Jack Curtis Martin

October 24, 1930October 13, 2020

Jack Curtis Martin left the pain and futility of this world and joined the Church Triumphant on October 13, 2020. He was born in Greensboro and was the youngest of ten children.

Jack married the love of his life, Bettie Ione Bulla Martin, on July 12, 1953. They had one beautiful red-haired daughter, Sheila Michelle.

Jack enthusiastically served his country during the Korean War. He was stationed at Fort Bragg and was part of the founding class of The 77th Special Forces Group (Airborne), commonly known as the Green Berets.

After his military service, Jack trained as a barber. He worked at Friendly Hair Care for over 50 years, faithfully serving his customers, many of whom sat in his chair for decades, becoming like family.

Jack was a true southern gentleman. He was loving, slow to anger, and abounding in grace and patience. He always saw the best in others and rarely became angry, even when wronged. He enjoyed traveling with Bettie, reading American history, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pink Lindley Martin and Clara Rooker Martin, and his nine siblings, Mang, Ben, Ed, Thelma, Ione, Bill, Violet, P.L., and Helen. His wife Bettie preceded him in December 2006.

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Martin Gardner and husband Jeff of Waxhaw, NC, and two grandchildren, Jake Gardner and Ashley Gardner, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate Jack's life will be held at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel on Sunday, October 18 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends at 1:30, prior to the service. Masks will be required and social distancing will be observed.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, October 18, 2020



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Lee Norman

October 16, 2020

A great friend started cutting my hair September 1956 stayed with Jack till he retired. A great barber but much much more his family on Brice St. I took job with Vick's located on Milton St over. Had visited Jack few times at his home Guilford college He has many friends will miss Jack, best regards to his family. Lee Norman

Vickie Currin

October 16, 2020

So sorry to hear Jack has left us, so glad heaven has a new resident. I worked with Jack at Friendly Hair Care for almost four years. He was a southern gentleman in every way. I'll never forget him. Condolences to his family and all who loved him. May you find "the peace that surpasses all understanding". God bless.


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