Martin, William Wayne

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“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” ? II Timothy 4:7. After a brief illness, William Wayne (Bill) Martin, 65, of Narrows, attained the ultimate healing and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 3, 2009. Bill was surrounded by family and friends and the love of God.

A lifelong resident of Giles County, he was born on March 29, 1944 and was the son of the late William Deward and Dorothy Irene Evans Martin.

Bill was a beloved husband, devoted father, cherished grandfather, caring brother and faithful friend. His love for his Lord and his family was evident in his daily life. His faithfulness to friends, unquestionable. Bill was a longstanding, faithful member of Faith Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church and was honored to serve as Deacon to his church family. He retired from Bland Correctional Center, where he served as a well-respected correctional officer for many years. Upon retirement, Bill enjoyed spoiling his precious grandchildren. He also enjoyed collecting NASCAR memorabilia. He will be remembered for his ready smile and heartfelt laughter.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of nearly 43 years, Barbara Shepherd (Bobbie) Martin, of Narrows. He was the proud father of Christie Martin Sowers and her husband, Bennett Sowers, III, of Pearisburg, and Cherie Martin Fenne and her husband, William Fenne, of Aylett, Va. Cherishing their Papaw Bill’s memory are seven grandchildren, Adrienne, Jordan, Cameron, and Taylor Sowers, and Katelynn, Billy, and Abby Fenne. Bill is also survived by his sister, Heida Ann Shepherd and husband, Eddie, of Tobaccoville, N. C.; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Patty Shepherd, of Maryville, Tenn.; and his in-laws, James and Jody Shepherd, of Narrows. Bill loved and was loved by his nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his church family and numerous friends.

Please join us in a celebration of Bill’s life on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Faith Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church in Pearisburg with Pastor Roy Burton officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows Monday from 6 to 9 p.m.

The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider Faith Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1327 Wenonah Avenue; Pearisburg, Virginia 24134. Online condolence messages to the family can be sent to