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Katherine Vaughan Martin

January 8, 1935February 25, 2021

Katherine Vaughan Martin, 86, a lifelong resident of Williamsburg, passed away on February 25, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alonzo T. and Mattie Vaughan; her siblings, Elizabeth V. Mingus, Jack T. Vaughan, Virginia V. Wallace, and Barbara V. West; as well as her high school sweetheart and the father of her children, Lester Eugene Martin, who she will be reunited with.

Katherine was the office manager for Williamsburg Merchants, and retired after 49 years of service on May 12, 2017. She loved her work, and remained employed full-time until she was 82 years old. She was also a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Above all else, she cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She will be missed by her sons, Lester Eugene Martin Jr. (Frank Stertz) and Douglas Gary Martin (Andrea); daughter, Diana Martin Williams (Douglas); grandchildren, Casey Thrift, Kyle Mcallister, Gary Allen Gaines, Brett Martin, Brooke Martin, Lane Thompson, and Kimberly Tooley; six great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Joyce Robertson and Margaret Salyer.

A graveside service will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 16 at Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King William Drive, Williamsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021


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Billie Connelly

March 30, 2021

I am deeply saddened at Katherine's passing. Something told me today she had passed away and to look up her obituary. I have fond memories of Katherine & being in Williamsburg at Mema's. My sincerest condolences to her family. I know she will be missed by many.

Lynda Woodruff

March 1, 2021

My two sisters and I grew up in Williamsburg and attended school with the Vaughn family. When I visited my sister at Spring Arbor, each time I saw Katherine in the gathering area or coffee room, she always waved to me and smiled. I ran into Gary a few times as well. We send our condolences, prayers and sincere sympathy to the entire family as you travel this difficult road.

Debra Dike

February 28, 2021

I am sorry for the loss of your Mother.

Lane Beasely

February 28, 2021

I can still see Kate and Casey dancing at Casey and Bryan’s wedding. They were both so happy!

John E Bailey

February 27, 2021

Aunt Katherine was always smiling and happy and I always got a big hug from her. I found this poem and though it appropriate for Aunt Katherine:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.


February 26, 2021

My sincere condolences to the whole family. I remember seeing Katherine quite often when I worked at the Peninsula Bank and Trust Co. on Duke of Gloucester St. Bibby, Joyce and Lester her beautiful smile and wonderful laugh will light up the heavens. I know you all will miss her greatly.

Cynthia Hudgins

February 26, 2021

I will miss you...The General of our family. May you rest peacefully in the arms of so many that have gone before you..