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Gregg Henderson Martin

May 20, 1949 — June 14, 2024

Mount Airy

Gregg Henderson Martin

Mr. Gregg Henderson Martin, 75, of Mount Airy, passed away Friday evening, June 14, 2024, at his home. Mr. Martin was born May 20, 1949, in Surry County, the younger of two sons born to the late Leon Henderson and Emma Eliza Eller Martin. Gregg was reared in Jonesville and graduated from Jonesville High School in 1967. Following his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served three years. His experience in the Marine Corps played an important role in his life, teaching the value of discipline, teamwork, and investing in a cause larger than himself. After the Vietnam War, he earned an associate degree from Surry Community College, and then he earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University, which created a loyal and staunched Mountaineer. In January 1975, Gregg reenlisted in the Marine Corps at the Officer Candidates School. Upon his commission, he served in active duty for three years and then became a reservist. Gregg served as the commanding officer of the communications company of his reserve battalion in 1990. He spent many years of his life working at Quality Mills, Renfro Corporation, and Hanesbrands, retiring in December 2011 as a production planner. Gregg lived a servant’s life and modeled a servant’s heart. He fed quietly into the lives of others with care, love, and concern, especially as a leader of Cub Scout Pack #538, Boy Scout Troop #538, and the Mount Airy Jaycees. As a young person, he made a profession of Christian faith and was active in the local church. He served as a member and deacon at First Baptist Church, along with being a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, assistant treasurer, and RA leader. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Ann Young Martin; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joshua Henderson and Candice Stonestreet Martin and Jeffery Leonard Martin and Meredith Leas; a granddaughter, Hailey Martin; a stepgrandson, Aiden Hocken; a brother, Barry David Eller Martin; and a sister-in-law, Lynnette Young. In addition to his parents, Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wiley Leonard “Dick” and Mary Etta Steele Young. A service of worship and celebration of Gregg’s life will be held Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church Columbarium, with the Rev. Jay Meadows, Dr. Roger B. Gilbert, and David Gigante officiating. At the conclusion of the service, military honors will be conducted by the VFW Memorial Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Toys For Tots, Surry County Marine Corps League, Detachment #1322, c/o Debbie King, 379 Lovers Lane, Mount Airy, NC 27030; Scouts BSA Troop #538, c/o First Baptist Church, 714 North Main Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030; Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, P.O. Box 325, Dobson, NC 27017; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Visitation

Friday, June 21, 2024

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Moody Funeral Services (Mount Airy)

206 West Pine Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030

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Memorial Service

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First Baptist Church Columbarium

714 North Main Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030

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