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 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."


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May 23
Well it has been 3 years today since you went to your Heavenly home! I miss you now and forever! I love you dearly! I will see you one day!
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May 23
I can't believe it's been 3 long years since you left us. It feels like an eternity! Life is going on here. Life of some sort. The family isn't really together anymore without you. We are all struggling along I guess. I miss you dad. I really, really miss you! I love you more than words can say!!
January 15
January 15
Dad you've been on my mind so much lately! I just wanted to tell you I miss you and I love you ever so much!!! I can't wait to see you again! I'm so sorry I wasted so many years not seeing you, when I could have. We will be together again one day. I love you dad! I love you......
January 5
January 5
Daddy, I have not been on here in awhile but I love and miss you so very much! We just went through Christmas and New Year. It is coming up on 3 years since you went to your Heavenly home! I will never stop missing you! Until we meet again....
July 11, 2023
July 11, 2023
It is still harder than I thought. Couldn't come here for a few days. I miss you and was so very blessed to have had you for so long! I understand now exactly how much being able to share with me your memories of life with Linda meant to you! Love you always, all ways...
July 9, 2023
July 9, 2023
Happy Heavenly birthday Daddy. I love and miss you still and will never stop loving and missing you! Love you love you
June 25, 2023
June 25, 2023
I love you Daddy! I had a birthday and I really missed getting my card from you! I will never forget you or Mother! Until we meet again.....
May 23, 2023
May 23, 2023
I feel like I have lived a thousand lifetimes. Thank you for loving me, for giving me 32 glorious years and for teaching me to live again.
May 23, 2023
May 23, 2023
Well Daddy, it has now been 2 years since you went to your Heavenly home. I miss you so very much! Things are not the same without you! You were the glue to this family but we are all getting by ok all things considered! I will love and miss you forever! Until we meet again....❤
February 21, 2023
February 21, 2023
Dad, I miss you so much!!! I just wish you were here with us!! I love you!!❤
February 3, 2023
February 3, 2023
Well it made me quit writing. I guess I ran out of space. Me and my rambling! I don't mean to, but I do. You know I do. I feel like these post are a post office for heaven. Like if I "talk" to you here through these letters, that they go straight up there to you. And dad I do know better, but if you can look down here on all of us, please don't be too terribly disappointed by me. I'm sorry dad. I should have listened more and talked less! Maybe should have made some better decisions. Maybe should have done some things differently. I don't have a bad life daddy, I just know it probably isn't the life you would have chosen for me. I think I could barely make you happy in life, my stars if you are looking down, look away from me! I love you so very much! And I miss you so much!! It's breathtaking to even entertain the idea that you could look down on us! Yes, that idea certainly takes my very breath away!! Anyway dad. I hope you and mom had a great time yesterday celebrating her birthday! Y'al are together now. And Aunt Mike and Redd Dawgs too! I know it was a great day! I just miss you so much. I love you so much I need you so much. Have another wonderful day dad! Kiss mom, Aunt Mike and Redd for me. I love you!❤
Boogins- remember- Every breath you take, I'll be watching you.
It's somewhat, maybe a touch, haunting
February 3, 2023
February 3, 2023
I miss you dad, so very much!! They say you don't know what you have, until it's gone. You are gone and I think of all the years I went without seeing you, how regretful I am!! I'd give anything to even just talk to you one more time on the phone!! ANYTHING!!! I wish you were still here with us! I spent all day yesterday thinking about you and mother. I know that y'all are in heaven so my vision is unrealistic, but... I could just see you and mom, roses in the vase, a big beautiful cake, but with not too many candles! A nice gift that you brought in with the cake and roses! Oh, what a happy day!!! We were there with you two in some of my "day dreams" all of us, laughing and celebrating mother's birthday!! But for now, you are there and we are here, and I just don't like this one bit dad!! I miss you so much some days I think my heart will surely break in two! Neither one of the girls called to remind me, not that I needed reminding, that yesterday was mom's birthday. It was truly odd. It's usually Marcy that calls to remind me. But not this year. You are gone and I guess we really are too. It's sad. I guess Marcy was right, you were the glue that held us all together and now we are all so very much a part! We barely text each other, much less actually talk on the phone with one another. You were the start of all those calls. One of us trying to get you and getting you and each other also!! Those were the days. And those days are gone, gone just like you! I'm selfish dad!! I want you here with me!! I want to hear your voice. You laughing about something on the TV. Playing cards with you. Eating all that great food you cooked. Eating all the delicious things you created out of left overs! I don't even know how long you cook an egg, but my dad can make something great out of nothing at all!!
January 23, 2023
January 23, 2023
Well today marks 1 year and 8 months since you went to your Heavenly home. It is still so hard without you Daddy! I love you and will see you one day!
January 1, 2023
January 1, 2023
Happy New Year in Heaven Daddy. I love you and miss you so much!
December 23, 2022
December 23, 2022
Well Daddy, Christmas will be here in 2 days and I sure am missing you! We attended the Christmas service Sunday and it is still not the same without you! I love and miss you so very much! Love you love you. Until we meet again.....
November 24, 2022
November 24, 2022
Happy Thanksgiving in Heaven my dear Daddy! I love you and miss you each and every day!
October 28, 2022
October 28, 2022
I love you Daddy! Tomorrow marks 50 years since Mother passed away. I am glad you are both together even though I had rather you be here! I miss you so very much! I will never quit missing you!! Love you love you. Always and forever!!
July 10, 2022
July 10, 2022
Hi dad. Today is your earthly 80 birthday. But guess what? It wasn't one more year we could celebrate you, with you. Yet I am so very thankful for all the years that we did get to celebrate one more year of your life! It's not getting any easier dad, missing you and wishing you were still here with us. I was kinda hoping by now it would. I remember when Aunt Mike passed and I just knew I would never get easier, but it has. It took so very long for it to happen though. And you, you are my dad, my hero, my everything!! So I can only imagine how long it will take just for it to be a little easier. I may join you in heaven before then! I do know one thing, God does make it better eventually. In the mean time I will be here missing you and loving you until the time God sees fit to join us all together again! Life is so strange without you here. Nothing seems worth doing, because you aren't here to congratulate the victories, or sooth the failures. I feel like life is just another day after another day with no real living happening. If by chance something good does happen it makes me sad because I can't share it with you!! Life just does not seem worth living without you in it! So if you are watching down from heaven, please don't be too disappointed! I am having a very hard time trying to live my life, without you!! Happy birthday my wonderful father!! I hope you know how much you are loved and missed!!
July 9, 2022
July 9, 2022
Happy anniversary and birthday! Every minute was worth it!

Thank you.
July 9, 2022
July 9, 2022
Happy Heavenly birthday Daddy. You would be 80 today. I always thought you would live forever but I was wrong! I love and miss you more than I can say! I will see you and Mother one day. ❤
July 4, 2022
July 4, 2022
Well another 4th of July without you. Just wondering if the grief of losing you will ever get easier! I love and miss you so much! Forever and always! Love you love you
June 19, 2022
June 19, 2022
Happy Heavenly Father's Day Daddy. I still love and miss you so very much! One day your family will all be up there with you! ❤
May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022
Today marks a year since you went to your Heavenly home. I still miss you so very much! It is just not the same without you even though I know you are in a better place. I love you with all my Heart and will love you until we are together again! Love you love you Daddy.❤❤❤
May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022
Hi dad. Well today marks the one year anniversary of your passing. It seems longer. Like a whole lifetime since you've been gone! I miss you so much! I wish you were here with me. It's so strange when I pick up the phone to call you and then remember that you're not here! Life is just not the same! I go through the motions of life, but living it, really doesn't exsist anymore. Without you what is the point? I love you so much dad! I can't wait to see you again!
May 22, 2022
May 22, 2022
Even though today's date is one day early, I measure your passing by the days and what happened on your last Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and especially today, Sunday...

I was alone by now, the house empty, a strange silence after the years of chaos in Lewy Hell... echoes of us.

Today was the day I whispered over and over "I love you so much. I will be fine. You can go..."
May 22, 2022
May 22, 2022
I have not posted on thus site, not because I have nothing to say about my daddy, but because there are no words to describe my grief for the greatest man in my life. Tomorrow will be one year and it still feels like yesterday. I love you love you daddy. You will always be my hero.
April 22, 2022
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!
April 17, 2022
April 17, 2022
Happy Heavenly Easter Daddy! We are missing you so much! We will never stop loving and missing you!
April 12, 2022
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!







March 24, 2022
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!
February 19, 2022
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!
January 23, 2022
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.
December 28, 2021
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!
December 21, 2021
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.
November 25, 2021
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!
November 25, 2021
November 25, 2021
Happy Thanksgiving my precious Daddy in Heaven. I love you! I miss you!
October 31, 2021
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.
October 10, 2021
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
October 7, 2021
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.❤
August 20, 2021
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!!
August 1, 2021
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!
July 9, 2021
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!
July 9, 2021
July 9, 2021
Happy Birthday and Anniversary. I know you are celebrating with the angels... I love you, my husband... always, ALL ways...
July 1, 2021
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.
June 18, 2021
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!
June 11, 2021
June 11, 2021
I love you, my husband... always, ALL ways...
June 6, 2021
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...
June 5, 2021
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.
June 4, 2021
June 4, 2021
Pat Martin was an amazing man and father in law. We will miss him so very much. ❤️

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May 23
Well it has been 3 years today since you went to your Heavenly home! I miss you now and forever! I love you dearly! I will see you one day!
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May 23
I can't believe it's been 3 long years since you left us. It feels like an eternity! Life is going on here. Life of some sort. The family isn't really together anymore without you. We are all struggling along I guess. I miss you dad. I really, really miss you! I love you more than words can say!!
January 15
January 15
Dad you've been on my mind so much lately! I just wanted to tell you I miss you and I love you ever so much!!! I can't wait to see you again! I'm so sorry I wasted so many years not seeing you, when I could have. We will be together again one day. I love you dad! I love you......
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July 9, 2023
Happy Birthday Dad!! I just wanted to say that you are missed so very badly!! I miss you every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day!! I wish you were here dad, or that I were there. I love you so much! I miss you so much! Love you, love you.....
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!

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