Royal was a member of Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church, vice president of the Local UMWA, a 1961 graduate of Brilliant High School, a member of the Brilliant Masonic Lodge No. 601, and was retired from Drummond Coal Co.
He was preceded in death by a niece, Lori Sewell Johnson; and a nephew Lee Sewell.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne Nelson Emerline Martin; son, Alan Martin (Shelia) of Brilliant, daughters, Kelly Martin Whitaker (Bradd) of Jasper, Kristy Martin Hudson (Scott) of Brilliant and Kandis Martin Irvin of Homewood, step children, Renee E. Moore, Anita Snow (Leland) Bryan Emerline (Laura) and Olivia Metcalf (Jason); grandchildren, Jessica Martin Davis (Jeffrey), Adam Martin, Heath Martin, Kayla Rhudy Cole (Jeremiha), Morgan Gibbs, Johnna Gibbs, Allie Whitaker and Karlie Whitaker; great-grandson, Harper Knight Davis; (two more great-granchildren on the way, Jase Cole and Kenzley Martin); step grandchildren, Eric Moore, Amanda Cole (R.J.) Valerie Hyatt (Chris) Alicia Bozeman (Corey), Hannah Snow, Landon Snow, Rebecca Emerline, Scott Emerline, Kaitlyn Metcalf, Ryan Metcalf and Justin Metcalf; six step great-grandchildren; sister, Linda Martin Sewell (Dr. Aubrey) of Gulf Shores; step-father, Ira Smith (Peggy) of Winfield; step brothers, Robert Smith (Cheryl) of Freeland, Mich. and Jeff Smith (Mari) of Phoenix, Ariz.; and step sister, Mary Lou Cull (Jim) of Chicago, III.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m today, April 5, 2013, from the Bowen Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Bro. Phillip Miles officiating. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the funeral home.
Bowen Funeral Home, Winfield; 205-487-4327