Martin Halstead

Martin Evans Miller "Hoss" Halstead

Monday, March 28th, 1927 - Friday, April 24th, 2020
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Martin Evans Miller “Hoss” Halstead, 93, of Salem, Va., went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 24, 2020.

He joins his beloved wife of 52 years, Stella Mae. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Evans Hyatt.

Martin is survived by his three children, Mary Etta Summerville (Donald), Arline Hyatt (Buddy), and Evans (Jennifer); six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces – all of whom he loved dearly.

Martin was a pillar of the Salem community. He worked at the Virginia Baptist Children’s Home for 33 years serving as the Business Manager, Athletic Director, Coach, and many other duties. During his time at the Home, he was a mentor and “father” to all the children and treated them as if they were his own.

He refereed football for the VHSL over 40 years and also refereed basketball and football for the Salem Recreational Department. Martin carried the chains for Virginia Tech football for 40 years. Martin proudly served in the United States Navy, and was stationed in the Pacific during WWII.

He was a longtime devoted member of Salem Baptist Church where he served as deacon and used his bass voice as a member of the choir. Martin was a man with deep spiritual faith and a Christ-like example to all. Most of all, he loved and served the Lord with all his heart.

The family would like to express its deepest appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and all staff of 6 west, Lewis-Gale Medical Center, who showed so much compassion and gave such great care during this difficult time!

A private graveside service for the family will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020. A public celebration of Martin’s life will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully asks that donations be given in Martin’s name to the Salem Sports Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Online condolences may be expressed at
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    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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This service is private. A public service will be scheduled at a later date.


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Mary Hoback

Posted at 10:58am
I'm so sorry to learn of Martin's passing. He was kind and thoughtful and had a great sense of humor! I had the great pleasure of spending a day with him and others at the hunt camp last year, it was a day I will cherish.

Curtis Taliaferro

Posted at 10:27am
He was a great man with a kind heart. I will always remember him on the sidelines at VT. He was at every basketball game when Evans and I played together. He will be missed by all.

Marsena Thompson Hartless

Posted at 10:39pm
I grew up in Salem, attended Salem Baptist Church, and always had much respect and appreciation for Mr. Halstead. Our mother, Mary June Thompson, also so much appreciated his friendship, hard work, and devotion to our church. I share in the sorrow for the loss of our dear friend.

Marsena Thompson Hartless - Pickerington, OH

Anthony Stike

Posted at 05:52am
Mary Etta and Don, my heart goes out to you.
Anthony "Tony" Stike

E L Pendleton

Posted at 08:36pm
So Sorry to hear of Mr Halsteads passing. He was a great example to many. True Salem Icon.
E L Pendleton.

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