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Gordon Fleming Martens, 95, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Friday, April 8, 2016, after a short illness.
Mr. Martens was born May 25, 1920, in Boones Mill and was raised in Portsmouth.
A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Cunningham in the Pacific Theater. He married the love of his life, Bettie Frances ‘Frankie’ Martins, in 1945, and they were married until her death in 1999.
A pharmacist, Mr. Martens moved to Williamsburg in 1953 and was part owner of the College Pharmacy on Duke of Gloucester Street for more than 30 years. In 2002, he married Martha Pitts Redden. Mr. Martens was a devoted husband and father, always putting others’ needs ahead of his own. He had a quick wit and a love of baseball, books, and Broadway musicals.
He is survived by a daughter, The Rev. Ann Fleming Martens, of Arlington; a son, Gordon Fleming Martens Jr., and his wife, Ellen, of Houston, Texas; and a stepdaughter, Marla Jackson, and her husband, Bruce, of Poquoson.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday, April 16, at Bruton Parish Church with the Rt. Rev. David C. Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Riverside Hospice, 12420 Warwick Blvd., 6E, Newport News, VA 23606; or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011. His wife, Frankie, died of Alzheimers.
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