Marty Nolen Suddeth, a man who touched countless lives with his warm smile and gentle kindness, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2023, at the age of 60, in Greenville, South Carolina. Born on March 24, 1963, in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Marty lived a life filled with adventure, music, and love.
Marty's journey began in Spartanburg, where he grew up and graduated from Spartanburg High School and laid the foundation for a remarkable future. After completing high school, he furthered his education at Winthrop University, earning a bachelor’s degree that would open doors to an incredible career.
As a sales representative, Marty embarked on travels around the world. With an unwavering commitment to his work, he traversed various countries and embraced diverse cultures along the way. His passion for exploration was evident in every interaction he had with people from different walks of life.
But it was not only through his professional endeavors that Marty left a lasting impact; he also shared his love for music with his community. In his early years, Marty played bass guitar in the Back9 band for an impressive two decades. Through their performances, they brought joy to audiences far and wide.
Music played an even more significant role in Marty's life as he harmonized with the Eastside Baptist Church choir. Singing soulful melodies and strumming his cherished bass guitar brought him immense happiness. He cherished every opportunity to worship together with fellow church members and create beautiful music that resonated within their hearts.
Beyond work and music, Marty had a collection of hobbies that allowed him to unwind and find solace amidst the beauty of nature. He possessed a deep love for golfing and fishing—a chance to connect with the tranquility of open spaces and find peace within himself. These activities offered him moments of respite from life's hustle and allowed him to recharge his spirit.
It is impossible to sum up Marty's vibrant life without mentioning his infectious smile and gentle demeanor. He possessed a natural ability to brighten the lives of those around him, effortlessly bringing joy into any room he entered. Marty was a true friend to all who had the privilege of knowing him—a guiding light during both joyful and challenging times.
As we say our goodbyes to this incredible soul, we extend heartfelt condolences to his grieving family and friends. Marty's parents, Nolen Suddeth and Barbara Adkins Suddeth of Spartanburg, South Carolina, his sister, Julie S. Hatton, along with her husband, Nick Gironda of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Additionally, Marty leaves behind his nephew, William Spencer Hatton, as well as great-niece, Marylee Phillips and great nephew, Kendyn Hatton.
The family would like to thank Marty’s caretaker, Justyce Carr, as well as Terra Bella Assisted Living, Spartanburg Regional Hospital, Greenville Memorial Hospital, and Greenville Hospice House.
A graveside service will be held to honor Marty Nolen Suddeth on Friday, September 8th, 2023, at Sunset Memorial Park in Spartanburg at 10:00 AM with Pastor Mike Royal officiating, music by Matt Hardigree and Mike Corn, and guest speakers, Mike Smith and Glenn Brown. Friends and acquaintances are invited to bring a lawn chair and gather with his family to bid farewell and celebrate the life of this remarkable individual.
To help the family with medical and funeral expenses, please send a donation to Barbara Suddeth c/o Marty Suddeth, 314 Savanna Plains Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307.