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Dr. Martha Jane Denton

August 19, 1942 — January 27, 2021


Dr. Martha Jane Denton

WEAVERVILLE – Dr. Martha Jane Denton, age 78, of Weaverville, died Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Mrs. Denton was born August 19, 1942 in Crossville, TN to the late Les and Pocahontas Shaver Oakes.  She received a PhD in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Martha had a long career traveling and teaching at many universities in Nashville, TN; Birmingham, AL; Charleston, Georgetown, and Greenville, SC; Columbus, OH; Hattiesburg, Miss; Greenville, NC; Radford, VA, and Weaverville.  She loved playing tennis, hiking, camping, reading and watching old western movies. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Roy Thomas Denton who died in 1999; and nine siblings.

Surviving are her son, Patrick Denton and wife Kimberly Ann of Mars Hill; and nephew, Daniel Hunt of TN.

The family will hold a private service.

West Funeral Home is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 or Child Advocacy Center of VA, P.O. Box 4651, Roanoke, VA 24015.

For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Dr. Denton’s obituary at

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