William Donald Martin

William Donald Martin (“Donald”), 83, of Pembroke passed away on January 21, 2011 at Riverview Nursing Home in Rich Creek, VA. He was born on October 8, 1927 in Pembroke, VA, a son of the late John Frank Martin, Sr. and Clora Gay Cruise Martin. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army. Donald was a lifelong resident of Pembroke and a member of Pembroke First United Methodist Church since 1954, serving as Sunday School Superintendent for 28 years, a choir member and was active in many other church committees and activities. He also served the Town of Pembroke as Mayor for 28 years, from 1966-1994. He retired from Celanese Corporation of America after 42 years of employment. Donald was an avid golfer, enjoying memberships in both Giles Country Club and Castle Rock Golf Club for many years. He was a loving husband, wonderful father and devoted “Paw Paw”. Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, John F. Martin, Jr. (“Chink”) and Earl L. Martin, Sr.; his sisters and brothers-in-law Mary Preston M. and Ray Williams, Ruth M. and Everett S. Williams, Christine Martin, Lois M. and Roland Eaton and two infant siblings, Charles and Betty Martin. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Madeline Meredith Martin of Pembroke; his daughters and sons-in-law, Donna Carole and W.R. Johnston, Jr. of Pearisburg and Celia and Jay Hardwick of Blacksburg; his grandsons and “granddaughters”, Cris and Melissa Hardwick of Fredericksburg, VA and Russ and Brenda Johnston of San Diego, CA; his great-grandchildren, Jacob Dylan and Aiden Thomas Hardwick of Fredericksburg, VA and Kiera Giselle Johnston of San Diego, CA; his sisters and brother-in-law, Peggy M. and R.E. “Doby” Robertson of Salem, Sue M. Golden of Pembroke; two sisters-in-law, Louise Martin of Pearisburg and Eileen Martin of Vinton and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Dr. Kenneth Walker and all the staff at Riverview Nursing and Rehab Center, Rich Creek, VA for their kindness and wonderful care during Donald’s time there. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Pembroke First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 69, Pembroke, VA 24136. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 24, 2011 at Pembroke First United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM with Pastor Rob Lough and Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. Interment will follow at Birchlawn Burial Park, Pearisburg, VA. Visitation will be at Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke on Sunday, January 23, 2011 from 4 to 6 PM. The family is being served by Kendall Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com