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Ellis Martin

LAWNDALE - Mr. Ellis Martin, 76, of Sugar Hill Road, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at Cleveland Pines Nursing Center.

A native of Cleveland County, he was born Feb. 22, 1925, the son of the late David "Dave" and Blumo Doris Lewis Martin. He retired from J.P. Stevens in Shelby and later worked for Sherman Textiles in Lincolnton. He was a member of Plains View Baptist Church where he was a former deacon, and a member of Disabled American Veterans. He served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater and received two purple hearts.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thurman Reed Martin and J.T. Martin.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Shuford Martin of the home; one daughter and one son-in-law, Carolyn and Don Dillingham of Grover; one sister, Mae Lena Brittain of Lawndale; two granddaughters, Kimberly Cloyd and her husband, Ray, of Gastonia and Rhonda Benfield and her husband, Chris, of Lawndale; one great-granddaughter, Rebecca Benfield; and two great-grandsons, Joshua Cloyd and Matthew Cloyd.

The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Plains View Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Ewing and Charles "Buddy" Freeman. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the service. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30 to 8 at Stamey Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Plains View Baptist Church, 1413 East Stagecoach Trail, Lawndale, NC 28090; or to American Diabetes Association, North Carolina Affiliate Inc., 3109 Poplarwood Court, Suite 125, Raleigh, NC 27604-1043.