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Herbert Stanley Martin

December 22, 1922 ~ January 2, 2021 (age 98)



Herbert Stanley Martin

Pink Hill

Herbert Stanley Martin, 98, of Pink Hill passed away Saturday January 2, 2021 at UNC Lenoir Healthcare. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Cox Martin, his son Herbert Kenneth Martin, his sisters Sue Andrews and Margaret Small and his parents, Ray and Julia Martin.   


Herbert is survived by his sons, Benny R. Martin and wife Martha of Pink Hill, Jesse A. Martin and wife Wanda of Pink Hill and his sister, Maxine Bell of Cape Carteret. He is also survived by 10  grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, Pamela D. Martin of Edinburgh, Scotland, Jeff and Debbie Martin and son Kenny of Kinston, Brandon R. Martin and son Brady and daughter Taylor with finance Lindsey Hester of Kinston, Ben and Bobbie Martin and son Colton of Ohio, Crystal Martin and sons Harley Thigpen, Sabatian Parsons, and Solamon Parsons of Fayetteville, Ashley and Harold Glenn Turner and son Christian Sykes of Kinston, Chris and Kacey Martin daughters Lyndsey Martin, Leona Martin and Celina Robinson of Pink Hill, Toni and Chris McLean and daughter McKenzie of Wilmington, Carrie Simmons and daughters Karmyn Stackhouse, Ava Manor, and Ryley Randolph of Burgaw and Joey and Amber Simmons and daughters Mikaila and Lilli of Leland. 


Herbert served as a Merchant Marine and fought in World War II from 1942-1945. When he returned home he married the love of his life Leona and he worked as a tenant farmer for 8 years. Upon retiring from the farm, he began a new career at E. I. Dupont which lasted 33 years.


As a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church, he was the oldest living member and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and was devoted to being a disciple of Christ. 

Herbert was a lively, generous, and caring person that loved his family dearly. He enjoyed hunting, especially fox hunting but his main passion was playing his guitar to bluegrass music. He enjoyed going to bluegrass festivals across the state until the age of 92. He would still play music with his best friend, Clyde Mattocks, and all his bluegrass picking buddies that he cared for deeply. He loved to eat breakfast at Byrd’s Café in Pink Hill every morning where the ladies there would spoil him. 

Graveside services will be held at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:00 am.


The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make donations to:

Pleasant Hill Christian Church, 4306 Pleasant Hill Rd, Pink Hill, NC 28572,   (252) 568-4985


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Graveside Service
January 7, 2021

11:00 AM
Pinelawn Memorial Park
Hwy 70
Kinston, NC 28501

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