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Charles C. Martin

06/27/1949 - 03/27/2024


Obituary For Charles C. Martin

Mr. Charles C. Martin respectfully passed away on Wednesday morning, 2:26 am on March 27, 2024, at Christiana Hospital. Born in Franktown, Virginia June 27, 1949, he was the son of the late Charles Buddy Martin and Elizabeth Tankard Martin.

Charles C. Martin was reared in a loving and caring family who loved him very much. He was educated in the Northampton County School District. He was a very hard worker at Northampton Accomack Memorial Hospital until he retired.

Charles loved favorite to take care of his car by washing and waxing it every day. He enjoyed looking at all types of sports as a hobby and socializing with all his friends at the corner store.

Charles C. Martin was a member of Bethel Church in Franktown, Virginia.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Sarah Tankard Ames; nephew, Michael Eugene Tankard; brothers-in-law, Robert Foster, James L. Baines, and Melvin Leroy Ames.

Left to cherish warm and loving memories are three sons, Anthony Charles Cunningham, Milwaukee, WI, Jonathan Sledge of Maryland, Aaron Martin (Monique), and Elizabeth City, NC; one daughter, Erika Hughes, Norfolk, VA; grandchildren, Zay Martin, Jordan Martin, Monica Watkins, and Ariya Morant; two sisters, Elizabeth Alberta Foster, Middletown, DE, and Annie Lucille Baines, Fayetteville, NC; nephews, Lydell Baines (Lukisha), of Waldorf, MD, Mark Keith Ames, Dover, DE, and Wayne Ames, Magnolia, DE; and niece, Shymaine “Pat” Baines Hall (Jimmie), of Charleston, SC; and a host of cousins and friends.

We all will miss Charles C, but his cousin Pattie was very special to him, bringing joy to him when he was sad or needed a good laugh.

Thanks to his special friend Janice Walter of Exmore, VA, for her generosity toward our brother in his time of need.

Proverb 17:17 – A true friend shows Love all the time.


On behalf of the family, we would like to extend our sincere thanks for all the love, prayers, and phone calls during our time of bereavement. May God Jehovah richly bless each of you.

Revelations 21:3-4 – Jehovah God will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more.


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Why is having a funeral ceremony important?

Throughout human history, and around the globe, people have gathered together to acknowledge the death of a member of the community. No matter who the deceased was, a funeral ceremony is the one (and sometimes the only) opportunity for everyone to come together to acknowledge their death, recognize the community's shared loss and share the burden of grief.

What is the average cost of a funeral service?

The National Funeral Directors Association states the national median cost of a funeral details the average costs of a funeral in 2012: $7,045 (however, if a burial vault is required by the cemetery–and it usually is–the median cost can rise as high as $8,343). These statistics aside, the cost of a funeral service is wholly dependent on the specific services and products selected by the family member(s) responsible for making funeral arrangements. Your funeral director will thoroughly explain all options, ask the important questions about your family's budget restrictions; and otherwise do everything he or she can to provide you with a funeral, memorial service or celebration-of-life that meets your emotional and social needs, all the while staying in line with your financial expectations

How does the cost for a funeral ceremony compare to the cost of a memorial service or celebration-of-life?

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Who should be invited to a funeral?

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Is it necessary to have flowers at the ceremony?

Flowers create a background of warmth and beauty which adds to the dignity and consolation of the funeral service. "Necessary" may not be the right word; but there's no doubt flowers at a funeral or other end-of-life ceremony serve many valuable purposes including a means of a visual expression of sympathy, love and respect or a means of lending support.

What's involved in preparing the body for viewing at a visitation or funeral?

The preparation of the deceased can involve a number of different tasks performed by trained and licensed embalmer and restorative artists. Without going into too much detail; the body is temporarily preserved by embalming, refrigeration, or a combination of the two. It is washed, dressed and otherwise groomed; then placed in the chosen casket for viewing. Should you wish to know more about the process, contact us. There are also many excellent articles online describing the process in greater detail.

If it makes people uncomfortable, why is it necessary to view the body in the casket?

Human beings are interesting creatures: sometimes we need to see in order to truly believe. It's a way of confirming the fact that, indeed, this individual is dead; but it's also an opportunity to say your "good-byes". You may find it a cathartic time where you can quietly share a long-held secret, let go of any anger or resentment, and otherwise come to terms with their death.

How can I best prepare my children to attend a funeral?

When asked this question, we like to tell people it's best done with honesty and awareness. Let them know basically what they can expect. Advise them there will be people there who will be sad and may cry openly; tell them there will be time for some people to stand up and talk about how much they loved the person (but they won't be required to do so). Let them ask all the questions they need to ask, reassure them you'll be right next to them throughout the experience. Never force them to go to a funeral, and always give them the opportunity to change their mind about attending.

What is a celebrant?

The Celebrant Foundation and Institute define celebrants as "trained professionals who believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to serve basic needs of society and the individual. The Celebrant's mission is to help the client create a ceremony that reflects his or her beliefs, philosophy of life, and personality." A life-cycle celebrant is especially valuable when a family has no religious affiliations or ties to a clergy person or minister who can officiate the funeral service, but involving a celebrant in the funeral planning process has been found to enhance the funeral experience for all concerned. "The Celebrant comes to the table with no agenda," shares the Institute's website, "and no preconceived notion of what the ceremony should or must look like. Instead, through careful interviewing, the Celebrant elicits what is meaningful for each client." If you think hiring a celebrant is the right for your family's situation, contact us for more details.

How long is a funeral service?

Simply put, "it depends on the service". Just as no two movies or novels are the same length or cover the same emotional ground; no two end-of-life ceremonies are the same.

Must I wear black to the funeral ceremony?

Black used to be the only color to wear to a funeral; but not anymore. Today things are less formal than they once were, and it's not totally uncommon for families to ask prospective guests to altogether avoid wearing black clothing. Should you have additional questions about funeral attire or etiquette, please contact us.

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