Dr. George D. Martin

September 11, 2012
Dr. George D. Martin


Dr. George Davis Martin, Jr., 64, of Wilmington, N.C. fondly nicknamed “Doc Wobblin” passed away suddenly, Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany to George Davis and June Anderson Martin, Dr. Martin grew up in Rumson, NJ and Towson, MD. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he earned a Bronze Star while serving in the Army in Vietnam, and then went on to the Pennsylvania School of Optometry. He started his practice in Huntersville and opened multiple Carolina Eye Care offices in the Charlotte area before relocating in 1995 to The Eye Care Center of Wilmington, NC. He retired in 2009 and enjoyed living his dream of traveling this country with his wife and friend Joanie D., their four legged “kids”; shelties, Harley Girl, Blu Boy and Beemer along with their feathered friends of 15 years, Ruby, Sugar, Ruby and Tonto.

George embraced life each day with zeal, had a quick wit and was always planning his next adventure. He grew up sailing and much of his life revolved around water activities. He established a love of motorcycling and became an avid long distance rider, highlighted by a ride from North Carolina to Alaska. George was an active participant in Rolling Thunder, a group dedicated to bringing home all American Prisoners of War and those Missing In Action, the Southern Cruisers who support St. Jude as well as the Carolina Coast Harley Davidson Chapter of Wilmington who support Toys For Tots and The Red Knights, (343 ride) honoring the firefighters who gave their lives in the 911 tragedy. In addition “Doc” participated in Angie’s Amazing Race” for cancer research and support held annually at Britt Motorsport who constantly advocates the causes of our community. A champion for those in need, he eagerly gave his heart and knowledge to his to patients whom became family to him. He worked in numerous events and activities to help his community and was a member of the Law Enforcement Center. As a Master shooter and a passionate proponent of gun safety, George routinely won target shooting competitions in his travels. George exhibited his love of family and a proud Patriotism for God and Country in everything he did.

He is survived by his wife, Joanie D. Martin; son, Lieutenant Commander Joshua G. Martin, USN; daughter Alyssa Martin Horne, son in law Matthew and grandchildren Caleb and Katrina; sister Lee A. Martin (Farmer); nephew Brian Farmer and wife Meredith; nephew Daniel Farmer and wife Jessica; many cousins; and countless friends.

Please come and join us in honoring his life at 6pm on September 22, 2012 at Britt Motorsports, 6341 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28405. There will be an Honor ride at the conclusion of the service lead by the Patriot Honor Guard. All motorcycle riders are encouraged to participate in the precession to bring him home. “Doc Wobblins” motto was (TAG TAB ) Today is a gift and Tomorrow is a Blessing.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in his honor to Rolling Thunder Chapter 3, The Christian Motorcycle Association and the Wilmington Chapter of the Red Knight in care of Britt Motorsports. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for all the love and support.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • September 21, 2012
    Dorothy Conway & Tom Bowers says:
    Dear Mrs. Martin and family, We are so sorry to hear about George's passing. We had the pleasure of meeting him in person several years back, before he retired when we were on an extended road trip. He was a lot of fun. We met him through his love of firearms, he used to post on our website www.subguns.com from time to time. We also had the pleasure of getting to know him better through a couple of phone calls and through email. We were included on his email joke list every once in a while. He was a good man and he cared a great deal about all of you. He would speak fondly of you all. George will be missed by a lot of us. Our deepest sympathies on your loss. Sincerely, Dorothy Conway & Tom Bowers

  • September 18, 2012
    Jenny & Skip Crone says:
    We will truely miss not having George in our lives. He was a great friend and a wealth of information. He was always there with a helping hand and good humor. He was always good for a laugh to brighten your day. Our sincere condolences are extended to Joanie ,Family and the huge circle of friends he amassed over his all too short lifetime. Godspeed on all your future adventures. You are missed. Jenny & Skip Crone

  • September 18, 2012
    Bob and Mary Tatum says:
    There are no words that will help to ease your tragic loss at this time. But know that we all loved George and we will be there for Joanie. We are sorry for the loss of this man, father, husband and brother. Bob and Mary Tatum

  • September 18, 2012
    dorothy spell says:
    I am sorry to hear of your loss may god bless you in this time loss dorothy spell

  • September 18, 2012
    Tracy Festa says:
    Joanie I cannot tell u how sorry I am. U r in my daily prayers and please dont hesitate to call if u need anything. George was loved by so many and so r u. Just a phone call away girlie. 9106167778. love u huge.