Dennis W. Martin

February 22, 1950 - August 3, 2022
Dennis W. Martin


Dennis W. Martin, age 72 of Wilmington, NC, sadly passed away at Novant Health in Wilmington on August 3, 2022.

Dennis was born in Flint, MI on February 22, 1950.

Dennis was a man of many talents; he was a professional published author, he taught High School English, he was an artist who enjoyed painting and drawing, and he was a musician, with a passion for the guitar, though, he could easily pick up any instrument and create a tune. He would strum away and sing a tune for his wife, Maria, which she was always fond of. He also had a passion for cars, whether it be working on them or enjoying a ride in his convertible Mustang GT with Maria. Dennis had a softer side, too, and that was for animals. He was especially fond of his cats Tiger and the late Buggster. Dennis was a man unlike any other, and he will be dearly missed by those that knew and loved him.

Dennis is survived by his wife Maria Chops-Martin, his mother Peggy Featherstone, brother Mike Martin (Patty), his niece Marley (Justin), 1 great niece and 1 great nephew, and many other extended family members and friends. He is predeceased by his stepfather Robert Featherstone.

In lieu of flowers, and any public services, Dennis expressed a wish that his loved ones and friends please consider donating to Adopt an Angel or Rude Ranch, another charitable animal rescue. Rather than be the focus of attention, Dennis wanted his friends and family to donate to a worthy cause and an impact be made for the greater good.

To donate to Adopt An Angel, you may follow the hyperlink or send tax deductible donations to:

P.O. Box 15095
Wilmington, NC 28408
or call (910) 392-0557

Adopt An Angel is also searchable on Facebook.

To donate to Rude Ranch, you may follow the hyperlink or send tax deductible donations to:

3200 Ivy Way
Harwood, MD 20776

Friends and family are invited to participate in a special pet adoption fair which will be planned for the fall of 2022 in honor of Dennis.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • August 08, 2022
    Melody Boone says:
    Dennis will be so missed by his subdivision, friend and family. He was such a friendly, kind soul and so talented. Marie, my prayers & God’s Blessings coming your way.

  • August 08, 2022
    Mary N says:
    Dennis was the first person we met in Cypress Island. He has always had a kind heart and a sense of humor. You two have such a special relationship. He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts go out to Maria and the entire family.

  • August 07, 2022
    Maria Chops-Martin lit a candle:
    Lit since August 7, 2022 at 8:41:03 PM

  • August 05, 2022
    Kelly Baugher says:
    Maria, Dennis was such a kind and funny man. We always enjoyed seeing him on our walks, usually outside polishing his car to perfection. He cherished you so much, and he will be missed. We are here for you. Love, Kelly and Sox, Cameron and Jacob