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Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 Southeast Maynard Road, Cary, NC

OBITUARY

David Julian Martin Sr.

February 15, 1928November 4, 2019
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David Julian Martin, 91, faithful follower of his Lord Jesus Christ, beheld the radiant light of his Savior’s face on Monday, November 4th, 2019 as he was joyfully welcomed into eternity after a monumental life in Cary, NC. David and his wife, Marilyn Martin, who resided in Cary for over 65 years, are now reunited together in the presence of the King, where their faith has become sight and they await the day that Christ complete’s His work on earth.

David was born in Seagrove, N.C. to William Lafayette Martin and Euva Perry Martin, but moved to Cary, NC at a young age, a place that he would passionately refer to as the “next best thing to Heaven.” Gifted with a remarkable work ethic, the trials of intense childhood poverty prepared him for a life of hard work-- beginning with providing for his widowed mother and 3 siblings, his service to his country in the US Coast Guard, loving and caring for his wife Marilyn and six children, and finally, his faithful and diligent service to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in virtually numberless ways.

David served the larger community in Cary, NC by constructing the area’s first shopping mall, South Hills Mall and Plaza, on his land on Buck Jones Road. In addition to other developments, David constructed the Cary subdivision of Triangle Forest and University Apartments in Raleigh. He was among the first to recognize the beauty and desirability of Cary and to eagerly anticipate the growth that the town continues to experience.

David would faithfully serve and worship the Lord at First Baptist Church in Cary, NC, and also through his service in the Gideon’s International. He would routinely share the good news of Christ’s amazing grace to those imprisoned at Polk Youth Center, the Women's Prison and the Wake County Jail, as well as at the Induction Center in Raleigh, N.C. where young people were beginning their service in the U.S. Military. A generous giver of his time and money, he served his Lord not only in giving to his home church, and in building numerous local church buildings, but also in donating his land for the buildings of Hope Community Church and Grace Christian School. His faith and love for Christ was bold and without reservation, until his dying day, when his daughters, son and grandchildren faithfully served him with prayer and scripture, witnessing the Holy Spirit’s faithfulness until his final day here in Cary.

David's wife, Marilyn Broadwell Martin, passed away suddenly on Sept. 20, 2019. He is also predeceased by his grandson Parker Stephenson. He is survived by his son, David Martin Jr., his five daughters and son-in-laws, Donna & Eric Evenson, Dotty & Jeff Reintgen, Dale & Bob Dascombe, Diane & Will Stephenson, and Debbie & Steve Salek, as well as 20 Grandchildren, and 13 Great-Grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Euva Freeze and Martha (Joe) Grissom, his brother Billy (Betty) Martin and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday evening from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm at the First Baptist Church in Cary. They request that the hour of 5:00-6:00 be reserved for their elderly friends. A celebration of David’s life will be held at First Baptist Church Cary at 1:00 on Monday, November 11th. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

Donations may be made to Grace Christian School (1101 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, 27606), First Baptist Church (218 S. Academy St., Cary 27511), Hope Community Church (821 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh 27606) or to the Gideons International.

Services

  • Visitation for the Elderly Community Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, November 11, 2019

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Brenda Bowden, Town of Cary

November 13, 2019

My condolences to the entire family. Mr. Martin will truly be missed. Praying for peace and comfort during the difficult days ahead.

Brenda Bowden

November 13, 2019

My heart was saddened to hear of Mr. Martin's passing, but yet I rejoice to know he's now with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I first met Mr. Martin at the Town of Cary, where he came to do business. I later witnessed him come to our church in SE Raleigh to distribute Bibles. Whenever I would see him, he was always very kind and pleasant. He will truly be missed.

judy mcclure

November 10, 2019

David and Marilyn and the children were members at Athens Drive Bpt Church. it was a sad day when we realized they were moving their membership to First Baptist in Cary. We knew the Lord had great, great plans for him there and the City of Cary. David was a fun person to know. I recall the night the Girls Auxiliary had a sleep-over in the fellowship building at Athens Drive. Sometime in the early evening we heard unbelievable noise all around the building. David had recruited several members to play peek-a-boo and give the girls a good scare. David loved everybody and everybody loved David. It really was a privilege to know him. I can only imagine the reunion of Marilyn and David!!!!!!!

RICHARD HINKLEY

November 10, 2019

I remember going to South Hills mamm as a young man back in the 70's. Went to school in Cary with his daughter.

Rodney Baker

November 9, 2019

“Jesus Lover” is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Mr. Martin. He always made time for me whenever I called and was a true friend. I will never forget his pulling out a small memo pad or small Gideon Bible from his shirt pocket, spontaneous lunch invitations to D&S cafeteria, kind letters with a check to buy my girls a dress, generous donation of land to Grace School and Hope Community Church, and being there when Pastor John Goss and my parents passed away. Also, etched in my mind is that inevitably every conversation I can recall having with him was either spiritual in nature or would include the topic of talking to people about Jesus. I love this soul winning man of God and I am eternally grateful for the “iron sharpening iron” conversations we had over the course of 35 years on earth. I look forward to worshiping Jesus with Mr. and Mrs. Martin forever in Heaven. What a blessed lineage you have to carry on. My prayer is that you will feel the enveloping, loving, comforting presence of the Holy Spirit during this time.

Diane Stephenson

November 9, 2019

Seek God First , be kind to everyone and work hard !!! The list could go on and on. Dad loved the Lord and shared the gospel with everyone he met. The first question he would ask others to start the conversation was “ what church do you attend?” He would invite others to his church or to my church and hand them a turquoise business card and would tell the person to contact him if they ever needed anything !! ( he didn’t care what time of the day it was if someone needed him he was available). I will miss you dad and mom! Give Parker a kiss from me! Your child number 5~ Diane

Keith Harrod

November 7, 2019

I’ve known David since the mid 50’s and know him as a true Christ follower who shared his faith openly and without hesitation. A truly unique man who’s witness will live on. Quite a character as well - to put it mildly.

Sandy Hogue

November 6, 2019

The first time Joe and I met David Martin was in our backyard; he had come to buy a refrigerator we were selling. Earlier that morning, my husband, Joe (a young man in his 30's), had surrendered his life to Jesus and decided to just believe His promise that if he would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior, he indeed would be saved. As we stood by the picnic table that sunny day, David asked Joe if he were to die today, would he go to heaven. Joe was quiet for a moment and then confessed that if he had come earlier in the day, he would have said "no", but since making that decision right in his own kitchen hours before David came, he knew now that he was truly saved and would spend eternity with Christ. This decision was greeted with a hearty laugh and that day Joe had a new brother in Christ and the first man to hear his confession of faith. David began to take Joe with him to the County Jail to share Christ, introduced him to The Gideons International ministry, and was very instrumental in leading him into prison ministry. David spoke at Joe's funeral. There's not room here to relay all the ways David Martin touched our lives. My heart is full of praise to God for the precious life of David Martin. Grateful, Sandy Hogue

Barbie Creech

November 6, 2019

I am so sad to learn that we have lost such a wonderful man. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the Martin family for many years, I consider myself very fortunate to call them friends. David was a great person who di so much for so many.

Warren & Marie Evans

November 6, 2019

It was always a joy to see Mr. Martin out and about! He always had a word for everyone and truly exemplified the true Christian example! Our 14 year old grandson, Wyatt Evans, was privileged to talk with him while at Bojangles in Cary! He was impressed with the caring spirit of Mr. Martin and we have a picture of them together! Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during these difficult days! Thankful we will see him again one day!

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