Cecil and Bernice were well know and loved - legends in their own right in the Thornhill community of McComas. 

Bluefield Daily Telegraph Tuesday Oct 23, 2001



PRINCETON – Cecil Martin, 85, of 300 Timber Hill Drive, Princeton, died on Sunday, Oct 21, 2001 at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton.


Born May 9, 1916, in McComas, he was a son of the late Charles Moyer Martin Sr. and Nina Landreth Martin.


Mr. Martin had been a resident of Princeton for 16 years and had formerly made his home in McComas.  He was a retired coal miner and was the owner and operator of Martin’s General Store in McComas for 35 years.  He was a member of the U.M.W.A., member of the Bluefield Moose Lodge, veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Montcalm United Methodist Church.


In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, SP4 Darrell Gene Martin; and a brother, Henley Martin.


Survivors include his wife, Bernice Shutt Martin of Princeton; sons James Edward Martin and wife, Judy of Hartsville, S.C. and William C. Martin and wife, Judy Judy of Caren, N.C.; sisters Virginia Kay Hunt of Abingdon, VA and Freda J. Aliff and husband William of Meadowview, VA; brothers Charles M. Martin, Jr of Bluefield, Alvah Martin and wife, Geneva of Wilmington, NC, and James Martin Sr. and wife Glenna of Bluefield; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at  Craven-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with the Revs. David Ratcliff and Paul Hall officiating.


Entombment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Bluewell.


The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. today.


Michael Martin, Scott Martin, Travis Martin, and Gino Giovati will serve as pallbearers.




Bluefield Daily Telegraph  Monday, Mar 12, 2007

                   BERNICE SHUTT MARTIN
Bernice Shutt Martin, 90, of 300 Timber Hill Drive, Princeton, and formerly of McComas, died on Saturday, March 10, 2007, in a Princeton hospital.

Born on June 26, 1916 in Sandlick, she was a daughter of the late Nelson and Nora Bowman Shutt. She had been a lifelong resident of Mercer County. She and her husband were owners of Martin's General Store for 35 years in the community of Thornhill and McComas. She was a member of Montcalm United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women's Organization, Green Valley Women's Club, and past matron and 50 year member of the Eastern Star, Rock Chapter 130. She was a graduate of McComas High School and attended Concord College.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Martin in October, 2001; and a son, Darrell Martin, killed in action, 1965, in Vietnam.

Survivors include two sons, James Martin and wife Judy of Hartsville, S.C., William Martin and wife Judy of Cary, N.C.; three granddaughters; three grandsons; 11 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; one sister, Marie Foy of Orlando, Fla.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Rev. Paul Hall officiating. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell where friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home where the Rock Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the Martin family.