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Marcus Cayne Martin

April 20, 1990 — October 22, 2023

Henderson, NC

Marcus Cayne Martin, 33, of Henderson, NC passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 22, 2023. Born April 20, 1990, he was the son of Mark Kevin Martin and Donnetta Lee Swindell.

Born with a natural talent for working with his hands, Cayne found peace and satisfaction in the art of creation. He taught himself to weld and manipulate metal, turning raw materials into beautiful pieces of craftsmanship. His hands bore the scars of hard work and determination, a testament to his relentless pursuit of mastering the art of creation.

Never one to shy away from lending a hand, Cayne was known for his generosity and willingness to help others. Whether it was fixing a broken door or cutting grass for his mother, Cayne was there, sleeves rolled up and ready for action. His kindness and open heart endeared him to everyone who had the pleasure of crossing his path.

Cayne had a unique appreciation for cultivating a garden of relaxation and finding inspiration in the aromatic herbs that added a distinct flavor to his life.

Cayne was a modern-day prospector at heart, finding joy in the simple pleasures of life. Panning for gold became one of his favorite pastimes, a pursuit that perfectly mirrored his optimistic and adventurous spirit. Nature was his playground, and Cayne cherished every opportunity to embark on new adventures, discovering hidden treasures in the great outdoors.

Cayne was a family man at heart, finding his greatest joy in spending time with his babies and his cherished family. His mother, his confidante and best friend, held a special place in his heart. Their bond was a beacon of love that illuminated his life, and the memories they created together will forever be treasured.

Beyond his skills with metal, Cayne was also a maestro at the grill, transforming ordinary gatherings into culinary feasts. His culinary talents were matched only by his ability to turn a simple meal into a memorable event, leaving everyone with full bellies and satisfied taste buds.

He is survived by the love of his life and mother of his beloved children, Amber Gresham; beloved children, Lily Nicole Gresham, Ella Rose Martin, Marcus Cayne Martin II; mother, Donnetta Lee Swindell; father, Mark Kevin Martin; maternal grandfather, Kenneth Howard Swindell and wife, Mary; maternal grandmother, Constance "Connie" Webster and husband, Cary; aunts and uncles, Patti and Jeff Floyd, Carol and Ken Swindell; cousins, April Kelsey, Krag Floyd, Allyn Swindell, Bryan Floyd and wife, Elizabeth, Kenneth Hall and wife, Kim, Kyle Floyd, Shaun Swindell and wife, Taylor, Scott Swindell; lifelong family friends, Charity Moneymaker and Tina Robinson-Sellars; and other extended family members.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2023 at the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Interment will be private. Condolences may be registered at 

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