WILMINGTON — John Lee Martin, 85 of Wilmington, NC and formerly of Alexandria, VA passed away at his home on January 18, 2022. John was the only child of the late Hampton and Nettie Margarette Martin, born on August 19, 1936, in Narrows, VA. At the young age of 19 John left his small town in Narrows to begin work with what is now United Airlines after reading a job listing in his local paper. He spent 30 plus years with United mostly working out of Regan National Airport. John was very proud to have served as a tank commander in the U.S. Army from 1958-1965.
John was a local sports fan, enjoying the Washington Nationals, Wizards and Redskins. He was a coach for youth baseball and spent many days in the backyard with his kids playing ball, a passion that has continued to be down through future generations by his kids. He also never saw a Western he didn’t want to see again, again and again. John also enjoyed a good game of Rummy and Rook.
He is survived by his wife, June; his children, Leslie and her husband, Kirk Mason and Lee and his wife Megan Martin both of Wilmington; seven grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
A funeral service will be held for John on Monday, January 24, 2022, at 3:30pm pm at the Andrews Mortuary, Market St. Chapel, 1617 Market Street. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charity in John’s honor.