Martin Surface

In Memorial

Martin Louis Surface, 85, of 801 Oakdale Drive, Elizabeth City, NC died Friday, October 11, 2013 at Kindred Care.  Born April 1, 1928 in Petersburg, KY, he was the son of the late Luther Garnet and Lena Leota Surface and was the husband of Doris Mills Surface.  Mr. Surface was retired from the United States Army after twenty-one years of honorable service and spent twenty-four years working for the Department of Defense.  He was a member of Blackwell Memorial Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Leota Surface of Elizabeth City, NC; two sons, Martin Samuel Surface and wife Rachael C. of Elizabeth City, NC and Luther Brooks Surface and wife Amanda C. of Leesburg, VA; a sister, Stella Ryle of Duneolin, FL; and eleven grandchildren.  Along with his parents, Mr. Surface was preceded in death by a daughter, JoAnna Louise Surface; two sisters, Loretta Newman and Cordelia Snider; and his twin brother, Samuel Surface.


A funeral service with military honors will take place Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Donald Carter officiating.  Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and immediately following the service in the lobby of the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Martin L. Surface Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.  Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Surface family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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  1. Ruth Lane

    Martin and family,

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I pray for peace and comfort for your family.

  2. Larry Mills

    Aunt Dottie,

    I had an intuition to search your name tonight, and I’m so sad for your loss. Dad (Graham) and mom (Jimmie) have both passed in the last few years, and I know that you have had your own sadnesses. I remember you with fondness and will hold you in my heart and prayers.

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