Martha Earnhardt, racing matriarch, dies at 91 | Local news


Although the family is a legacy of racing, Martha has never left the family home in Kannapolis. Kannapolis’.

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An active member of her community and church, she was named Grand Marshal for the 79th Annual Cannon Pharmacy Christmas Parade in Kannapolis.

Cathy Earnhardt (left) and her mother, Martha, laugh at a joke at the Kannapolis History Associates monthly reunion at AL Brown High School in 2015.

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She kept her husband’s memory alive in 2015 by recalling and sharing memories with her family at a monthly Kannapolis History Associates meeting dedicated to Ralph.

When the Cabarrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau rekindled interest in the Dale Trail in 2014, Martha participated in the review of a social media selfie contest along the trail.

Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant released a statement this weekend in remembrance of Martha:

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ms. Martha Earnhardt.

“Besides being the matriarch of a legendary racing family, she was a valued member of our community. This was demonstrated a few years ago when she was named Grand Marshal of the Kannapolis Christmas Parade and that thousands of people have come forward to honor him.

“If you were to drop by her house you were always greeted as if you were one of her family members she loved so much. She would give you updates on all of her children and their families and would want to make sure everything was fine with you.


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