Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA


Melvin J. Martin

March 27, 1938September 3, 2020

Melvin J. Martin, 82, of Amherst, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 at his residence. He was the devoted husband of Roberta Hudson Martin for sixty-one years.

Born March 27, 1938 in Amherst County, he was the son of the late Melvin Connie Martin and Patty Floyd Martin and was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia M. Bryant. He was retired from Lynchburg Foundry after more than 38 years of service and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Monroe.

Melvin enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all, enjoyed working on the family farm and taking care of his cattle.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Martin is survived by two sons, Tim Martin and wife Barbara and Dwayne Martin and wife Sylvia Anne, all of Amherst; three sisters, Hilda M. Bobbitt (Mineral) of Amherst, Ozelia M. Hamilton and special friend, Les of Madison Heights, and Barbara M. Turille (Stuart) of Lynchburg; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Amherst Cemetery with The Rev. Brian Clabough and The Rev. Dwayne Martin officiating.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the First Baptist Church of Monroe Building Fund.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittenmonelison.com.

Whitten Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Monelison Chapel is serving the family.


  • Roberta Hudson Martin, Wife
  • Melvin Connie Martin, Father (deceased)
  • Patty Floyd Martin, Mother
  • Timothy Martin (Barbara), Son
  • Dwayne Martin (Sylvia Anne), Son
  • Virginia Martin Bryant (Bryant), Sister (deceased)
  • Hilda Martin Bobbitt (Mineral), Sister
  • Ozelia Martin Hamilton (Special Friend, Les), Sister
  • Barbara Martin Turille (Stuart), Sister
  • Mr. Martin is also survived by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, September 5, 2020


Melvin J. Martin

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Anne Gay

September 6, 2020

Roberta and Family, I just heard of the passing of Melvin. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Angie, Barbara , and Alanna and Ryan May ,Turille, and Scheuermann

September 5, 2020

We all talk about how my Uncle Melvin was the sweetest man alive. When u were around Uncle Melvin you knew you were loved. He had a special love for his sisters. My Mom Barbara and he were very close and they would have done anything for each other when they were able. I guess that carried over to me, his niece and my daughter. He just really loved being with us and we loved when he was with us. He even took me hunting once when i was real little and had no idea what i was doing but it didn't matter because I was with My Uncle Melvin and just being with him was fun and such a blessing. We sat on a rock overlooking the beautiful meadow view never seeing any deer(which I was secretly glad of) and he sliced up some radishes out of his pocket as we just sat and talked!! That is One of my favorite memories! He was always yhere looking out for me on my horse and later in our lives loved showing my daughter the farm the same way he did for me and showed her his cows and baby calves and differnt things about the farm...letting us help feed the cows too. We always knew he was there looking out for us whenever we were visiting and we loved being with him driving in his truck on the farm. We had Thanksgivimg every year together because it just wasn't Thanksgiving if Uncle Melvin wasn't there. This year won't be the same...all of our hearts are very broken and he will be so missed. I will miss everything about him and when we are visiting at the farm again soon our hearts will be warmed with all our memories seeing him everywhere on the farm. I loved my Uncle Melvin so! We all did! My Mom is going to miss one of her favorite people in the world, I know, and he will always be in her and all of our hearts forever and ever. We Love u so much Uncle Melvin!

Zer Hamilton

September 5, 2020

To the family, We all know Melvin is in the arms of Jesus. My sweet Brother will be missed but we will see him again.

Henry Pollard

September 5, 2020


So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Henry and Becky Pollard

Wayne and Barbara Austin

September 5, 2020

Dwayne (Tree) and Tim (Twig), we are sorry for the lost of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Tears will be shed, but that's OK, because , " Jesus wept".

Martha Bryant

September 5, 2020

We loved to know kind, fun Melvin.
He always enjoyed talking to you about
Living in the country, church, family, singing, and encouragement to all.

He and Connie were painting at
Mom's, I would play piano, all singing the old gospel songs. He came to
Mt. Horeb homecoming services.
Good times and forever friends.

We send our love and prayers.

Martha Bryant and Esther Stinnett

Nettie Tomlin

September 4, 2020

Sorry to hear about Melvin. Phinia always thought a lot of him.

Polly and Johnny Wimer

September 4, 2020


We want you to know that we share in your loss of Melvin. He was a good and most kind man. May all your many years of marriage that holds fond memories and your faith in God sustain you during this difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,
Polly and Johnny Wimer
Monroe, Virginia

Larry Pollard

September 4, 2020

My heart is heavy to hear the passing of Mr. Martin. Our community has lost a great man, but heaven has gained a beautiful soul.
You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. If I can help the family, in any way, please let me know.

Larry Pollard

Noel Bowling

September 4, 2020

Roberta and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Melvin but in that you had lengthy marriage, he must have been an outstanding Husband and Father. God be with you during this time of loss (and forever).May he now be be in a better place with his faculties restored, I'll pray for you and your family, Noel


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