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Edwin Gray Martin, 62, of Salisbury, passed away on Friday March 11, 2016 at his home surrounded by family. Mr. Martin was born on November 6, 1953 in Statesville, NC to the late Donald Connell Martin and Etta Bynum Martin.
Edwin was a member of First United Methodist Church of China Grove and retired from the J. F. Hurley YMCA in Salisbury. Prior to his work at the YMCA he was employed with Food Lion for over 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed his time there. He was very active in the community having been involved with the Kiwanis Club of Salisbury, the Charles Johnson Y Service Club, Association of YMCA Professionals, and the Special Olympics of Rowan County. Edwin also served on the ARC Board of Rowan County and was a Basketball Coach with the Special Olympics of Rowan County.
Even through death, Edwin donated what was needed to McLean Hospital, a research affiliate of the Harvard School of Medicine, to research his disease of Cortico Basal Degeneration to help find a cure.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Deborah Cupit Martin; sons, John Christopher Martin and wife Kelly of Lewisville, Brian Nicholas Martin and wife Amy of Statesville, Justin ”Jay” Neal Martin and wife Amanda of Yadkinville, Patrick James Smith and wife Venise of Salisbury, and Benjamin Edward Smith of Salisbury; a sister, Wanda A. Martin of Statesville; grandchildren, Riley Martin, Ryder Martin, Raven Martin, Braylee Martin, Camden Martin, Ella Gray Martin, Ryan Turner and wife Amanda, Tabitha Smith, Hunter Deal, and Megan Deal; one great grandchild, Brantley Turner; and many cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care (101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103) or to the J. F. Hurley YMCA (828 Jake Alexander Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28147).
The family would like to thank the entire staff of Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care and the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House for their wonderful care during the last few months.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury is serving the Martin family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.