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2/27/2022 5:06:00 PM
Joe Willard Martin
February 9, 1942 - February 27, 2022

CHERRYVILLE, N.C. - Joe Willard Martin, age 80, of East Academy St. passed away Sunday, February 27, 2022 at his residence.

He was born February 9, 1942 in Cleveland County to the late Henry and Rosie Earwood Martin. Joe retired after 28 years from Carolina Freight and went on to work a number of years cooking on the grill at Medical Center Pharmacy. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Joe enjoyed woodworking but his biggest passion was working on and restoring cars. He was also an artist who was very talented with drawing and sketching. He loved his little dogs, Rocky and the late Willie.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jerry and Harold Martin.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Nancella Harden Martin; son, Tracy Martin; brothers, Frank Martin, Tommy Martin, David Martin (Frances), Steve Martin (Sherry), John “Bud” Martin (Tippi), and Ronnie Martin (Teresa); sisters, Mary Champion and Dot Carter; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Bill Lowe officiating. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church sanctuary.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 107 W. Academy St. Cherryville NC 28021 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr. Shelby, NC 28150.

Condolences may be made to

Carpenter-Porter Funeral and Cremation Services of Cherryville, N.C. is serving the Martin family.

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