Martin talked about growing up on the farm and recollected the story of when Martin’s brother came over, and they went swimming in the ‘Henderson Hole,’ and he got caught up in the whirlpool area.

Pam Dudding-Burch
Contributing writer

Only a few people ever get to rub the genie bottle in life where magic happens. One man did, and his wish came true in Craig County.


A few months back, Terry Martin, 88, was asked a question by one of the managers at a retirement facility in Florida where he and his wife Jan reside. The question was: “Terry if you could have any wish, what would it be?”

Terry answered honestly. “I’d love to be able to go back home and see my foster parents and visit where I was born and later grew up,” he said.

“It was then that Ella became what I knew as a mom to me,” Terry shared with obvious affection. “I was blessed to have been taken in by…



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