Woman killed in DWI wreck remembered as godly and resilient

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Submitted: Tue, 02/26/2013 - 4:58am
Updated: Tue, 02/26/2013 - 4:05pm

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Martha Mintz died Friday afternoon in a wreck on Highway 74/76 near the Brunswick Columbus county line.  Investigators say Pierre Walker was under the influence when he hit and killed her.

Mintz is being remember by her family as a loving, caring wife, mother and grandmother.

Here is her obituary, posted on the Andrews Mortuary website:

Martha Potter Mintz, 61, of Leland, died Friday, February 22, 2013, in Columbus County.

Martha was born March 29, 1951 in Wilmington, NC, a daughter of the late Ressie Potter and Margaret Mintz Potter.

Martha graduated from Leland High School in 1969 and married Marvin Mintz in July. Mama and daddy shared a love that most long for. This precious gift they shared continued throughout the childhood of their three children. The well-being of her husband, children, and grandchildren was the focus of her existence.

Our mom was the most amazing woman and was taken from us so tragically and so unfairly. She was a wonderful and godly woman who put everyone else first in her life and found happiness in their joy. Mama loved the Lord and her faith was displayed daily in her interactions with others and will resonate for years to come by those who knew her. We are so blessed to have received the gifts of love, humility, resilience, and forgiveness that she gave to us. She will be terribly missed but comfort and grace will be ours by knowing she is home with her Lord and watching over us all.


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6 Comments on "Woman killed in DWI wreck remembered as godly and resilient"

2015 years 8 months ago

I never knew Martha Mintz or any of her family. I am however very angry at a legal system that allows things like this to happen. This man should have either been locked away or facing such devastating consequences if he were to drive again, that he would voluntarily get no closer than 50 yards to a motor vehicle. What really made me the most angry was that some pansy-tailed judge let him go simply because he had some kind of a probation hearing. What kind of justice is this? What kind of member of a judicial system would dare turn someone like this, with his record, loose on the citizens of North Carolina? I guess it IS all about the dollar…..court costs, fines, evaluations, drug rehab, driver’s school, attorneys’ fees, increased insurance premiums, money, money, money. This blood money cannot be generated if someone is incarcerated, but if allowed to be arrested over and over, look at the money the State reaps. I really think that the lives of the people on our roads are simply the pawns or “bait” if you will, for those who gain so much from the death and destruction DUI’s cause. Rest in peace, Ms. Mintz. May your loved ones find peace and closure hopefully when this, whatever he is, is locked away for life.

2015 years 8 months ago

My utmost symphathy goes out to this family. I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t know how the lawyers and judges put their heads on a pillow and go to sleep at night.

Wendy Mathis
2015 years 8 months ago

Brian and family,

We are heart broken over your loss. It was so senseless, tragic, and avoidable! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!

Your friends,
Wendy & Mark Mathis

2015 years 8 months ago

I certainly hope this drunkard gets many years in prison for what he did to this family.

Just look at the list of loved ones in pain right now because of this habitual drunk driver’s idiotic actions.

My condolences to this family. so sad and senseless the way this area allows drunks to be charged over and over without serving jail time until they kill people.

and yes I certainly know of a habitual offender never in jail a day in his life who kept driving. kept getting caught and even put on probation for DWI and still drove drunk until he killed my young daughter. Never served a day through it all. He is finally in prison , we are all safe from this one until he gets out. Now lets get the rest of the drunks off the roads. 2nd time caught , prison—BEFORE they kill our loved ones!

Josh Chadwick
2015 years 8 months ago


Our hearts go out to you and your family. She made such an impact in all of our young lives. This loss will be felt by all.

Stay strong friend,

Josh Chadwick

2015 years 8 months ago

We all feel your loss, it’s time the states and feds get out of the alcohol business, that’s the only way to truly stop this mess.