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Carolyn M. Read
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Obituary for Carolyn M. Read

Carolyn M. Read, 74, of Spencer, VA passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Duke University Hospital. She was born September 9, 1943 in Martinsville, VA to the late Austin and Essie Martin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Read; brothers, Jerry Martin, Kenny Martin, and Sonny Martin; and sister, Elizabeth Chitwood.

Carolyn was a member of Starling Avenue Baptist Church. She worked for Thornton’s Bakery in the 60’s and 70’s and ran Read’s Grocery in Spencer, VA for 40 years where she was fortunate to have loyal customers for many years.

She is survived by her children, Angelita Read Lackey (Bruce) of Ridgeway, VA, Lisa Read of Atlanta, GA, Todd Read (Stephanie) of Spencer, VA, Genie Read Wolfe (James) of Mooresville, NC, and Jessica Read of Spencer, VA; siblings, Alfred Martin of Goldsboro, VA, Steve Martin of Ridgeway, VA, O.J. Martin of Indian Trail, SC, George Lee Martin of Axton, VA, Sheila Martin of Kannapolis, NC, Bertha Joyce of Martinsville, VA and Linda Trent of Martinsville, VA. Also surviving are grandchildren, Tabatha Lewis, Chivas Lackey, Shasta Lackey, Parker Read, and Tyler Petty; great-grandchildren, Caleb Lackey, Colten Lewis, Paxten Lewis, Sophia Parsons, and Jackson Petty; and lifelong friend of 60 years, Linda Turner of Myrtle Beach, SC.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel. Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Norris Funeral Services and other times at the home of Todd Read above Reads Grocery, 21915 A.L. Philpott Hwy., Spencer, VA 24165. Burial will be at Roselawn Burial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Duke Cancer Center, 20 Duke Medicine Cir, Durham, NC 27710.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, VA is serving the Read family. Online condolences may be made at

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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Martinsville Chapel

1500 Kings Mountain Road
P.O. Box 5501
Martinsville, Virginia 24115





2:00 PM
Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Martinsville Chapel

1500 Kings Mountain Road
P.O. Box 5501
Martinsville, Virginia 24115

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Roselawn Burial Park

103 Clearview Dr.
Martinsville, VA 24112


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