Charles Martin: Former Albemarle supervisor dies Tuesday
Charles S. Martin, who served three terms on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and was its first African-American chairman, died at home early April 10 from prostate cancer.
Martin, 57, was on the Board of Supervisors from 1992 to 2003, representing the Rivanna District, and was chair from 1999 to 2000. Before that, he sat on the Albemarle School Board. In 2001, he lost a race for the House of Delegates 58th District, a seat still held by Rob Bell.
Martin attended the University of Virginia on a DuPont scholarship, according to his friend, Dave Bruton, and graduated with degrees in sociology and government. He worked as a juvenile probation officer and was an active member of the Democratic Party.
He was a founder of SARA– the Sexual Assault Resource Agency. "He pushed through many things for women," recalls Bruton.
Martin later headed an organization called Urban Vision, which was geared toward getting people off welfare and into the workforce, says Bruton.
He was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer four years ago, says Bruton, who remembers Martin saying, "Dave, prostate cancer is one of the most curable cancers, and I'm dying from it." In a recent Martha Jefferson publication, Martin urged men to get annual physicals including the prostate screening test.
Martin grew up in Patrick County, and will be buried in Martinsville. A memorial service will be held in Charlottesville at Covenant Church next week.
He's survived by Carolyn, his wife of 30 years, and three children.