Celebrating the life of Carrie Belle Land Martin
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Carrie Belle Martin was born in Brooksville, Hernando County, Florida on May 12, 1930. Her parents were the late Allie Mae Land and the late Esau Land Carrie died on September 16, 2014 at Bayfront Health Brooksville.
Carrie attended the local schools for blacks in Brooksville. She graduated Valedictorian of the Class of 1948 Moton High School.
She enrolled in and attended college at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Carrie worked her way through college on a work-study scholarship plan. She was awarded the Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education in May 1953. Carrie later returned to Tuskegee and was awarded the Master of Education Degree in 1962. She began her teaching career with grades 7th – 12th; and 7th grade mathematics at Jerkins High School in Perry and Taylor counties in Florida from 1955 through 1961. Continuing in the teaching profession in Hernando County. Mrs. Martin taught Special Education and 5th grade regular classes in the newly integrated schools in Hernando County.
Mrs. Martin was awarded Teacher of the Month by FLRS/SRINGS; an associate center of Ocala, FL for her accomplishments and in recognition of outstanding qualities of instruction in April 1977. Carrie retired from the teaching profession in 1985 after 29 years; 6 years in Taylor County and 23 years in Hernando County.
During retirement Carrie worked as a volunteer at Hillside Estates in the after-school tutoring program as a volunteer with the Literacy program. She has received plaques for dedicated services to the Hernando County Branch of the NAACP in 1976 and 1984. She attended as a delegate to a number of National NAACP conventions in Boston, New York, Detroit, Dallas, Miami and Houston.
Carrie served over the years in her church, Bethlehem Progressive Baptist Church, Rev. C.A. Hubbert, Pastor, in various capacities as: financial officer, assistant to the Youth Christmas Programs, officer with Senior Women’s Mission. Additionally she was a charter member of the local Black Educators Caucus.
She leaves the following to cherish her memories: two sisters, Rosa Etta Perry and Hazel M. Land (both of Brooksville, FL); aunt, Margaret Larry Williams Brown; first cousins, Eloise Larry Wright (Brooksville, FL), Cynthia Y. Williams (Spring Hill, FL), Andrew Williams, Jr. (Annie) (Brooksville, FL), Brenda Cason (Brooksville, FL), Olga Taliferro (West Palm Beach, FL), James Taliferro (Trento, NJ), Cheryl Herd (Dennis) (Miami, FL), Annie Rogers (Brooksville, FL), Peggy Henry (Brooksville, FL), Sylvia Butcher (Mack) (Tampa, FL), Sandra Larry (Fairfield, AL), Samuel Hayes Larry, Ellen Larry, Virgil Larry (all of Tampa, FL), Barbara Larry Mincler (Atlanta, GA), Dr. Gloria Larry House (Detroit, MI), Maleek Azeez (West Palm Beach, FL) and Liza Larry (West Palm Beach, FL); favorite in-law, Florine Jackson Peterkin (Wildwood, FL); God-child, Micah Herd (Miami, FL) and the entire Timmons Family.
Carrie met and later married Charlie Martin in June 1957. The marriage ended with his death onFebruary 15, 2010.
Viewing: Friday, September 26, 2014 ~ 5pm -7pm ~ Cason Chapel ~ 830 School Street ~ Brooksville, FL 34601
Services: Saturday, September 27, 2014 ~ 11am ~ Bethlehem Progressive Baptist Church ~ 661 South Brooksville Avenue ~ Brooksville, FL 34601 ~ Rev. C.A. Hubbert , Pastor