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Thomas Dwayne Martin

September 17, 1961 — December 4, 2018

Thomas “Dwayne” Martin, 57, of Sophia WV, passed away on December 4, 2018, after a long illness, at the family farm on Spruce Run in Newport, Virginia.

Dwayne was the son of Kenneth Camden Martin and Mary Ann McElrath Veneri of Sophia. He was born on September 17, 1961 in Beckley, WV He was a lifelong resident of Sophia and was of the Christian faith.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; Cecil and Beulah Martin; maternal grandparents, Jesse and Anna McElrath; stepfather, Albert Veneri; brother, David Martin; cousin, Julie Calvert Wolfe; uncle, Bobbie Martin; and close friend, Ricky Lilly.

He is survived by his father, Kenneth Martin and his mother, Mary McElrath Veneri; sister-in-law, Teresa Martin; nephew, Drew Martin; niece, Heather Heath; great-nephew, Johnny Heath III; great-niece, Haylee Heath; aunt and uncle, Thora and Bill Sutherland and family; aunt and uncle, Jesse and Jimmy Calvert and family; aunt, Pat Martin Vass and family; and aunt, Sheila Martin and family.

Dwayne graduated from Independence High School. He graduated from auto mechanics school in Dunbar WV and later graduated from diesel mechanic school in Nashville TN. He was last employed as a truck driver at Mine Tek in Beckley, WV.

Dwayne was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also enjoyed riding his four-wheeler with his friends and family. He loved spending time with his niece and nephew, Haylee and Johnny.

Dwayne did not want any services and wanted to be cremated. The family will have a private memorial tribute for Dwayne at the farm in Newport, Virginia.

The family wants to thank all of the friends and family for the phone calls, texts and messages of condolences that we have received. Special thanks to his close friends; Terry Trotter, David and Scott Billings, Bink and Bud Boushley, Chuck Hall, Robert Hylton, Wayne Johnson, Kenny Lacy, Eddie Lowery, and many others!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home
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