July 13, 1959 ~ January 9, 2021
Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC
Harry Neil “Butch” Martin III, 61, of Leicester, NC, surrounded by the love of family and friends was called home January 9, 2021.
A native of Buncombe County, Butch was a proud Eagle Scout and graduate of Asheville High School. After graduation from Mars Hill College, he became the third generation working in the family business, the Harry N. Martin Co. located in Asheville, and eventually leading the company.
A lover of God, music and people; Butch was an active Church member with an infectious smile and an eager willingness to serve. He was a leader and participant in the Walk to Emmaus Ministries and truly traveled a life-long journey with Christ using his gifts to reflect that love.
Butch was a gifted musician who passionately sang in church choirs and was frequently asked to sing the national anthem at the Asheville Tourist baseball games. In his later years he worked with local high schools, colleges and the Exceptional Children of Asheville City Schools as a bus driver.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Charlene Steelman Martin; his mother, Sandra Wallace Martin of Asheville; a daughter, Lydia Ruth Cousineau and her husband Nolan of Cincinnati, OH; a son Nathan Charles Martin and his wife Helene of Asheville; a sister Nancy Martin Busic and her husband Jack of Clemmons, NC; brothers Stuart and Andrew Martin and a very large extended family.
A celebration of life service is scheduled for 1:30 pm on January 20, 2021 at New Life Community Church in Asheville for those who wish to attend in person and it will also be live streamed at https://boxcast.tv/view/butch-martin-142800. Please wear masks and adhere to Covid guidelines in the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Life Community Church, “SEND” Missions Fund so that Butch’s contagious love for people will continue to change lives locally and globally.
Celebration of Life: January 20, 2021 1:30 pm
New Life Community Church
147 New Life Dr.
Asheville, NC 28804