Martin Voiers Obituary

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Martin "Newt" Voiers

December 7, 1920 - January 21, 2013
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Martin L. "Newt" Voiers, 92, of Tollesboro, died Monday, January 21, 2013 at Thomson Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY. He was born December 7, 1920 in Lewis County, KY the son of the late Charles and Teresa "Tressie" Hauck Voiers. He was a retired farmer and owner of Gardner-Voiers Auto Supply. He was a long-time member of the Orangeburg Christian Church (DOC), Masonic Lodge 240 F & AM in Tollesboro, KY and the Oleika Shrine Temple in Lexington, KY. He was a charter member of both the Tollesboro Lions Club and the Tollesboro Volunteer Fire Department serving the community for many years through activity in those organizations....
Martin L. "Newt" Voiers, 92, of Tollesboro, died Monday, January 21, 2013 at Thomson Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY. He was born December 7, 1920 in Lewis County, KY the son of the late Charles and Teresa "Tressie" Hauck Voiers.
He was a retired farmer and owner of Gardner-Voiers Auto Supply. He was a long-time member of the Orangeburg Christian Church (DOC), Masonic Lodge 240 F & AM in Tollesboro, KY and the Oleika Shrine Temple in Lexington, KY. He was a charter member of both the Tollesboro Lions Club and the Tollesboro Volunteer Fire Department serving the community for many years through activity in those organizations. He was also a past member of the board of the Western Lewis-Rectorville Water District.
He was an outstanding athlete at Vanceburg (Lewis County) High School in both basketball and football and remained an avid fan of basketball throughout his life following the local teams. He attended the KHSAA State Basketball Tournaments with his family for nearly 50 years.
He served his country with courage and honor during World War II spending 17 months in France, Belgium, and Germany. He was a member of a light weapons platoon in Company C, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, also known as the Big Red 1. He was twice wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart with bronze oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Sharpshooter Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars, and Army of Occupation Medal with Germany clasp. He finished his service as a member of the Honor Guard at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.
Survivors include one daughter, Margetta (Michael) McFarland of Lexington; one son, Martin L. (Kathryn) Voiers II of Flemingsburg; four grandchildren, Rene Adams, Martin L. (Shawna) Voiers III, Ryan McFarland, and Erin (D'Juan) Surratt; and eight great-grandchildren, Cierra McFarland, Nick McFarland, Ray Surratt, DeMarcus Surratt, Darius Surratt, Caleb Voiers, Maggie Voiers, and Danielle Adams. He maintained a special relationship with his nieces and nephews; Willa Sanders, Theresa (Charlie) Litterall, Vickie (Guy) Zeigler, Jimmie Kinzel, Whit (Judy) Voiers, Leslie "Buddy" (Lana) Voiers, Kelly (Robin) Voiers, Sam Grant, and Mark (Kathy) Voiers.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Jessie "Blue" Voiers, six sisters; Gladys Voiers, Florence Kinzel, Myrtle Flinders, Nellie Voiers, Lorene Voiers, Helen Voiers; four brothers; Floyd Voiers, Harold Voiers, Charles Voiers Jr., Harlan Voiers, and a nephew, Elmo "Mouse" Flinders.
Visitation for Mr. Voiers will be held at Barbour and Son Funeral Home in Tollesboro from 5-8pm on Thursday and will include Masonic rites. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Norman Wasson and Pastor Martin L. Voiers II will be on Friday at 1:00pm at the Orangeburg Christian Church with visitation from noon until the hour of the service. Burial will follow at the Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Ribolt, KY. Active pallbearers are Martin L. Voiers III, Ryan McFarland, Nick McFarland, D'Juan Surratt, Guy Zeigler, and Mark Voiers. Honorary pallbearers include Jimmie Kinzel, Whit Voiers, Leslie "Buddy" Voiers, Kelly Voiers, and Dr. Sam Grant.
Newt, as he was known by his friends, was truly a part of the 'Greatest Generation'. He was gentle yet strong, quiet yet caring, frugal yet generous. He will be greatly missed but we celebrate his life and what he gave to his family, his friends, and his community.
Special thanks to the staff at Thomson Hood Veterans Center for their compassionate care throughout the five years of his residency there. Memorials are suggested to the Orangeburg Christian Church, 7252 KY 1234 South, Maysville, KY 41056 or the Thomson Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veterans Drive, Wilmore KY, 40390.

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