James Lynwood Martz

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Age 88, Stanley, Va.

James L. Martz, 88, of Stanley, went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 7, 2022, surrounded by his family. 

James was born on April 4, 1934, and was the son of Floyd and Lily Martz, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Lynn Martz. 

On April 5, 1958, James married Barbara Blanche Jenkins, who survives. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Jimmy and wife Annetta, and Greg and wife Jhenny Martz. James was blessed with six grandchildren, Brittney and boyfriend Charlie, Patrick and wife Angelica, Stephanie, Samantha and husband Aaron, Kolin and Jacob and three Great Grandchildren Brianna, Christian and Isabella. He is also survived by two sisters, Janice Seal and Phyllis Graff. 

James was an Army veteran and also a lifetime member of the Newport Church of the Brethren, where he was a deacon, trustee and Sunday school teacher. He was a loving and dedicated husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family. 

James held many jobs in his life starting out at the Newport News Shipyard; from there moving on to many jobs and industrial maintenance. He also started his own appliance repair business in 1980 and was a poultry farmer for Tyson/George’s for more than 30 years. His last public job was with Merck and Company. 
James continued farming until his health failed. It has been said by many over the years, he could fix anything. 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, at the Newport Church of the Brethren by Pastor Duane Painter and Keith Higgs. Burial will be in the St. Luke Cemetery at Alma in Stanley.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by The Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, Va.

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