Santford “Sandy” Martin, beloved father and “Poppy,” passed away Friday, July 5, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. Sandy was born in Wilkes County on May 30, 1945.

He is survived by wife of 39 years, Mary Martin; his daughters, Louise Morgan-Taylor (Bill) of Martinsville, Ind., Mistilina Borders (Seth) of Ronda, Tashalina Farrish (William) of Wilkesboro and Sandra J. Martin (Kevin) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and his son, Sam Martin (Nicole) of Martinsville, Ind.

Sandy was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a great success; he lived well, laughed often and loved much. He gained the respect of men and the love of his children, 21 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He fulfilled his tasks here on earth. He was a man who left the world better than he found it, who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had. He will be missed by so many. “Say not in grief ‘he is no more,’ but in thankfulness that he was.”

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