John Michael Martin, 66, of Kow Camp Road in Pembroke departed this life Monday morning, November 20, 2017 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke after a hard-fought battle with leukemia. Born in Giles County on August 20, 1951 he was a son of the late Mark Wood Martin and Mary Virginia Sarver Martin. Mike was a 1970 graduate of Giles High School, was employed with Chemical Lime at Goldbond; and enjoyed working around his home and garage and being with his family. Most important he was a Christian, a member of Castle Rock Baptist Church in Pembroke where his cousin Gary Poff is Pastor. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Brenda Younce and Alma Huffman, his brother Ronnie Martin and his father-in-law B Walter Dowdy.
He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved and devoted wife of 43 years, Sarah Dowdy Martin; his son and daughter-in-law Chris and Shea Martin of Pembroke; his daughter and son-in-law Treva and Mike Deck of Pembroke; his grandchildren Cody Martin, Caleb Deck, and Hannah Deck; his sister Martha Brown of Pearisburg; his brothers and sisters-in-law Bill and Eloise Martin of Maryland and Donnie and Billie Martin of Pembroke; his mother-in-law Louise Cumbee Dowdy; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:00 pm in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg with Pastor Gary Poff officiating. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the American Cancer Society in Mikeís memory. At Mikesís request the arrangements are to be simple and no public viewing or visitation. Funeral arrangements are being made with The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.