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Obituary – Joe Martin




Joseph Daniel Martin, Jr. of Shelbyville passed away Monday, December 16, 2019 at his home. He was born in Gallatin, Tennessee to the late Joseph Daniel Martin and Sue Green Martin. While he was a graduate of Gallatin High School, during his high school years he began his career by riding and training horses with Billy Gray at the Sumner County Fairgrounds.
 
Joe was a lifelong dedicated Tennessee Walking horse trainer and master breeder. In addition to his love of horses, he enjoyed University of Tennessee sports, SEC football & basketball, horse racing, professional bull riding and was a huge supporter of Shelbyville girl's basketball.   
 
If you knew Joe, you would know he loved dogs. Big dogs, little dogs and all dogs in between. You would also know that any time when his big orange semi trailer pulled on the show grounds something special was going to happen at the horse show that night.  
 
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cena Biles Martin of Shelbyville; son, Joe (Mike) Martin-Grimes of Montclair, NJ; first wife, Judy Wiser Martin; stepson, Justin Douglas Reed of Shelbyville; granddaughters, Sydney Martin-Grimes and Kendall Martin-Grimes of Montclair, NJ; grandson, Ethan Martin-Grimes of Montclair, NJ; step-grandson, Jayeton Reed of Shelbyville; sister Mary Glen (Robert) Lassiter of Louisville, KY and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Suzanne Martin Roddy.  
 
His final days were spent at home surrounded by family and friends who Joe had touched in some way. His final wishes were truly played out and the number of visitors to come through the doors was a tribute to his life.  
 
Join us for a celebration of life. Though we grieve our loss, there is joy too in having known and loved such a special person. Visitation with the family will be Friday, December 20, 2019 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Blue Ribbon Circle Room at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, Tennessee. A service will follow at 6:00 pm.  

Arrangements are by Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1stAve NW, Winchester, TN  37398 (931) 967-2222  www.moorecortner.com.

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