Charles Ray Martin
“Chuck” Martin, of Conroe, Texas, passed away in his sleep the morning of December 13, 2017. He was a long time resident of the Lake Forest Falls community, west of Conroe, Texas. He was the third of four sons born to James M. Martin and Annie Ray Armstrong Martin, and was born in Houston, Texas on December 23, 1923. A graduate of Pasadena High School (1941), he attended Texas Christian University on scholarship for one year prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1942. During the war, he was fortunate to serve his military career stateside serving primarily with the signal corps. He often quipped about his time in “The Islands” – Manhattan, Staten and Coney” – while serving as sports editor for the “Fort Monmouth Message.” While the pun is indicative of his humorous nature, he held those that served in battle to the highest esteem throughout his life.
Following his military service, Chuck returned to the Houston area (Baytown) in 1947 where he met his soul mate, Carolyn Peddycord. They were married for 57 years prior to her passing in 2005. From the marriage, they have four children, Stan, Pat, Rene’ & Hank. During his work career, Chuck was predominately employed in outside sales in the paper supply industry, working for International Paper, Houston Paper Co., and other product manufacturers. For Clevepack, a folding box producer, he long held the account for Foley’s Department Store (now Macy’s), selling the green gift boxes that longtime Houston natives will remember wrapping for Christmas. After the opening of the Galleria, Houstonians of the 1970’s will have the visual remembrance of Chuck as the Skating Santa Claus throughout the decade and into the 80’s. He also appeared on ice as the Easter Bunny, Frosty the Snowman, the Cookie Monster and many other characters, all in costumes created by Carolyn. This was a joint volunteer activity that brought great joy to little Galleria shopper’s.
As a craftsman, Chuck’s hobby was woodworking. Throughout his later life, he could be found in this workshop making anything from trinkets to fine furniture. Whether blanketed in sawdust or covered with stain, his talent was evident to those that saw him as he worked. Many pieces that he made are enduring heirlooms to all of the family and friends who have received his works of art.
In passing, he is preceded in death by his father, James; mother, Annie Ray; and his brothers, James and Horace (Pete) Martin. He is survived by his brother Lamar of Houston, Texas; sons, Stan Martin and wife Sue of Bracketville, Texas; Steve (Pat) Martin and wife Shirley of the Woodlands, Texas; Hank Martin of Conroe, Texas; and daughter, Rene’ Lake and husband Bill of Monroe, Georgia. His survivors include grandchildren: Carolyn Aday and husband Jim, Sara Krahulec and husband Chris, Patty Riley and husband Scott, and Adam Martin and wife Jennifer; and twelve great-grandchildren – Joshua, James, Abigail, Luke, Ethan, Annie, Nathan, Rachel, Everett, twins Emma and Natalie, and Ryan plus numerous nephews and nieces of his extended family.
In death, Chuck has donated his remains to the Baylor College of Medicine. Private memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation, or the American Cancer Society.