Martin, David Arnold
David Arnold Martin, 80, of Narrows traded his earthly life for his eternal, peaceful one in Heaven on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at his home with family by his side. Affectionately known as Daisy, he was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
Born on July 3rd, 1939, Daisy was the son of the late Eldridge Richard and Lillian Frazier Martin. In addition to his father and mother, Daisy was preceded in death by a son, David A Martin, Jr.; four brothers, Richard Martin Jr., Joe Lindal Martin, William “Mac” Martin, and Jerry “Dee” Martin; three sisters, Arbutus Nelson, Lucille V Bell, and Katheryn Martin Nepstad, a special nephew, Jimmy Martin; and his stepmother, Bessie Martin.
In the early years, Daisy worked for a mill factory in Fayetteville, NC before moving back to Narrows and going to work at Celanese where he worked for 35 years before retiring in 1998. After retirement, he went to work with his brother Odie building houses and doing the best carpentry work you could find.
Daisy enjoyed many hobbies which included gardening, canning, hunting for miracles, cutting firewood, building things, and watching professional boxing and college football. Asides from his hobbies, his favorite past time was spending time with friends and family, especially his granddaughters, whom he adored and were the light of his life.
Left to cherish his precious memory are his two sons, Kevin Martin (Rachel) and Greg Martin (Lisa), both of Narrows, and his daughter Kristen Shady (Abdalla) of Pearisburg; grandsons Stephen Martin, Justin Martin, and Brandon Martin; granddaughters Aliyaa Shady, Daliya Shady, and Amirah Shady; three brothers Bobby Martin (Anna Sue) and Raymond “Odie” Martin (Shirley) both of Narrows and Pete Martin of Pearisburg; sister Peggy Fish of Lake Norman, NC; special nephews Buddy Nepstad of Pearisburg and Robert Wayne Martin of Narrows; special nieces, Alexa and Grace Shockley of Narrows,; former spouses and lifelong friends, Sandra Martin of Narrows and Naomi Martin of Pearisburg; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends, including lifelong friend, Benny Johnson.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Pearisburg United Methodist Church on Valley View Drive. Burial will follow at Angels Rest Cemetery in Narrows. Family and close friends will serves as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to Dr. Elliot Freed and his staff, Dr. Jason Fowlkes and his staff, Dr Heather Brooks and the staff at BRCC; the staff of Medi Home Health and Hospice, especially his nurse, Kandis Jackson; and special friend and caregiver Sue Robertson
The family is being served by Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke. Online condolences may be made by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.