Dr. Freeman Martin III passed away peacefully on July 6, 2018. His family, friends, patients and colleagues are saddened by his passing but join in celebrating a life well lived.
Dr. Martin was born on June 1, 1937 in Carrollton Mississippi, the second of three children, to Freeman Martin II and Beulah Cain Martin, who preceded him in death.
He was a product of the Indianapolis School System and was a 1957 graduate of Shortridge High School. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1961 and his Medical Doctorate from The Indiana University School of Medicine in 1967. Dr. Martin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, a Fellow of The American Academy of Family Physicians and is certified in Obesity Medicine.
Dr. Martin maintained his private, independently owned and operated practice for 50 years. He was fondly referred to as "The Meridian Street Doctor" having had four different locations on that notable corridor. Dr. Martin truly loved practicing medicine and his patients and he never viewed it as a job but as a privilege. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Association, Marion County Medical Society and The National Medical Society. In addition to professional societies he was a lifelong member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, Sigma Pi Phi/Alpha Eta Boule, a NAACP lifetime member, 100 Black Men of Indianapolis and the Urban League.
Dr. Martin was an incredibly kind and generous man who dearly loved the Lord, his family and friends. He never met a stranger. Entertaining, gourmet cooking and gardening were his passions. Through hard work and ingenuity he was instrumental in developing and sustaining a tropical garden paradise in his back yard in the state of Indiana.
Dr. Martin is survived by his wife of 52 years Elizabeth "Libby" Davis Martin, daughters Renee (Vernon) Carter,
Joy M Jones, Jennifer (Anthony) Curry and Heather M Adebayo, sister/cousin Grace Turner Bowers (Chicago, IL), 8 cherished grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a large extended family especially Edna B Senour, his devoted nurse of 45 years.
Visitation will be on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 4-8 P.M.,at Crown Hill Funeral Home (700 W. 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN). Services will be on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11 A.M. at Phillips Temple C.M.E Church, 210 E. 34th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205. Interment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery.
May God continually bless and comfort you and family.
Medical School class of 1967 reunion
It is my honor to have known an amazing man, Dr. Freeman Martin, and his wonderful, warm and loving family. Sending prayers and deep love during this celebration of a life well lived.
Sherri Hayes Sawyer
My condolences to the family. Dt Martin has been my Dr. for a lifetime. He was so meticulous and every thing he did. He was one of the Best Dr. in the midtown Indianapolis area. He was very concerned about his patients health and he will be truly missed. RIP#This appointment he couldn't miss God needed another Angel
Dr Freeman Martin always offered me encouragement when I was a very young attorney here in Indianapolis. His words of inspiration and goodwill while rendering me excellent medical services will always be aprreciiated. My prayers go out for the Confort of his love ones
It was an honor to have known such a kind and generous person. We are truly thankful for the loyalty and generosity bestowed on the Senour family over many many years. We will truly miss Dr. Martin’s presence in our lives. May God embrace his family in comfort during this difficult time. Our condolences.
Edna and Rodney Sims
Virginia and Clyde Washington
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