Martin, Garry Gene

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Garry Gene Martin, 74, of Ripplemead, departed this life Friday afternoon, February 15, 2013 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Ripplemead on February 25, 1938, he was a son of the late E. Howard and Alva Douthat Martin.

Garry was a devoted Christian, a member of Riverview Baptist Church for 62 years, serving as Sunday School Superintendent for several years, had worked at Kroger’s when a young man, was the Post Master at Ripplemead for 27 years. until he retired, and was a 1956 graduate of Pearisburg High School.

He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 56 years. this past June 5, 2012, Betty Simerly Martin; his devoted son and daughter-in-law, Kevin W. and Jennette Day Martin of Ripplemead; his three grandchildren, Cory W. Martin, Zane T. Martin, and Amber R. Martin; his great-granddaughter, Jemma Atwood, and his faithful friends, Garnett Darnell (who was like a brother), Jimmy Harless, and Arlie Flack.

Funeral Services will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in Riverview Baptist Church at Ripplemead with Pastor Shahn Wilburn officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at Riverview Baptist Church, Sunday evening from 5 until 7 p.m.

Garry has requested that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to Riverview Baptist Church Missionary Fund.

The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting