Gatha Forehand Martin

Gatha Forehand Martin

June 6, 78,

Gatha Forehand Martin, 78, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center.

Gatha was born in Wayne County on August 15 1941 to the late Thomas Wiley Forehand and Maggie Davis Forehand. She was married for 56 years to the late Joe Fuller Martin who preceded her in death on April 27, 2016. Gatha had worked with Beneficial Finance in Goldsboro for over 25 years. She also worked with the House of Furniture in Fremont for over 30 years.

Gatha was a longtime member of the Pikeville Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church. She was devoted to her church, served as their piano player, choir director, and was involved in many other activities where she utilized her gifts and abilities to share the love of God. Gatha also had a great love for the children of the church and for many years she worked in their nursery where she nurtured each of the children. Above all, she loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gatha was affectionally known by many as Ma Ma. She will be missed.

A service to celebrate Gatha’s life will be Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM at Pikeville Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Whitfield officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday following the service at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Gatha is survived by her son, Jeffrey Martin and wife Sharon of Pikeville; grandsons, Corey Martin and wife Marie of Morrisville and Zachary Martin and wife Katie of Pikeville; great-grandchildren, Avalee, Charlee Ann, and Nolan; sisters, Gladys Goff, Louise Daw, Margie Daw and husband Rayburn, Chris Grimes, Juanita Bass and husband Billy, Atha Howell and husband Cleatus, and Tomi Harris and husband Larry.

Gatha requested no flowers and in her memory memorials may be given to Pikeville PFWB Church, P. O. Box 910, Pikeville, NC 27863.

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