John Henry Martin

June 6, 2011


GREENVILLE – John Henry Martin, age 52, of the 100 block of South Woodlawn Ave., died Monday, June 6, 2011, at his home.

Mr. Martin was born in Ahoskie, NC, a son of Barbara Powell Martin and the late Robert Milas Martin. He was the grandson of the late Dr. John Henry and Laura B. Martin and the late Fronie and Mary T. Powell. John was a graduate of Ahoskie High School and Chowan College, and attended East Carolina University. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie and was an engineering technician for Terracon, working for the company for 28 years.

Left to cherish his memory is his mother, Barbara P. Martin of Ahoskie, NC; his brothers, Robert M. Martin, Jr. and wife, Cindy of Ahoskie, NC, and B. Lee Martin, and wife, Susan of Snow Hill, NC; nephews John Britt Martin and Robert A. Tyndall. He is also survived by aunts, Marie P. Taylor, Lila P. Davenport, and Georgia P. Martin; and an uncle, Dr. J. B. Brown.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home in Ahoskie with Rev. Anita Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Ahoskie Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home form 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, P.O. Box 649, Ahoskie, NC, 27910 or the American Red Cross, Greater Albemarle Area Chapter, 905 Halstead Blvd., Unit 3, Elizabeth City, NC, 27909.

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David J Cummings
2 months ago

I have thought of you over the years and often wondered how your life had been. I hope you had a smooth transition. I wish peace for the family. And, I will never forget your squash casserole! Most of all, I will always remember your smile.

john hobgood
12 years ago

It is November and I just learned of John’s passing. I met John in 1994 and have kept in touch with him over the years. I rented a room from John. John cared so much for his family and those friends that he made feel like family. Whenever I thought of a ‘good person’ the phrase “like John Henry” always came out. You are and will be missed.

Marty Edwards
12 years ago

Sorry to hear of your loss.

Frances Jones
12 years ago

For the short time I knew John Henry, it was apparent he had a gentle,caring soul. It was also apparent how much he loved his family that I know. I hope the hurt is soon replaced by his loving memories.

Cecelia Scott
12 years ago

Your sparling blue eyes, your beautiful smile, fabulous laught, and wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all of us. No matter when or where I saw you – you always had time to listen and make me laugh – no matter how down I was at the time. You had a true gift my friend. I know you are still using that gift in a better place.

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family and friends.

Susan Warshauer Kahn
12 years ago

What a beautiful smile John Henry had. My memory of his smile, his sparkling eyes and his upbeat nature will stay with me always. So many good times I remember of John Henry with my extended family since the early days in Greenville, where I’m from and where my cousin Wendy came to live after college. I loved the close, caring friendship he and Wendy had. Both so fun-loving, cheering each other on through the years, having joyous gatherings and reunions each year at Wrightsville Beach. John Henry and Will and Wendy’s and Donna’s families and others would have such good times together. These happy days of summer bracketed the rest of the year. Losing John Henry is like losing the happiest, warmest day of summer. I hope the good memories of him will bring some consolation to his family and closest friends over time. John Henry was a beautiful person, both physically and spiritually. That thought of him will live in my heart. Peace to you, John Henry.

Keith Brock
12 years ago

I worked with John Henry at Law Engeering. I grew to respect and love him like few other I have ever met. He was a dear friend and will be miss greatly.Though its been 19 years ago that we worked and played together and we would go long spell between speaking as life sometimes causes friend to do, I always knew that if I needed him he would be there for me. I love you John Henery Martin. I feel like Ive lost a brother. May your family take comfort in knowing that you were a great friend and will truley be missed by so many people. Thank you for the time you shared with me.!

Kristen Grady
12 years ago

Lee, Susan and JB,

We will always remember John Henry as being a special person in your lives. I know he loved you guys very much and he thought the world of JB. I know my kids will never go to McCall’s again and not think about him! He will be missed by many. If you need us you know where we are, we will do whatever you need.

Your Friends always,

Peanut, Kristen, Caitlyn and Reid

Miguel Camacho
12 years ago

John Henry was a great person, his smile and sincere laugh will always be remembered. You will always be on my prayers, and you will never be forgotten, thanks for the time that I had to knowing you. My most sincere condolences to all his family and friends, that you all find peace during this difficult time.

Keith Johnson
12 years ago

I had the pleasure of working with John Henry at Law Engineering and renting a room at his house many years ago.Spending time with John and his brother Lee, sitting on John’s front porch, talking and watching people walk by, were some of the most enjoyable times of my life.What a laugh! John Henry was one of the most honest and caring people I have ever known and he will be greatly missed by everyone. God bless Lee,Robert and Mom Barbara.