Iris Garrett Martin

January 26, 1929February 14, 2021

Iris Garrett Martin of Madison Heights, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Born in Madison Heights, January 26, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Reuben Stark Garrett and Laverna Dickerson Garrett.

Iris and her late husband, John Louis Martin, owned and operated Martin’s Store in Madison Heights for 55 years. She was a lifelong member of Union Christian Church. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda M. Maddox; her brother, Reuben H. Garrett and her sisters, Helen G. Ranson, Effie G. Pollard, Betty G. Sligh and E. Lorena Garrett.

Iris is survived by her daughter, Patricia Martin Brockman of Amherst; her sister, Marie G. Harris of Madison Heights; her son-in-law, Bill Maddox of Madison Heights and three grandchildren, Brenton Martin Maddox, Anne-Simms Brockman Deacon and John Michael Maddox and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Union Christian Church Cemetery with Pastor Jim Freeman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union Christian Church, 160 Parsonage Rd., Madison Heights, VA 24572.

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  • John Louis Martin, Husband (deceased)
  • Patricia M. Brockman, Daughter
  • Linda M. Maddox, Daughter (deceased)
  • Brent Maddox, Grandson
  • Anne-Simms Brockman Deacon (Matthew), Granddaughter
  • John Maddox, Grandson
  • Marie G. Harris, Sister
  • Reuben H. Garrett, Brother (deceased)
  • Helen G. Ranson, Sister (deceased)
  • Effie G. Pollard, Sister (deceased)
  • Betty G. Sligh, Sister (deceased)
  • E. Lorena Garrett, Sister (deceased)

  • Union Christian Church


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021


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Wilbert Butler

February 19, 2021

Bishop Dr. Dwight & Pastor Connie Butler and the Faith City Church family would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to all of the family and friends of Iris Garrett Martin, and our deepest sympathy to her daughter Patricia Martin Brockman.
• Let these words from Isaiah 61:3 Bless you: to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.

She was a planting of the Lord. As Miss Martin’s neighbor it was a blessing to have her and her late daughter Linda M. Maddox welcome us in the neighborhood 10 years ago. We would at occasions have time to chat an discuss matters of concern in the world. She always had great insights. I am grateful to have known her. She will be missed.
We at Faith City Church, mourn with you. And want you to know that we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with to Lord.” We shall meet her again in Heaven with all who call on the name of the Lord Jesus as their savior.
P.S. If there is anything, we can do to help at this time of grief, please let us know.

Bishop W. Dwight& Pastor Connie Butler

Walter Mason

February 17, 2021

Mr. and Mrs. Martin were wonderful people. Mrs. Martin would always offer me a cookie at Martins store. She always had a big smile and a kind word. She will be missed by all that knew her.

Rita Abbott

February 17, 2021

Pat, I am so sorry to read about your mom's passing. Your family has endured so much, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Praying for you and your family.

Wanda Campbell

February 17, 2021

Patricia, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I am praying for you and your family.

Suzanne Bryant

February 17, 2021

Patricia & Family,
Jerry & I were very sad to hear of Iris’s passing. She was such a caring person and always the first to show up with flowers when you lost a loved one or needed help with just about anything. She had such a big heart and a lot of love to give to her family and friends.
I will remember Iris the most when she and John ran Martin’s store. It was a a big part of my life. I still miss that store to this
day. When I was a young, mother with two toddlers, I would put them in their little red wagon and stroll them down to the store to pick up some milk and eggs. Iris would always greet us with her beautiful smile, play with my little ones, and give us the news of the week. Then, later in my life, when I taught John Michael preschool and Brent guitar lessons she would come by to pick them up and stay for a chat or bring lovely gifts for all the holidays, That’s just the kind of loving and giving person she was.
So, rest in peace, Iris. I know that you, John, Kendall, and Linda will be watching over Patricia and her family until you all will be together again.
Love, ❤️
Jerry & Suzanne Bryant

Sarah Nicely

February 16, 2021

Remember eating lunch at Wendy ever Wed. Sorry for your loss.

James Cash

February 15, 2021

Sorry for the loss of Iris as she was a neighbor for over 30 years, but she was known by our family many years prior when she and John ran the store on Rt. 29. She was always friendly and I admired the way she dressed and presented herself to the public. I will miss seeing her come to the mailbox and her gentle wave. God bless all the family.

Love In Christ, Jim and Faye Cash