Martin, Vance

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Vance (V.C.) Martin, 85, of Christiansburg, Va., passed away peacefully Sunday, April 4, 2010, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. V.C. was born March 19, 1925, in Montgomery County. He was predeceased by his son, Ricky Martin; parents, Ruth B. and Charlie Martin; his stepfather, Wilford P. Hornbarger; and a brother, Edward Martin. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Allie Yates Martin; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Vernon Martin, Judy and Charles Long; daughter-inlaw, Jenny B. Martin; grandchildren, Stacey (Michael) Vaughan, Jeremy Long, Kerri (Alex) Martin; great-granddaughter, Katie Messer; brothers and sistersin-law, Bobby and Claremont Yates and Gene and Evelyn Yates; many special nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. V.C. was a Navy veteran, Coxswain V6 USNR SV, of World War II and a survivor of Exercise Tiger. V.C. was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5311 in Christiansburg. He was a retired employee of Radford Army Ammunition Plant with over 36 years service. V.C. was a faithful and enthusiastic NASCAR fan and drove a racecar in his younger years at many area tracks. He had many friends and never met a stranger. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Horne Funeral Home from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Sowder’s Chapel, Shawsville, Va. with burial in Piedmont Cemetery. Reverend Everette Shepherd will officiate. Flowers will be appreciated or a donation to Christiansburg Rescue or Fire Dept. or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting