Oakley Leonard Martin, Sr., 70, of Lurich Road, Narrows departed this life Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in the peacefulness of his home. Born in Narrows on October 20, 1946, he was a son of the late Jessie Allen and Winnie Fleeman Martin. He was a member of Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead for the last 25 years, was a veteran of the U S Army Vietnam Era, was a retired millwright at the Celanese Plant at Narrows, was a 1966 graduate of Narrows High School, belonged to the VFW, American Legion, and DAV. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Colleen M. Coburn and her husband Marshall Coburn.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife Elizabeth Ratcliff Martin of 48 years; his sons and daughter-in-law Oakley L Martin, Jr. “Lenny” of Narrows, William Michael and Kristina Ratcliffe Martin of Pulaski, and Christopher Haven Martin, Sr of Narrows; his grandchildren Christopher Haven Martin Jr, Michaela Gabriell Martin, Isaac Martin, Benjamin Seth Martin, and Landon Jennings; his brothers and sisters-in-law Wayne and Carol Martin of Pearisburg, Rabbitt and Terry Martin of Pearisburg; Roger Martin of Narrows, Gary and Joyce Martin of Radford.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 7:00 pm in Riverview Baptist Church, Big Stony Creek Road with Pastor Shahn Wilburn officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 5 until 7 pm before the services. Burial will be in the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin at 1 pm on Friday. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Riverview Baptist Church ,Logan Whitt missionary or The War Memorial Park in Narrows. . The Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St in Pembroke is in charge of the arrangement. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.