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“Thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Mrs. Martin was one of my teachers at the Old High School. She was always so energetic and...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Judy Stamper - Chilhowie, VA

“We are so sorry to learn of Grace's passing. A teacher who influenced so many students and a colleague who will be greatly missed. We are truly...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Mike and Brenda Blevins - Emory, VA

“Bob, John Wayne and families,You remain in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss.Our sympathy is extended to you,Wayne and Kate ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Kate Blevins - Chilhowie, VA

“Dear Bobby Lee & John Wayne & Families, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Grace. She was a wonderful and caring person. She will be...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Karla Bryant Everts - Bristol, TN

“Rick and I are both so sad to hear of Mrs. Martin passing. She was fun and very caring teacher. 7th grade just flew by when you were in her class....Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Rock and Betty Patrick - Atkins, VA

“John Wayne, Bob and family,So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I did not have her for a teacher, but I have heard she was one of the best. I...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Vicky & Weaver Cole - Chilhowie

“John Wayne and family. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all. She was a nice lady. U remember her from school and talking to my...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Tammy L. Martin - Meadowview, VA

“Seventh grade was my favorite year in elementary school, and Grace Martin was my teacher. She was fun and exciting, always having a fun story of her...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Charles amd Mamcy Goodman - VA

“Sheriff Fred Newman and the Members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to express their sympathy in the death of Grace Martin. If...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Sheriff Fred Newman - Abingdon, VA

“Sorry For Your Loss! ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: Thomas & Libby Widgeon

“Grace was a very special lady and will be missed by many My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May God give you peace and comfort. ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: Temple Mellinger - Glade Spring, VA

“In 1957 I first met Miss "Grace" in the metal hut that was her 7th grade class room--I was a scared little boy from North Carolina too whom she...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: kenneth presnell - VA - Friend

“My deepest sympathy to the family on Mrs. Martin's passing. She was my 7th grade teacher, and I have many fond memories of her. She was a wonderful...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Sandra Houck Taylor - Ocala, FL

“I have know her for years. I did not have her for A teacher but i was in school. I do know the Family. Praying for the Family. ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Erma Blevins - Chilhowie, VA

“John Wayne, so sorry to hear about your Mom. Thoughts and prayers with you and family. ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Joyce Cregger - Huntsville, AL

“Bob & John Wayne such wonderful memories of Mrs. Grace. I loved going to the house when I was young. My thoughts & prayers are with you. ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Sharon (Roland) Winebarger - VA

“Dear FamilySo sorry for your loss of Grace, yet your loss is heavens gain. She will be missed by so many. I know she is laughing and having a great...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Mike &Doris Blevins - Marion, VA

“Sorry to hear of her passing, she will be greatly missed ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Anna Lee French - Chilhowie, VA

“Ms Martin was an awesome teacher. Everyone loved her. R.I.P.sweet lady. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Deena Barron - Chilhowie, VA

“So sorry to learn of Grace's passing. May God give the family comfort and strength during this difficult time. ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Lou and Vickie Davidson - VA

“Bob, John Wayne and Families Aunt Grace was one smart, kind and beautiful person. You certainly are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Roger & Dixie MartinSeymour Seymour - VA


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Grace Elizabeth Martin, at the age of 97, went to be with her Savior Sunday evening, April 8, 2018. Born December 29, 1920 in Clinchburg, Virginia to John Emory Anderson and Flora Vina Barker Anderson, Grace was raised in Atkins then moved to Chilhowie upon her marriage to Robert Washington Martin where they established a thriving Angus beef cattle farm and a tobacco farm. Grace and Robert were blessed with two sons Robert (Bob) and John Wayne Martin. Grace graduated from Atkins High School in 1937 before attending Emory and Henry College earning a BA degree in education. Grace also earned her Master's in Education from the University of Virginia graduating at the Charlottesville campus in 1970. She spent her entire 30+ year teaching career in the Smyth County school system, both elementary and junior high school. Grace was also an active member of her church, Friendship Baptist on Loves Mill Road in Chilhowie. She also was an active supporter of the woman's factory, Buster Brown, who made piece work quilts and clothes and sold them for charity or donated them to those in need. Survivors include her sons, Bob Martin and daughter-in-law Catherine and John Wayne Martin; her grandchildren, Holly King and Jonathan Martin; four great-grandchildren, Shaylee Martin, Kenzie Martin, Jonah King, and Hannah King; her younger brother, John Carroll Anderson of Roanoke, as well as, several nieces and nephews and their families. Grace was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Martin; grandson, Marcus Martin; and two younger sisters, Anna Ruth Salmon and Opal Pauline Anderson. Funeral services will be 1 PM Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Friendship Baptist Church on Loves Mill Road in Chilhowie. Interment will follow in the family's farmland cemetery next to her husband. The family will receive friends from 11 until 1 PM prior to the funeral service at the church. Services will be conducted by Pastor David Gary, Pastor Paul Jones and her granddaughter Holly King giving the eulogy. Condolences can be made to the family online at www.williamsfuneralhomeofchilhowie.com. Williams Funeral Home of Chilhowie is serving the Martin Family.