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Obituary for Charles R. Martin

Charles Raymond Martin, born July 17, 1926 in Shimpstown, Montgomery Township, Franklin County, PA and graduated to his heavenly home April 3, 2022 at his residence in Chambersburg, PA.
Born to Amos Peter Martin and Anna Mary Shelley, Charles was the youngest of 8 sons.
Charles attended Montpelier School in Montgomery Township through the 8th Grade. He later completed his GED and ministry school for ordination.

Charles married Hilda Lorraine Niswander on November 19, 1947. They were married 27 years until she passed on December 11, 1973. To this union were born Shirley Lorraine Pittman (David) of Fort Loudon, PA, Dwaine Charles Martin (Roberta) of Chambersburg, PA, Terry Lee Martin of Harrisburg, PA and James Anthony Martin (Kelli) of Fort Loudon, PA. An infant son, Perry Lynn, twin of Terry, died at birth.

Charles married Evelyn Good Hege Lehman of Chambersburg, PA on December 20, 1975. They were married 43 years until Evelyn passed on March 15, 2018.

Charles was a dairy farmer in his younger years until Hilda passed. He then worked for Peters Township for a few years before selling Surge dairy products.

At age 29, Charles was called to the free ministry in the Church of the Brethren and willingly served Back Creek Congregation and Brandts Church for over 66 years. His passion was for others to know the peace, joy and hope that comes from a life surrendered to Jesus.

Charles and Evelyn owned Sunny Side Antiques until her passing, then Charles continued Sunny Side Antiques, being open 6 days a week until his age 93. Sunny Side Antiques gave opportunity for many lasting friendships over the years. Charles enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his children, Charles is survived by grandchildren: Shane (Tina) Peck; Shawn (Diane) Peck; David (Christine) Pittman; Angela (Joseph) Hardison; Jonathan (Danielle) Martin; Kristin (Paul) Lundy; Elizabeth (Luis) Vanderhorst, Caleb Charles (Lawson) Martin, Micah Martin, and Rachel Evelyn Martin, and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.
Charles is survived by 2 sisters-in-law, Virginia Hege and Connie Niswander and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his 7 brothers Paul Revere, Christian Daniel, Wilbur Lloyd, James Nelson, Russell Shelly, Edgar John, Jacob Earl, grandsons, Joel (Kristen Tyler) Martin and Michael Pittman.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday April 9, 2022 at 10 am at Brandts Church in Saint Thomas, PA with a meal to follow.

Viewing and visitation will be Friday April 8, 2022 from 3 – 5 pm and 6-8 pm at Brandts Church. Burial will be at Saint Thomas Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorial Donations to his favorite charities:

Brandts Church
8003 Brandts Church Rd.
Saint Thomas, PA 17252

Samaritans Purse
PO Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 262-1980

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
303 East Wacker Drive
Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60601-5224