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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  • September 18, 2012
    Dr. Jim & Susan Hicks says:
    Our prayers are with you Joanie. We were just getting to know George and appreciate his friendship. We will certainly miss him around Sycamore Lodge RV Resort. We pray Jesus will infold you in His arms and carry you through this difficult time.

  • September 19, 2012
    Pat Tillery says:
    Dr. Martin took care of my eyes for years.. I enjoyed hearing about his motorcycle rides and how much he loved his family. I was happy and sad when he retired. I didn't want to lose a wonderful Doctor, but was happy he was able to spend more time with his family. God Bless you.. I will miss him.

  • September 19, 2012
    Paul and Toby Farrow says:
    So sorry for you loss. George was a great person and will be missed by many. Remember all the great times shared and all the love he showed. We will continue to pray for God to wrap his arms around you and give you comfort and strength. We love you Paul and Toby Farrow

  • September 16, 2012
    Pastor Gene says:
    Dearest Joanie, Through this time I want you to know you and the rest of George's family are in our thoughts and prayers. Although it is difficult today to look beyond your sorrow, I pray looking back in memory will help you in the days to come. Yes death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal! And yes, George was loved by many and will be remembered and missed and as I write these words to you, I know Doc is now dancing in the presence of our Lord and one day we will be with him again..... God Bless, Pastor Gene The Country Camping Chapel at Sycamore Lodge God loves you and so do I!

  • September 19, 2012
    Sharon Williams says:
    Heartfelt sympathies to Joanie D and Doc's family. May you find peace and comfort during this trying time. Godspeed, my friend! I love you, Mrs. Joanie D.!!