Dr. Jose Ramon
Dr. Jose Ramon "Joe" Martinez

August 22, 1923 - March 6, 2019
Born in Ciego de Avila, Cuba
Resided in Waycross, Georgia
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Dr. José Ramón “Joe” Martinez, 95, passed away on Ash Wednesday (March 6, 2019) at Haven Hospice in Orange Park, FL.

He was born in Ciego de Avila, Cuba and graduated from Havana Medical School in 1952. He was a former resident anesthesiologist at Mercer Hospital in Trenton, NJ from 1952 - 1953 and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA from 1953-1955. Dr. Martinez served in the United States Navy at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA as head of the Anesthesia Department from 1956-1958. He was also Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology for the Medical College of Georgia from 1958-1959.

From 1960 until his retirement, he was Founder and Chief of the Anesthesiology Department at Memorial Hospital (now Memorial Satilla Health) in Waycross where he started the Respiratory Therapy Department. He was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1967 and President of the Ware County Medical Society from 1969-1970. He was Chief of Medical Staff at Memorial Hospital from 1972-1974 and President of the Georgia State Society of Anesthesiologists from 1974-1975. He delivered the first continuous epidural in the State of Georgia to his wife for labor and delivery of their child. He was licensed to practice in four states, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.

Dr. Martinez was a son of the late Jose Maria Martinez and Ana Nina Martinez Neyar. He was married for 45 years to the late Marguerite “Peggy” Doherty Martinez.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waycross.

He is survived by four children, Joseph Raymond Martinez (Suzan) of Tallahassee, FL, Jonathan David Martinez (Carla) of South Carolina, Peggy Anne Jones (Danny) of Kennesaw, GA, and Jennifer Ellen Martinez of Waycross; 11 grandchildren, Pamela Griggs (Chris), Joseph R. Martinez, III (Michele), Laura Akers (James), Anthony Martinez (BreAnna), Amanda Martinez (Joe), Ashley Martinez (Joe), Andrew Jones (Mary), Phillip Jones (Paige), Kevin Jones, Rebecca Martinez (Kevin), and Allie Martinez; 13 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 12:00 p.m. Wednesday (March 13, 2019) at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waycross. Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends Tuesday evening at Music Funeral Home from 4 until 6 o’clock.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.

Music Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements




Music Funeral Home
1503 Tebeau St.
Waycross, GA United States 31501
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
2011 Darling Ave.
Waycross, GA US 31501
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
12:00 PM
Greenlawn Cemetery
5000 Brunswick Hwy.
Waycross, GA US 31503
Wednesday, March 13, 2019