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Charles H. Martin

November 2, 1928 - December 1, 2022

Charles H. (Charlie) Martin, 94, of Lynchburg died Thursday, December 1, 2022, at his residence. Charlie is survived by his wife of 72 years, Gladys Tweedy Martin. Born November 2, 1928, he was the son of the late Samuel Royal and Nannie Inge Martin.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Cheryl Martin and Gary Martin and his wife, Monica, of Lynchburg; four grandchildren, Grayson Martin, Reagan Martin and Stephanie Kerr Bernard and her husband, Mark, all of Lynchburg; Jamie Kerr Vaughan and her husband, Allen, of Concord; and four great grandchildren, Luke, Makinley and Keaten Bernard and Brooklyn Vaughan. He is also survived by a sister, Irene M. Jones, of Lynchburg. He was predeceased by one sister, Nellie M. Williams, and four brothers, Frank, William (Billy), James (Jim) and Eugene (Jack) Martin.

Charlie graduated from Concord High School and attended Lynchburg College. He retired from Massey-Ferguson, Inc., after which he operated his own business, G&C Enterprises, for twenty-five years. He was an active member of Indian Hill United Methodist Church and volunteered for more than 20 years as Chaplain at Courtland Manufacturing Company in Appomattox through Industrial and Commercial Ministries (ICM). He was a charter member of Concord Volunteer Fire Department where he served 62 years, including fifty years as an active fireman, two years as president and twenty years as treasurer. He was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Concord Volunteer Fire Department in 2008, Honorary Chief designation in 2011 and recipient of the “Community Builders’ Award” for Outstanding Service to the Community by the Grand Lodge of Masons, Concord in 2013.

He proudly served four years in the U. S. Navy (Naval Air) in the Korean Conflict, achieving the rank of Electronics Technician, First Class. While on active duty, he was joined by his wife, living in several U.S. locations before he was transferred overseas to serve in the Philippines, Okinawa, Taiwan and Japan. He was joined by his wife for a year in Japan before discharge. For more than 35 years, they enjoyed traveling in their motor home, covering 49 states, Canadian provinces and Mexico. More recently, they enjoyed fellowship with members of the 7-Hills RV Club on weekend trips.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Indian Hill United Methodist Church, 2278 Oxford Furnace Road by the Rev. Jim Stevens assisted by the Rev. Ron Litten., with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation and reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Indian Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Treasurer, 579 Quail Road, Lynchburg, VA 24504, or Concord Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 26, Concord, VA 24538.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.


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It is with a heavy heart that I learn of Charlie's passing. I pray my most heartfelt condolences to the Martin family and that our lord Jesus will comfort the family during this difficult season. Even as a young person growing up around Charlie, I was mesmerized by his work ethic, patience, and attention to detail. My heart warms as I can still hear his voice saying, "There is no sense in doing something if you are not going to do it right". I must say however, that he was indeed a man of God, and it was reflected in his manner of life. When my parents were sick and before my own father went home to be with our Lord, he was one of the first to volunteer to help our family in doing whatever needed to be done. Well, "Charlie-Boss", you ran a good race, and you stayed in the fight all the way up until the end. I am honored to have shared this life with you my friend. I bid you Godspeed on your journey to life everlasting as your pilgrimage is here is complete in this world my friend. I will see you on the other side. Shalom.

Posted by Mike Baldock on January 2, 2023

Gladys I am so sorry for your loss. I remember how you’ll would invite the Williams Home ladies to your beautiful home for lunch on the lawn. The corn was sooo good as was the entire meal. I was so fortunate to have been on the Auxiliary Board. Thinking of you. Betty Pennington

Posted by Betty Pennington on December 5, 2022

My wife which is the granddaughter of Charlie and I’m very proud to be a part of his family Charlie was the greatest man I’ve ever met

Posted by Anonymous on December 5, 2022

Gladys, I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband.

Posted by Ginny Van Gurp on December 3, 2022

Gladys, I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a remarkable man and obviously a great husband. I thought of our visit in Japan, which now seems like 150 years ago. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Posted by Sam Cardwell on December 3, 2022

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