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Donald Ray Martin

February 20, 1944 ~ June 8, 2017 (age 73)

On February 20, 1944 Donald "Duck" Ray Martin was born to the late Silas and Maybelle Martin.  He was a generous, simple man with simple wishes, dreams and aspirations.  He departed this walk of life Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Wayne UNC Health Care.


Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Princeton.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 p.m. until 2: 45 p.m. at the funeral home.


He was the husband of the late Eloise Gooding Martin, the father of Kenneth Ray Martin, Missy Brenner and Vincent Brenner.  He was a friend to many and a lover of the outdoors.


In his later years, his greatest pastime has been sitting on his front porch with his Bojangles tea and feeding the wild squirrels that would come on the porch to him to be fed.  He was so very close to many but not like he was with his brother, David.


Duck made friends everywhere he went.  You could only love him and his generous kind soul.  He was loved by many and missed by more.


In addition to his children; he is survived by his brothers, David Earl Martin and Milford Martin; four sisters, Marvolee Lee, Merline Jones, Thelma Rowe and Rhonda Davis; seven grandchildren, Jacob Moore, Krystal Martin, Tasha Anderson, Nicole Phillips, Richard Brenner, Shena Walton and Sheila Holland; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a special friend, Candy Martin and Duck’s pet squirrel, Henry


Duck was preceded in death by his wife, parents and a brother, Rayford Martin.


The family is in the care of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.

 Service Information

June 11, 2017

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Howell Funeral Home & Crematory
1500 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

Funeral Service
June 11, 2017

3:00 PM
Howell Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel
1500 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534

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