Alva Virginia Martin, 94, of Ripplemead, took her final journey to be with her Lord and family on Monday, May 24, 2010, from the new Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg. She was born in Ripplemead on July 4, 1915, a daughter of the late Harry and Della Fisher Douthat. He was also preceded in death by her husband, E. Howard Martin; sisters Lema Lambert, Geneva Philpott, Azell May and Betty Banta; brothers George Douthat and Harry M. Douthat. She was a life-long member of Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead.
She leaves to cherish her memory her son and daughter-in-law Garry and Betty S. Martin of Ripplemead; her grandson Kevin Martin and wife Jeanette of Ripplemead; her great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved Amber, Cory, and Zane Martin of Ripplemead; her great-great-granddaughter Jemma Shay Atwood of Rich Creek; and her brother Ray Douthat of Pembroke.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 8:00 PM in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with Pastor Shahn Wilburn officiating. Private interment services for the family will be in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg, Thursday morning at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends at the funeral home two hours before the services following a family meal in Alva’s honor at Riverview Baptist Church Fellowship Center. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Riverview Baptist Church Missions or Building Fund. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.