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Lanneau "Buddy" James Martin
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name specifically earmarked for Pancreatic Cancer Research to
  • The Sidney Kimmel
    750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1700
    Baltimore, MD 21202

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“So very sorry Courtney. ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Sherri Dangerfield - Charleston, SC

“Buddy was always a fun-loving and outgoing person, and lived life to the fullest. It was never dull when he was around. I believe that all of his...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Cecelia Brown - Hartsville, SC

“Going to miss my friend ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Hugh Williams - Charleston, SC

“I will miss Buddy. He was always a friend. I pray for comfort for his family and friends. I am sure I will miss him. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Marvin Phillip Humbert - SC

“Please accept my condolences for you loss. I love you all and have you in my prayers and thoughts. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Katherine Abel - Charleston, SC

“Love you Buddy! I miss you so much already. You will forever be in my life! Thank you for always being there for me. My prayers and heart go out to...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Stallings - Summerville, SC

“You are always with us Buddy! I vow to talk with Truluck about you everyday; he loves you so. I didn't know missing you would ever be like this and...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Jaime Lyn Atkinson - SC

“Buddy and I were only 18 months apart. While he loved getting into mischief as we were growing up; as an adult he was someone I could always count on...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Ann G. Smith - Moncks Corner

“MY DEEPEST HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES AND LOVE GO OUT TO YOU JANICE, VICTORIA, COURTNEY,SARAH, CAROLINE ,TRULUCK AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY I HAD THE PLEASURE...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: RICHARD SMITH - JOHNS ISLAND, SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. I know you will be watching over your children and grandchildren from Heaven. May God's...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Melissa Stallings - Summerville, SC

“My thoughts, prayers, and love goes out to the the Martin family. The was great man, and loving father. God bless all of you. Love - Matthew Asher ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Matthew Asher - North Charleston, SC

“No beauty shines brighter than a good HEART That in deed Buddy had for his family, friends and even a stranger . My thoughts and prayers to Janice,...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Kimberly Whelpley - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Buddy very well from our family reunions and other gatherings. He was always fun to be around. My thoughts...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Tara Page Parks - Holly Springs, NC

“Dad you are an amazing father that I love so much! Thank you for all your love and support. Thank you for always challenging me to do my best at...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Victoria Stefanie English - FL

“Love you Buddy. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Billy Hall - Sumter, SC - friend


Lanneau "Buddy" James Martin, 73, of Charleston, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Monday, May 7, 2018. His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Fort Johnson Baptist Church, 1473 Camp Road at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends in the church Fellowship Hall following the service. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL.

Buddy Martin was born August 22, 1944 in Florence, South Carolina. He is the son of the late Lanneau James Martin and Edith Dew Martin. He graduated from Carlisle Military Academy, where he excelled and lettered in every sport he tried. Buddy was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War, but thankfully the conflict ended before he was deployed.

Once he got out of the service, Buddy worked for Seaboard Coast Railroad Line. He then became an entrepreneur when he started and successfully ran two service stations - one in South Windermere and one on Dorchester Road - before purchasing Azalea Motors on Azalea Dr. He later moved Azalea Motors to Dorchester Road and Savannah Hwy in Charleston, SC.

Buddy worked hard and became the premier Corvette expert in the area, with dealerships far and wide seeking his wealth of knowledge and inventory of this classic car. Azalea Motors grew into his most successful business and is now located on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston, SC. Buddy knew how to make something big out of something small, whether it was a small business he grew successfully or a family filled with love.

He also loved tennis, boating, the beach, and to travel with his family. He had a green thumb and could grow anything, so many of his homes boasted successful gardens for everyone to enjoy. He led a happy, fun and exciting life. His legacy shall always be remembered by the love he gave, the family he created, and the lives that he changed along the way.

Buddy is survived by his five children: Victoria English of Melbourne, FL, Courtney M. Martin, Sarah Frances Martin, Caroline Lanneau Martin, and Truluck Atkinson-Martin all of Charleston, SC. He is also survived by his grandchildren Natalia English, Nadia English, and Hudson Cooper Martin Crocker, his sister, Frances Fernald of Cocoa Beach, FL, former spouse Janice K. Martin of Charleston, SC, former spouse Myrtle Collins of Mullins, SC, and many cousins, extended family, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name specifically earmarked for Pancreatic Cancer Research to The Sidney Kimmel at 750 East Pratt St., Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202.