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Richard Martin, Jr, was born on November 15, 1945 in Gaston County, North Carolina to the late Richard Martin, Sr, and late Alma Faye Adams McDowell. Richard was called home peacefully to be with the Lord on Monday, May 28, 2018 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Richard attended school in the Gaston County school system. He was employed by Gaston Memorial Hospital as a technician in outpatient surgery where he retired after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Moloch Elks Lodge No. 468 and the Ebonettes and Company social club in Gastonia, North Carolina. Richard enjoyed tending to his flowers, playing cards with friends, had a passion for cars - especially his black 1987 T-topped Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and last but not least, he was a die-hard fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Richard leaves to cherish loving memories and precious moments to his loving wife of 21 years, Angela B. Martin, of Gastonia, North Carolina, one son, Reginald Hopkins (Rosalind), and one daughter, Samantha Hankerson (Angelo), of Gastonia, NC, and one step-son, Micheal Barnett, of Washington, DC, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He is survived by four sisters: Betty Martin Wertz, Barbara Jean Martin, Johnsie McLean, Diane Lathan of Gastonia, North Carolina, and two brothers: Charles Martin (Lorraine) and Larry Lathan of Gastonia, North Carolina, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral: Saturday; June 2, 2018; 3:00 p.m. Mt. Calvary Baptist Church-408 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia

Visiation: thirty minutes before the service at the church
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  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gregory Funeral Service
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    To Angie and Michael know that we are your Family and that You are in Our Prayers. We LOVE You. 🙏🏽🌹
    ~ Buster & Shannon Benton   Stanley, NC
  • Friday, June 1, 2018
    Please accept my sincere regrets for your loss. I know how difficult death can be to have to deal with. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God's word the bible provides us with comfort and hope in times such as these. Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more. This is especially comforting since we know this scripture has to be referring to the earth because these things don't exist in heaven.
    ~ Lisa L   Gastonia, NC
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    We're sorry to hear about your recent loss. May you find strength from the words of Philippians 4:13 which says: "For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power." What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez