Robert “Pepper” Martin, 89, passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Pepper was born July 22, 1922, in Big Spring. He eloped with his high school sweetheart, Hope Sisson, in 1941. From 1943 to 1945 he served in the South Pacific during World War II.
A minor league baseball player and manager early in life, Pepper made his career in bowling and was instrumental in starting Columbia Bowling Industries. Later in life, Pepper developed a passion for horses and opened Alamo Stud Farm.
After the death of his wife in 1995, Pepper married Beth Holden in 1997.
More than anything, Pepper will be remembered as an honorable man who inspired admiration and respect. A friendly, straight shooter, Pepper also had a playful and mischievous streak that kept everyone around him smiling. He will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and many friends.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at Porter Loring North Chapel.
The family requests memorial contributions be made in lieu of flowers. You are invited to sign the guestbook at
Arrangements entrusted to Porter Loring Mortuary Nother, 2102 N. Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas 78232, 210-495-8221.