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SOL EDWARD MARTIN

August 22, 1937 November 3, 2016
SOL EDWARD MARTIN
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Sol Edward Martin was born August 22, 1937 to the late Prue and Birdie Scott Martin at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the oldest of two sons.

Sol grew up in Baltimore and Ellicott City, Maryland and was educated in the public school system of Howard County. He was a graduate of Harriet Tubman High School, where he found his love of music, first playing the drums in the high school band and later his favorite instrument, the bass guitar. He joined the Marine Corps after high school and was sent to Parris Island, South Carolina for boot camp. He was assigned to duty stations in Honolulu, Hawaii; San Diego, California; Suez Canal and Puerto Rico and he later received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps.

Sol continued his education at Catonsville Community College, earning a degree in computer science and later pursued a bachelor's degree in computer science at Coppin State University. He was employed in various sectors of the workforce, which included working at a paper factory, as a disk operating system (DOS) programmer at IBM, a computer program analyst at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a disk jockey known as 'Big Sol", a truck driver, at a sewage treatment facility and also a delivery business. Sol was also an accomplished, self-taught bass player and his talent ultimately landed him a spot as a backup bass player for James Brown, as well as other popular artists of the late sixties.

Sol entered into Holy Matrimony with Betty Wallace of Port Republic, Maryland and took her to be his helpmate and friend. They briefly lived in Port Republic, Maryland before making their permanent residence in Lusby, Maryland. Sol cherished his children, Regina Sollette, Ronald, Ronnetta and Arlene and treasured every minute he spent with them. He also held his extended family and friends dear to his heart.

Sol truly loved God and the word of God. He was baptized at an early age and raised in Whitestone Baptist Church, in Baltimore, Maryland where he was a junior usher and member of the choir. He later reestablished his personal relationship with God at Helping Hands Ministries under the leadership of Bishop Roger L. Tatuem in Churchville, Maryland. His final place of worship was Brooks United Methodist Church in St. Leonard, Maryland, where he served as a faithful member under the leadership of Pastor Jason L. Robinson. Sol's love for the church was evident. You could always find him on the end of the pew on the right side of the sanctuary, even if his wife had to work. He fondly talked of his church and enjoyed watching it grow. He was always proud when his children would visit and join him for Sunday morning service.

Sol's faith, grace and fortitude were remarkable, even during his failing health. He had a quiet calm and knew that his life was a journey with God. His journey on this side ended quietly on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Washington, D. C. surrounded by family. Sol was preceded in death by his only brother, Harold Prue Martin.

Sol leaves a legacy of cherished memories to: his wife, Betty Martin; daughters, Regina Sollette McCaskill, Ronnetta Martin and Arlene Stanton; son, Ronald Martin; son-in-law, Marcus McCaskill; stepson, Newell "Tank" Williams (Shauna); grandchildren, Raymir, Jakara, Jarmarcus, Amarie, Alaina, Kei-Shauna, Newvari and Newkai; mother in-law, Bertha Wallace; sisters in-law, Octavia Wallace and Gladys Jones (Francis); brothers- in-law: Jerome, Mark (Velvet), Francis (Claudette) and Michael Wallace; his favorite cousin who was like a sister, Marie Dingle; a favorite nephew, Andre Jones and a host of relatives and friends.

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Visitation

Tuesday

15

Nov

10:00 AM 11/15/2016 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/15/2016 11:00:00 AM
Brooks UM Church

5550 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685

Brooks UM Church
5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard 20685 MD
United States

Service

Tuesday

15

Nov

11:00 AM 11/15/2016 11:00:00 AM
Brooks UM Church

5550 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685

Brooks UM Church
5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard 20685 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Tuesday

15

Nov

2:30 PM 11/15/2016 2:30:00 PM
Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery

11301 Crain Highway
Cheltenham, MD 20623

Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery
11301 Crain Highway Cheltenham 20623 MD
United States
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