The son of Joseph Leo Turbidy from Worcester, Massachusetts, and Louyse Berry Turbidy, of Rome, Georgia, Martin Turbidy was born in 1932 in Rome, Georgia. His grandparents were John Marshall Berry Jr. of Rome and Elizabeth Brotherton Berry of Atlanta. Martin's great-great grandfather John Marshall Berry Sr. was also Martha Berry's grandfather.
A graduate of Darlington School, in Rome, Georgia, he was salutatorian of his graduating class and President of the Honor Council. He attended Auburn University, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity and very active in student affairs, and received a Master's Degree from Emory University. The insurance business became his career. He was a Vice President of Georgia International Life Insurance Company and of the Integon Life Insurance Company. Following his company career, he became a consultant and broker in the insurance field.
Martin is now retired and living at Sea Island, Georgia.