11/13/09 — REV. GARVIN C. MARTIN

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Died Nov. 12, 2009

The Rev. Garvin C. Martin, 79, went home to be with the Lord Thursday.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Madison Avenue Baptist Church, 300 S. Madison Ave. in Goldsboro.

A memorial service will be held at Bethany Place Baptist Church, 1501 S. Providence Road in Richmond at 3 pm. Monday.

Garvin's service defined the term pastor, serving as a foreign missionary with his family for a decade in the Philippine islands and again as the shepherd of several churches in Virginia and North Carolina. His presence on earth will be dearly missed, but he would want us all to move forward by seeking daily the Lord's will in our lives and working to complete his kingdom.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Compton Martin; his daughters: Wendellyn Lee Romine (Steve) of Virginia Beach, Va., and Hope Martin Chenault (Keith) of Hockessin Del.; his sons: Dr. Sidney N. Martin (Pam), of Fenton, Mich., and Dr. Lewis P. Martin (Susan) of Wilson; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his stepdaughter, Kathleen Compton Westbrook (Richard) of Knoxville, Tenn.; his stepsons, John Compton III (Marsha) of Goldsboro and Paul Compton (Ann) of Goldsboro; and five stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Charlotte Lee Martin.

Visitation will be Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

The family will also receive visitors Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Bliley Funeral Home, 6900 Hull Street Road in Richmond, Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, Va., 23230 ,or to Madison Ave Baptist Church, 1703 E. Laurel St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27530.

Local arrangements are by Wilson Memorial Service at www.wilsonmemorialservice.com, and arrangements in Richmond are by Bliley Funeral Home, 804-355-3800, www.blileyfuneralhomes.com.


Published in Obituaries on November 13, 2009 1:47 PM