WALLACE, S.C. — Michael Dale Martin, formerly of Laurel Hill, died peacefully on Jan. 24, 2014 at the Carolinas Hospital in Florence, S.C. after an extended illness.
He was born on June 19, 1951, the youngest son of the late David B. and Mary Frances (Gardner) Martin, in Lincolnton. He was preceded in death by his brother Tom.
Mike grew up in the Laurel Hill community, attended the local schools, and graduated from Scotland High School where he was a superb athlete. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He was a lover of the outdoors and a lifelong fisherman who enjoyed all athletic competitions.
Mike is survived by his longtime companion Joyce Honeycutt. He also is survived by his sister Brenda Martin Newman of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and his brother Gus (Elaine) Martin of Raleigh. Other immediate family members include nieces Cindy De Los Santos Horton, Jennifer Martin Reel, and Sara Martin and nephews Marty De Los Santos and David Martin, as well as numerous cousins who loved him.
Mike was a friend to all and a gentle spirit. He spent most of his working life in commercial construction. He will be missed by all who knew him.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel with burial following in Hillside Memorial Park. Pastor David Shoemake of the Springfield Church of God will be officiating the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service on Sunday.
Condolences may be made online at richardbolesfuneralsevice.com.
Services entrusted to Richard Boles Funeral Service.