Martha Stamey Gant

Saturday, December 29, 1928 - Monday, September 25, 2017

In God's Care

Photo of Martha Stamey Gant  - 1928-2017

Canton- On the beautiful Autumn day of September 25, 2017, a dear and precious lady, Martha Elizabeth Stamey Gant, age 88, entered into her eternal heavenly home.

Mrs. Gant was born December 29, 1928 in Haywood County to the late Fred Stamey and the late Alma Wilson Stamey. She had resided in Haywood County all of her life and had been employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Britthaven in Clyde where her kind, caring and giving heart made a difference in many lives each day. Martha will forever be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister and also a dear friend.  She was a wonderful homemaker, devoting her life to her family and always welcoming everyone who visited the Gant home with open arms.  She enjoyed crocheting, loved beautiful flowers and she could often be found working in her flower and vegetable gardens that were kept manicured to perfection.  Martha spent endless hours canning jars of homemade jelly and also her bounty of vegetables that she harvested from her garden. Mrs. Gant’s strong faith was an important part of her life and she was a faithful member of Crestview Baptist Church where she had served as a teacher of the children’s Sunday School Class. She was a wonderful cook and you could always count on her to prepare several delicious desserts for the church bake sales. Her homemade apple stack cake was indeed a favorite of everyone.  We give thanks for the life of Martha Stamey Gant and the blessing that she has been to her family and her many friends.

 In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Gant who passed away in 2011; sisters, Agnes and Beulah Stamey, Mary Hattie Keith and Viola Taylor; brothers, Claude, Howard, Raymond and Ted Stamey.

Surviving are her daughter, Pat Rhodes and her husband, Ronald Rhodes of Webster; grandchildren, Brian Hall of Kingsport, TN, Eric Hall and his wife, Amy Hall of Greeneville, TN and Rebekah Rhodes of Webster; two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe Bob Stamey, Manon “Pal” Stamey  and Carl Stamey, all of Canton.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Canton.  Reverend Ned Webb will be officiating.  Entombment will be in The Horizon Mausoleum at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde.  The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.

 In lieu of flowers,memorials may be made in Mrs. Gant’s memory to Broyhill Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina, 111 Sneed Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Gant family.

Condolences from family and friends


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Martha was my Sunday School teacher at Crestview when I got saved. I owe a lot to her and the way she was committed to serve the Lord. I am now the youth pastor at my Church and am reminded a lot about the things she taught me. She will be greatly missed but I know she is not just enjoying Heaven today but she is getting to sit at the feet of Jesus and give Him all thanks. Martha I will miss you very much but this is not good bye this is just see you later. John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." That was a verse we read a lot and how true it is, the part I like in the verse in the small but important space between that and whosoever. It is in that space that we make the decision to trust the Lord and it is Christians that stand in that space and help point people to Christ. Martha stood in that space and she pointed a lot of people to Christ. To the family I know you know how important she was but from me she is very very very important because she introduced me to a friend that will stick closer than any brother. I will keep all of you in my prayers and if any family member reads this and you don't know the Lord as your Saviour today is a great day to come to know Him as your Friend the same as Martha did.
Keith Beck
Martha was such a wonderful person. My son, Keith thought the world of her. She was his Sunday School when he received Christ in his heart at a young age. She also made a beautiful blanket for his first daughter. Heaven is getting a beautiful lady inside and out. Ms. Martha will be missed by many. My condolences to the family.
Tammie Beck
PATSY AND FAMILY I am so sorry to her of your mom's passing. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I was just thinking of both of you the other day and remembering all the good times we had at Morning Star School.