Martin E. Birch Sr.


Mr. Martin E. “Marty” Birch Sr., 58, of Chincoteague Island, went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 8, 2020, at PRMC in Salisbury, Md.

He was born in Salisbury, on Dec. 31, 1961, to the late Delbert and Irma (Andrews) Birch.
He was a member of Chincoteague Church of God, lifetime member of Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, and Accomack Lodge #243 AF & AM. He loved to sing for the Lord and was involved with many praise and worship bands. He started the Salt Marsh Ramblers in 2015. It was a continual source of joy, sharing his love of the Lord through song with his bandmates at various churches and parades. He touched the lives of the community over many years by volunteering and serving the Lord with mission trips, youth trips, and Little League.

Marty is survived by his loving spouse of 29 years, Dawn Turlington Birch, of Chincoteague Island; son, Martin E. Birch Jr., and his wife, Laci, of Hampton; daughter, Kaitlyn E. Bradds, and her husband, Michael, of Chincoteague Island; three grandchildren, Logan, Alexis, and Bentley Birch, all of Hampton; sister, Jane Hook Fetterman, and her husband, Dave, of Chincoteague Island; sister-in-law, Tanya Derrickson, and her husband, Gannon, of Chincoteague Island; father-in-law, Charles Ralph Turlington, of Chincoteague Island; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law, Snooks Turlington.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Salyer Funeral Home on Chincoteague Island.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, at 2 p.m., at the Chincoteague Church of God, on Chincoteague Island, with Pastor Kevin Stanley officiating.
Burial will take place in the John W. Taylor Cemetery in Temperanceville.

Services were entrusted to Salyer Funeral Home, Inc., on Chincoteague Island, VA. Flowers accepted or donations may be made to CVFC PO Box 691 Chincoteague Island, VA 23336.
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