Life Story / Obituary
Sylvester “Syl” Martin’s journey began at birth on December 10, 1941 to his parents, the late Otis and Catherine (James) Martin in Camden, Alabama. His earthly journey ended on Friday, July 2, 2021.
Sylvester confessed Christ at an early age and joined St. James A.M.E. Church in Camden, Alabama. He was educated through the public schools in Wilcox County where he was active in the Physical Education Club and the Hobby Club.
Sylvester relocated to Washington, D.C. to live with relatives after graduating from high school in 1959. It was during this time that he joined the military to serve his country. He was a member of the U.S. Army in Fort Hood, Texas from 1965-67. After an honorable discharge from the Army, Sylvester returned to Camden, where he met and married the love of his life, Lula Chambers. To this union, one son, Daryl, was born.
Sylvester was employed by Ford Motor Company in Wayne, Michigan for approximately 50 years. He received many awards and recognitions during his tenure at Ford.
Syl, as he was lovingly called by his wife, was a quiet and soft-spoken “giant” whose love for his family and friends was endearing. From a young age, he had a love for working on and restoring cars. He was the neighborhood mechanic. He loved old-school cars and baseball, particularly the Detroit Tigers. Whenever the Tigers were playing, there would always be a radio on so he could listen to the game. Because of this, his son listens to the Tigers on the radio to this day. Some of his son’s fondest memories were of him playing in the backyard while his dad worked on cars with his friends. Sylvester also had a favorite song - The Blues is Alright by Little Milton. He played this song ALL the time!
Sylvester leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Lula Martin; his children, Mildred of Manhattan, NY; and Daryl of Canton, MI; six grandchildren; Devin Hans and Deanna Martin of Redford, MI; Quintasha, Quincy, Dayquan and Yusif McCall of Marietta, GA; three great-grandchildren, Zaire, Kori and Bodhi of Marietta, GA; four sisters, Barbara Anderson of Norwalk, CT; Ada (Otis) McCants of Cleveland, OH; Christine (Charles) Mitchell of Hartford, CT; Bonita (Carl) Smart of Gainesville, FL; one brother, Robert (Betty) Martin of Cleveland, OH; four sisters-in-law, Maggie Boyd of Camden, Al; Evelyn (Roy) Barber of Selma, AL; Carolyn Williams of Canton, MI; and Mary Chambers of Cincinnati, OH; two brothers-in-law, Robert Chambers of Greenville, AL; and Johnny Chambers of Camden, AL; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, Deloise (Martin) Stallworth.