Berman Cecil Martin

Berman Cecil Martin, age 84, of Pulaski, passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Radford Health and Rehab Center.

Born June 27, 1928 in Pulaski County, he was the son of the late Roy Cecil Martin and Viola Brewer Martin. A sister, Eloise Martin, and five brothers, Alton, Norman, James, Irvin and Delmas Martin, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Martin was born, raised and lived in the Mt Olivet community of Pulaski County. He spent his entire life there except for the years he spent in the United States Army and, until recently, when his health declined. He was a proud veteran of the Korean Conflict.

When he returned to Pulaski after his military discharge, he worked at Jefferson Mills and Pulaski Furniture Corporation. To better care for his family, he took GED classes so he could attend what is now New River Community College – all while working full time. Upon receiving his machinist certificate, he went to work for Xaloy Inc. and retired there with over 15 years of service.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Helen Jewell Warburton Martin; children, Kathy M. Murphy and husband, Donald, of Pulaski, and Gary M. Martin and wife, Karen, of Pulaski; “Poppy” of Jennen Murphy Adcock and husband, Jason, Michael Martin Murphy, Shellyn Nicole Martin, Kristi Martin Thorpe and husband, Philip, Katelyn Brooke Martin and Gary Tyler Martin; “Grandpoppy” of Madelyn and Megan Adcock and Nathan and Hannah Thorpe; sister, Elizabeth Martin Ward of Pulaski; sister-in-law, Bonnie Sullivan Kilpatrick of Chesapeake; brother-in-law, Robert Sullivan and wife, Helen, of Teague, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m., at the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski, with the Rev. James Thorpe officiating. Interment will follow in Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Dublin, with military honors conducted by Pulaski VFW Post 1184.

Visitation will be Thursday from 1 p.m. until service hour at Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Radford Health and Rehab and Good Samaritan Hospice for taking care of our Daddy during the past few months. Flowers would be welcomed; however, the family would appreciate donations in Daddy’s name to Good Samaritan Hospice, 1160 Moose Drive, N.W., Christiansburg, VA 24073.

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Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski, is handling arrangements for the Martin family.



4 Responses to Berman Cecil Martin

  1. Lanny Harris

    September 12, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Gary, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. There is great comfort in knowing that life does not end when our spirit leaves the earth. I talked with your Dad enough to know that he believed and trusted in Jesus Christ and reverenced God. The Bible tells us that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” May God bless and comfort you and your family during this time of great bereavement.

  2. claudia hayes

    September 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

    kathy and Gary sorry for the loss of your father my prays are with you an your families….

    god bless

  3. Bonnie Kilpatrick

    September 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Dear Family, I’m so sorry I can’t be there with you, but want to send my love to each one of you. Berman was brave enough to put me under the wheel of a car for the first time. His other good deeds are too numerous to list. He was a joy to be with and very special to me. Although I can’t be there in person, I will be there in spirit. My love to you all.

  4. Tommy Burton

    September 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Berman his brothers and I all grew up together in
    the Mount Olivet section of Pulaski, County. I was
    sorry to hear of his passing.

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