Dr. Otto Martin Pharr, Jr.

September 14, 1953 ~ April 27, 2018 (age 64)

Dr. Otto Martin Pharr, Jr.,  64, of Raleigh, NC., passed away Friday, April 27, 2018.  Memorial Service, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018, Faith Christian Fellowship Center, 1464 Manchester Road, Spring Lake, NC.

Dr. Otto Martin Pharr, Jr. peacefully made his transition from this life on Friday, April 27, 2018, while surrounded by his wife Pamela Pharr and family at their home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr. Otto Martin Pharr, Jr. was born to Otto Martin, Sr. & Evelyn Pharr on September 14, 1952, in Salisbury, North Carolina. Martin attended and received his Diploma from E.E. Smith Senior High School, Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1970.

Martin in his youth enjoyed music, he was a talented Baritone/Tenor. Martin. Growing up Martin attended College Heights Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, N.C with his family.  He was elevated his academic achievements by obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania 1974; Master of Arts - Clinical/Community Psychology from 1977 and earned his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park,.

Martin was joined in holy matrimony to Pamela B. Pharr in June 23, 1990 in Durham, N.C. Martin was preceded in death by his father Otto Martin Pharr, Sr and his mother Evelyn Smith Pharr. Martin is survived by his wife Pamela of 27 years. Three sons: Jamal Hayes of Georgia; Tarik Morny of Dumfries, Va; Rahmed Morny of Raleigh, N.C.  His sister Juliette Yvonne Pharr of Fayetteville, N.C. whom he loved dearly; Uncle Flake Smith of Jamaica, N.Y. Seven grandchildren, Noel, Sherae, Anaise, Trey, Amanda, Yawyi, and Yahir.  Sister-in- Law, Elder Cynthia Toles of Miramar, FL, Brother-in-Law Frank (Mary) Reid of Stallings, N.C. Godsister Sandra Blassingame, a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Martin is remembered as someone who “Helped Made Lives Better” with his warm, BIG heart, who loved God, his family, his community and his patients.

Martin attended United Full Gospel Church Inc. of North Carolina where he served as Assistant Music Director under the leadership of Apostle Clarence Dandy.  Later attending Bethel Family Worship Center in Durham, N.C. under the leadership of Bishop George G. Bloomer.

Martin was intellectually engaged, knowledgeable and wise, he made every conversation memorable. So unassuming, kind and generous, he was admired and loved by a broad range of students and colleagues across the state of North Carolina and surrounding states and people across the community.

Martin’s passing represents a huge loss to all of us.

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