Ernest Lee Martin, 87 – The Lawyer’s Messenger

Ernest Lee Martin, 87, of Danville, went to the Lord on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Born August 13, 1934 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late John Paul Martin and Ida Mae Martin and husband of 67 years to the love of his life, Ferne Carter Martin.
Ernest graduated from Hustonville High School, married his elementary school sweetheart, served two years in the US Army’s 11th Airborne Division, earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College, and received his Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has served as pastor for the Moreland Baptist Mission, Geneva Baptist Church, Benton Baptist Church, Eubank Baptist Church and for 31 years Calvary Baptist Church. After his Calvary retirement, he served as pastor for Junction City First Baptist Church for six years and then as interim pastor for several surrounding churches. At the time of his death he was a member of the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church.
In 1991, while serving at Calvary Baptist Church, he directed the founding of the Calvary Childcare Center. Five years later, in 1996, he founded Danville Christian Academy with his daughter Jill Robertson. Brother Martin’s dedication to sharing the gospel led to his founding of these two organizations and throughout his life.
Ernest was known for his heart for missionary work. Internationally, he took part in five mission trips to Russia, three to Africa and countless ones in the near and far surroundings.
Survivors include his 67-year-old wife, Ferne Carter Martin; two daughters: Joy (Butch) Chidester of Glasgow and Jill (John) Robertson of Danville; five grandchildren: Brittany (Nicholas) Durham of Bowling Green, Brandon (Kathryn) Chidester of Tennessee, John David (Laura) Robertson of Florida, Paul (Brooke) Robertson of North Carolina, and Elizabeth Robertson: educated at the University of Kentucky; 5 great-grandchildren: Henry and Jack Durham, Conner and Caroline Chidester, and Stella Robertson; and three sisters: Louise (Wayne) Atwood, Alice Young and Helen Parrass.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded by a brother, Donald Martin, and three sisters: Sylvia Linville, Mary Ann Cassidy, and Pearl Phelps. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at the Ernest Martin Warrior Complex, Danville Christian Academy, 2170 Shakertown Road, Danville, conducted by Pastor Basil Hall. Burial will be at Houstonville Cemetery.
The viewing will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., also at the Ernest Martin Warrior Complex.
The pallbearers will be Butch Chidester, Dr. John Robertson, Brandon Chidester, John David Robertson, Paul Carter Robertson and Nicholas Durham.
The family is soliciting memorial donations to Danville Christian Academy, 2170 Shakertown Rd., Danville; Calvary Childcare Center, 401 Waveland Ave.; Transfiguration Baptist Church in Oryol, Russia through Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, 339 W Lexington Ave.; and Centerpoint Church, 201 W Main St., all Danville, KY 40422. A guest book is available at www.wlpruitt.com.
WL Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of the preparations.

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