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Shirlow Powell

Alfred Shirlowe Powell

04/22/1933 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/24/2018

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Timothy Wayne Bartholomew

12/11/1951 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/24/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Betty Jane Jordan

04/23/1927 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/23/2018


Bobby Stuart Ferrell

06/15/1956 ~ 06/19/2018

Services will be held: 06/22/2018


Michael Todd Coleman

04/16/1964 ~ 06/18/2018

Services will be held: 06/26/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Cindy Marie Allen

03/11/1958 ~ 06/18/2018

Services will be held: 06/21/2018

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Ronnie Burton Coats

02/12/1950 ~ 06/15/2018

Services will be held:


Linda Mayo

05/10/1943 ~ 06/15/2018

Services will be held: 06/19/2018

William Van “Bill” Martin

Wm Martin

12/29/1960 ~ 06/20/2017

William Van Martin (“Bill”) passed away on June 20, 2017 at his residence in Benson, NC. He was a loving father, artist, devoted friend, and talented musician.

Bill was the rock to his family – the person they turned to as a confidante and compassionate listener. With this came the role of handyman as well – Bill was the guy who would happily paint a wall, fix a car, or hang a shelf.

For decades Bill worked in television media, but his true passion was music. He spent his evenings and weekends composing and playing songs that his friends and family describe as amazing, lively, and diverse.  It was common for him to call just to play something new. And, he might be shredding on a guitar, serenading on a piano, or picking a mandolin. As a talented artist, who followed in his mother’s foot steps, Bill also excelled at drawing and painting – capturing the essence of those around him with pencils on canvas.

Bill was most excited to become a grandfather in August of this year.

He is survived by daughter Rebecca Louise Pastrana, whom he called ‘Weezy’ (husband Marco Antonio Pastrana); father, Henry Marshall Martin, Sr.; brother, Henry Marshall Martin, Jr.; and two sisters, Kathryn Sonia Holliday and Elisabeth M. Ellinger. His mother, Barbara Kleinert Stallings, preceded him in death in 2013.

Services to honor his life and his family will be held Monday, June 26 at First Baptist Church of Garner 601 St. Mary’s Street Garner, NC 27529. Visitation begins at 12:30 p.m. with a service to follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Travis Tobin as the officiant.



12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

First Baptist Church of Garner
601 Saint Mary's Street Garner, NC



2:00 PM

First Baptist Church of Garner
601 Saint Mary's Street Garner, NC


  1. Michele Gordon

    My thoughts are with. You and. Your family at this most difficult time. May the sun shine on this day to let you know your Daddy is looking down on you. And tommorrow be a rainbow for all the wonderful memories. I will be thinking of you. Love you and Marco all my love Grandma Michele

  2. Michele Gordon

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. May the sun shine on this day. To let you know your daddy is looking down on you. And may there be rainbows tomorrow for all the memories you shared. Hope you find peace. Sending prayers and hugs. All my love Grandma Michele

  3. Luanne Robinson Mack

    You have been my friend for 38 years and I will always treasure you. I have wanted to phone you everyday since you left. I love you. I will miss you. You are truly one of a kind! How can I say good bye to my best friend? We will see one another again, promise. I will attend your memorial but give me a sign, please. I love you, Bill.

  4. Emily Martin

    Oh, Dear Bill! I hold such sweet memories of you coming to visit and of you sharing your wonderful love of music with all of us!! There is no doubt in my mind that you are standing before your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ right this moment, praising Him with instruments far more majestic even than the guitar, the violin, the piano, and the mandolin. What I wouldn’t give to hear you again in symphony, bursting forth in your highest form of praise -unrestricted, unrestrained, and totally free!

    You were the best brother-in-law ever, and I’m sure that if we’d been able to see your heart from the inside, it was made of the purest solid gold.

    You will always be loved and held in the fondest of memories!


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