiting souls of his adored wife Linda Marcella, his sister, Marjory “Mike” Martin, parents, Jack, Polly and Barbara Martin and dear friend Crystal Williams as well as numerous loved family and friends.

 Surviving family include his wife, companion and partner in all things of 32 years, Teri (Bruce) Martin, the children of his heart, his sons, Steven Kuchman (Destini), Rick Roberts (Mary) and Clem Bell, daughters Rhonda Marcella Sterbonic, Melissa Mosby Smith, Patrice Michelle Clifton (Jack). Linsey Michelle Johnson (Ryan) and Ashley Elizabeth Lacy, his sisters Lisa Ferguson and Cheryl Anne Mihoch, Grandchildren, Mark (Andy), Cory, Sawyer Roberts and Austin Woods, Donovan Willerson, Lindsey Summers, Dakota Smith, Chloe and Trevyn Smith, Jace, Brady and Austin Johnson, Jasmyn Kuchman and Grayson Lacy as well as numerous and dear great grands, nieces and nephews and a very special young woman always close to his heart!

 Patrick was born in Memphis, TN on July 9th, 1942. He attended Hume’s High School and owned and operated several businesses including restaurants, card rooms and Electro Bake Auto Painting finishing his career as truck transport Owner Operator. He began working for Darryl Starbird in the Custom Car Industry in 1960 and continued as a judge, manager and announcer for venues such as Super Chevy, ISCA and Fun Ford Weekend until his retirement in 2016. He customized and owned several award-winning vehicles.

 His stature as a man and a Christian were renown. He promoted Racers for Christ and served in Church of the Highlands, dedicating time to various charitable organizations. Never did anyone want for anything around him. His love of people, humor and generosity were not only well known but felt by all who encountered him. From bringing home those in need, to being a father to neighborhood children and feeding people on the streets like they were his own, he enveloped people with his very own gruff and steady brand of love. He considered everyone he met family. A deep and profound void will be felt by all who knew him.

 In accordance with his wishes, no services will follow. His deepest wish was to be remembered as he lived, not as he died. He asks thatany commemorations be made to the Lewy Body Foundation (Donate - Lewy Body Dementia Association (lbda.org)), Cystic Fibrosis Research (CFF) or to his favorite children’s charity, St Jude’s (St. Judes).


        " Our deepest appreciation for the caregivers, Affinity Hospice, the nurses, doctors and caregivers and those that made such a difficult time  easier to bare.  Blessings to them and especially to Athena, Shannon, Orlando' Eric and Amanda."


Posted by Teri Martin on April 22, 2022
Just missing you today! I am so grateful for our time and how connected we were! You were absolutely right about everything! Thank you for the gift of knowing me, loving me and preparing me for what was coming! I now know exactly what it meant for you to love Linda and still have room for me! I will love you always!
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on April 17, 2022
Happy Heavenly Easter Daddy! We are missing you so much! We will never stop loving and missing you!
Posted by Patrice Clifton on April 12, 2022
Dad I miss you! I am so truly upset with myself for not visiting you more in the last years of your life! I now wish that I had! You were such an amazing man and father. I know we had our differences dad but you were still the world to me. I don't know if you really knew that. I got my stubbornness from you and well...But now there are so many things I wish I had told you. There are so many talks that I wish we had shared. I wish that I had called more, been then more. Now I just wish I still could. You were a wonderful father. A wonderful person. You brought joy and laughter to the lives of so many. Your "car show" family is so big. That's a lot of people that had the pleasure and maybe sometimes, the pain of being apart of you. I'm sure they miss you too. Life just isn't the same without you. There are no more group phone calls with us all, like there were when you were here. I'm sure the girls are having a time adjusting to life without you. I know Marcy is. She is trying to hold us all together but your shoes are to fill. So days just go by and time just goes on. You were the family of this family and now it feels like there isn't one. I wish you could talk to me and explain this new life to me because I certainly don't understand it. I do know with every passing day it brings me one more day closer to being reunited with you. That day is one I long for with all my heart! I love you dad! I don't like this life without you. I miss you so much! I hope you hear me talking to you. I talk to you all the time. I'm waiting to hear you talk back!







Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on March 24, 2022
10 months yesterday since you went to your Heavenly home. I love and miss you so much! There is such a void without you!
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on February 19, 2022
I love you Daddy! It has been almost 9 months since you went to your Heavenly home. I miss you now and will miss you forever!
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on January 23, 2022
World of wheels is coming up and you remain in my thoughts! Still missing you so very much! I love you love you always and forever! Will see you again one day.
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on December 28, 2021
Christmas was not the same without you! We miss you so much! I love you! It is almost a new year. Hard to believe you have been gone 7 months! We will all be together one day. Until then you keep shining down on us from Heaven and watching over us. Love you love you!
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on December 21, 2021
It is now Christmas and I am still missing you so very much Daddy! Not a day goes by that I don't reach for the phone to call you or wait on a call from you with your "Is that right". We are all doing ok all things considered. We buried you with Momma so y'all are truly together forever. I love you ❤ forever and always! Merry Christmas to you and Momma in Heaven. Love you love you.
Posted by Patrice Clifton on November 25, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving dad! I wish you were here with us. I miss you so much! It seems like you've been gone for, forever. I hope you are enjoying your heaven Thanksgiving! I love you so much!
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on November 25, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving my precious Daddy in Heaven. I love you! I miss you!
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on October 31, 2021
You don't have to be sad missing Momma this October because you are with her.I love and miss you so very much! Until I see you again you will ALWAYS be in my heart. Love you love you.
Posted by Patrice Clifton on October 10, 2021
It seems like forever ago since you left us, but the pain is just as bad as if it were only yesterday! So much had happened in my life and I can't believe you aren't here for me to talk to you. You will always be my hero dad!! You were my superman! I always thought you were invincible, it pains me to see that I was wrong! I know you're happy now dad!! No more pain. No more suffering! I can just see you mom, ammd
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on October 7, 2021
We are in October and you do not have to be sad because you are with Momma now. I miss you both so much!! Life is not the same without you Daddy! Such a huge void! I love you! I will see you again one day.❤
Posted by Patrice Clifton on August 20, 2021
I miss you so much dad! I am glad you aren't suffering any more, but I still wish you were here! I'd give anything to hear your voice just one more time! I know you are at peace and that gives me comfort. Yet I still just want you here! I love you so much!!
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on August 1, 2021
I miss you so much! I reach for my phone many times a day to call you. I wait over and over for you to call me. But I know that is never going to happen again. Life is so different without you! You were the glue to our family and the glue is gone. Know that we are all hanging in there but we feel such a great loss without you. I will see you again one day. I will love and miss you forever. You were my life! My rock! My everything!
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on July 9, 2021
Happy Birthday Daddy! I hope you and Momma are celebrating together along with so many more! I miss you so very much! I will see you again one day. I love you love you! Forever and ever and ever!
Posted by Teri Martin on July 9, 2021
Happy Birthday and Anniversary. I know you are celebrating with the angels... I love you, my husband... always, ALL ways...
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on July 1, 2021
Happy 4th Daddy. We will miss hearing you say ooh ahh ooh ahh. I love and miss you every minute of everyday! I know you are shining down on me. You are gone but definitely not forgotten. Tell Momma we love her and we will see you both one day. Life without you is tough but know that we are all getting by. Love you love you.
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on June 18, 2021
Happy Father's day to my dear Daddy in Heaven. I know that you, Momma, Aunt Mike, Crystal and many others are up there rejoicing and looking down on us! I miss you from the bottom of my broken heart! I love you ❤ from here to eternity! Life will never be the same without you!
Posted by Teri Martin on June 11, 2021
I love you, my husband... always, ALL ways...
Posted by GEORGE KLASS on June 6, 2021
I will always remember the fun we had together, the late dinners after a FFW event, and hanging with you at the track in the announcer's booth. Those were good times for sure...
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on June 5, 2021
I will miss you forever my precious Daddy. You are in Heaven now with Mother, Crystal , Aunt Mike and many many more. No more suffering. I will hold you in my heart forever. You were my rock. I will see you again one day. R.I.P. I love you.
Posted by Mary Roberts on June 4, 2021
Pat Martin was an amazing man and father in law. We will miss him so very much. ❤️
Posted by Wally Bell on June 4, 2021
Pat, You’ll not be forgotten. R.I.P.

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Posted by Teri Martin on April 22, 2022
Just missing you today! I am so grateful for our time and how connected we were! You were absolutely right about everything! Thank you for the gift of knowing me, loving me and preparing me for what was coming! I now know exactly what it meant for you to love Linda and still have room for me! I will love you always!
Posted by Marcy Sterbonic on April 17, 2022
Happy Heavenly Easter Daddy! We are missing you so much! We will never stop loving and missing you!
Posted by Patrice Clifton on April 12, 2022
Dad I miss you! I am so truly upset with myself for not visiting you more in the last years of your life! I now wish that I had! You were such an amazing man and father. I know we had our differences dad but you were still the world to me. I don't know if you really knew that. I got my stubbornness from you and well...But now there are so many things I wish I had told you. There are so many talks that I wish we had shared. I wish that I had called more, been then more. Now I just wish I still could. You were a wonderful father. A wonderful person. You brought joy and laughter to the lives of so many. Your "car show" family is so big. That's a lot of people that had the pleasure and maybe sometimes, the pain of being apart of you. I'm sure they miss you too. Life just isn't the same without you. There are no more group phone calls with us all, like there were when you were here. I'm sure the girls are having a time adjusting to life without you. I know Marcy is. She is trying to hold us all together but your shoes are to fill. So days just go by and time just goes on. You were the family of this family and now it feels like there isn't one. I wish you could talk to me and explain this new life to me because I certainly don't understand it. I do know with every passing day it brings me one more day closer to being reunited with you. That day is one I long for with all my heart! I love you dad! I don't like this life without you. I miss you so much! I hope you hear me talking to you. I talk to you all the time. I'm waiting to hear you talk back!







Recent stories
Shared by Teri Martin on October 8, 2021
The last conscious thing Patrick did was show his love for me...
I came out of the bedroom the last morning he communicated  and Patrick was sitting in his recliner.  He had the most content smile and held his hand out to me. I took his hand and said " Sweetheart, what are you thinking?"
Patrick " How much I love you"
Me " Baby, do you know who I am?"
Patrick " It doesn't matter.. I  just know I love you!!"
He stopped talking and eating after that. 
This was the absolutely sweetest, most beautiful way he could have shown the depth of his love... It truly mattered that beyond his disease, he knew right to the end how much he loved me!!!
I will never be able to express just how deeply and totally I love you, Patrick!! Thank you for showing me!