Dr. Bobby Ray Martin '59 - 1999 A Award Recipient

Bio from 1999

Dr. Bobby Ray Martin has devoted his life to public school teaching and administration in his home state of Georgia.  For nine years, he taught in the classroom.  From 1972 to 1938, he served as science coordinator, assistant principle, high school principle in the Fulton County  School System.  He then worked for the Fayette County School System as principle, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent of schools.  Twice, the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce has honored him with its Star Teacher award. 

Dr. Martin has participated in the National Science Foundation Institute, during the academic year and in the summer.  He lectured in the Science Department of Asbury College for 3 years.

Dr. Martin has been involved in leadership at every level of the United Methodist Church.  He has served as lay speaker and president of the North Georgia Annual Conference United Methodist Men.  Dr. Martin has been elected a lay leader of his Annual Conference and has been delegate to the denomination’s General Conference.  In 1984, he was honored by his annual conference with the Harry Denman Evangelism Award.

Following his retirement from the public school system, he fulfilled the church’s requirements for local pastors and was appointed to Lovejoy Memorial United Methodist Church in Newnan, Georgia.  There, he saw an increase in church membership and the renovation of the church facilities. 

Dr. Martin has faithfully served his alma mater in several volunteer capacities.  He served on the Asbury College 2000 Campaign Cabinet.  In 1986, the College conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. 

Dr. Martin and his wife Jama Bell ’66 are the parents of two children: Kimberly ’97 and Jeremy.

Other 1999 A Award Recipients

Col. Franklin Morrison '23
Dr. Jack Ewing '74