Martin Samuel Beatty, 79, of Romney, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Hampshire Center. Born November 19, 1937 in Culpeper, VA, he was the son of the late Raymond M. and Edith M. (Winsboro) Beatty. Besides his parents, Martin is preceded in death by his brother, Milton Beatty.
Martin is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda (Schmelzer) Beatty, two daughters; Sharon K. Hauser and husband Marc of Glen Burnie, MD and Karen J. Beatty-Smith of Olyphant, PA and three grandchildren; Jasmine Smith, James Beatty and Jon Beatty.
Martin was raised in Baltimore and graduated from Baltimore Poly Tech High School, class of 1956. After attending Kings College in Westchester, NY, Martin enlisted in the US Army (1958-1961) where he was stationed in the Philippines and Fort Meade, MD. He and Linda met in 1961 through a church function and in 1962 they were married in Linda’s home church in central Ohio. The young couple moved to Baltimore and eventually to Johnson City, NY where Martin attended Practical Bible Training School. After graduation, Martin became the Pastor of Twolick Regular Baptist Church in Dixonville, PA. They resided there for two years, eventually moving to Glen Burnie, MD in 1968. Over the next 35 years in Glen Burnie, Martin and Linda started their family.
The family attended Townsend Ave. Baptist Church where Martin served as a Deacon and Men’s Bible Class Teacher. He was also instrumental in helping to procure new pastors. There are many memories and fun trips back and forth to Linda’s parents house in Ohio during that time. After various jobs in and around Glen Burnie, Martin retired from the USPS in 2003. In 2002 Martin and Linda bought property in Romney because he knew once he retired he was moving to the mountains. He enjoyed the area and loved his church home very much. Martin was very sure in his salvation. He served as a member and Deacon at Romney First Baptist Church. Martin enjoyed the Baltimore sports teams; Ravens, Orioles, and the Colts (before they skipped town). He was a devoted family man who loved traveling, camping, and road trips. Martin will surely be missed by friends and family.
Friends will be received Monday, October 30, 2017 from 11:00 AM till 12:00 Noon at Romney First Baptist Church. Services will follow at 12:00 Noon with Rev. Steven L. Wilson officiating and honors accorded by the US Army. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: The Gideons International ~ P.O. Box 140800 ~ Nashville, TN 37214-0800 / (615) 564-5000 / www.gideons.org
Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511