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Sad News – Martha Earnhardt UPDATE

Martha King Coleman Earnhardt, 91, of Kannapolis passed away peacefully at her home on Christmas Day with her family by her side. She was born July 15, 1930 in Cabarrus County, a daughter of the late William and Cora Belle Coleman. She had 11 brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Earnhardt and three sons, Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Randy Earnhardt and Danny Earnhardt.

Martha was a very caring and Godly woman that lived a full Christian life. She was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother to all her family and also a mother figure to a lot of other family members throughout her lifetime. Martha was very active at her church, Memorial Baptist Church for many years.

A celebration of her life will be held at 12:00 PM Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Memorial Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Jason Barber. (The family requests that all who attend be mindful and wear a mask and keep social distance. For those who cannot attend or choose not to attend, her service will be livestreamed on

Martha is survived by two daughters, Kaye Snipes and Cathy Watkins (Mike), 11 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren, brothers, Bob Coleman and W.L. Coleman.

The family requests that memorials be made to either the Dale Jr. Foundation and/or Memorial Baptist Church, 1785 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis, NC 28083.

Online condolences may be left at

Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Statement on Passing of Martha Earnhardt

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Martha Earnhardt passed away Christmas evening. As we grieve her loss and begin to imagine life without our beloved “Mamaw”, we find solace in knowing she is at peace in eternal glory and in joyous reunion with her husband Ralph and sons Dale, Randy and Danny.  Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers, and thank you so much for loving our Mamaw as if she were your own. She was not just the matriarch to our family, but she was the matriarch to multiple generations of race fans.

AND: NASCAR statement from Jim France and Lesa France Kennedy:

“On behalf of the France Family and all of NASCAR, we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Martha Earnhardt. Martha was not only the matriarch of a legendary NASCAR family, but a beloved and respected figure within our industry and throughout the fanbase. We will dearly miss her grace, compassion and welcoming demeanor. To her grandchildren, she was “Mamaw.” To millions of NASCAR fans, she was a treasure.”