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December 01, 2023

Martha Gwaltney

Martha Gwaltney

Martha Gwaltney, 77, of Hiddenite, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at her home.

Martha was born March 3, 1944, in Wilkes County, the daughter of the late Roy Gardner and Noba Moore Gardner. After the loss of her mother, she and her sister, Mary, were adopted by her loving aunt and uncle, Ethel and Lloyd Queen, who raised them as their own.

She was a homemaker and a member of Hiddenite Baptist Church. She had a deep love for children. She also loved gardening, cooking, canning, sewing, and making quilts. One of her greatest joys in life was cooking for her family and friends.

Including her parents, she was preceded in death by: her sisters, Rosa Mayberry, Flora Mae Henderson, and five more half-siblings; and her special friend, Gordon Atkinson.

Those left to cherish and honor her memory include: her daughter, Debra Gwaltney Watts of Taylorsville; her son, Daniel Gwaltney (Molly) of Taylorsville; her grandchildren, Katie Steele (Derek), Lindsey Smeeks (Chase), Anthony Gwaltney (Kelsey), Andrew Gwaltney, Taylor Gwaltney, and Luke Gwaltney; her great-grandchildren, Laney and Jackson Steele, Chandler Smeeks, and Damien Gwaltney; her sister, Mary Davis of Union Grove; her half-sisters, Carolyn Capps and Wanda Russ; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 9, 2021 at Hiddenite Baptist Church. Dr. Bobby Henderson and Rev. Zack Deal will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hiddenite Cemetery. The body will lie-in-state from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Thursday, April 8, 2021, at Adams Funeral Home.

Please follow all Covid-19 guidelines for all services.

Memorials may be made to: Iredell Hospice and Palliative Care, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625; or Hiddenite Baptist Church.

Condolences may be sent to:

Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be serving the family of Martha Gwaltney.


  1. Wayne Gwaltney on April 7, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Martha was very dear woman, and a wonderful sister-in-law. Martha has many struggles during her
    life time. We are sad of her passing away, but rejoicing that Martha is in heaven, and in our Lord Jesus hands. What a reunion there is going to be in heaven, when we all get there. I would encourage those who do not know our Lord Jesus as their Savior, to make things with him, and accept Him as their savior. All it takes is belief that Jesus died for all of us. Jesus I believe is all you need to receive him. Again I say that we are going to miss her. May God bless and comfort the familly and friends.

    Wayne Gwaltney

  2. David W. Gwaltney on April 8, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    My Aunt Martha was a beautiful, lovely lady whom I will always remember for her sweet, gentle spirit and kindness. And laughter!! On my visits to NC, I always looked forward to visiting her and our late nights catching up and talking about life, family and memories. I’m thankful for her life and the times I got to share those special moments with her. Her kindness and loving heart were a comfort to me. Though the sadness and grief of her leaving us is difficult for her family and friends, I am so happy for her, that she no longer has any sadness, sickness or pain. But that she is with her Lord, who has called her home to be with Him. She has been faithful, courageous, and humble in running the race that was before her and with the difficulties of life she encountered . Thanks Aunt Martha for your love, care, and sweetness. You will be missed.

    Dave Gwaltney

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