Matthew Teachey

Matthew Newton Teachey (Matt) of Swansboro, died February 17, 2014.

Born on a farm in Wallace, N.C. on April 23, 1924, Matt joined the Navy and served our country admirably during WWII on the U.S.S Hancock. After that, he met the love of his life, Robin Ann Kellum, getting off the bus with his sister, Doris, coming home Mars Hill College. They married in 1949, moved to Back Swamp to start a farm and begin a family of their own.

Matt would work for Sears as a salesman at night and was also well known to "hustle" around a pool table or two. In 1961, after he saved enough money, he surprised Robin Ann with a move to a new house and business in Swansboro. There he took over the original Western Auto Supply Company next to the now Bank of America. In 1965, they built a new building one block over beside the house. Together Matt and Robin, A.K.A, Mr. and Mrs. Western Auto, helped the people of Swansboro and surrounding communities with any and all supplies they needed or wanted. If it wasn't in stock at the store, you could order straight from the catalog and have it in within a week. Matt's motto was "To treat people fair!" And for 53 years, whenever you walked into the store, he always had a smile on his face and was ready to dance.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Robin Ann Kellum; three sisters, Helen, Charlotte and Doris; and brother, Lewis. He is survived by his brother, Max Teachey of Wallace; daughter, Rachael Elaine Teachey of Emerald Isle; sons, Danny Teachey of Swansboro, Michael and Wife Filipina of Swansboro; three grandchildren, Sara Jane Rotchford, Isaac and Jacob Teachey; two great-grandchildren, Carrie Ann and Catalina Morton; and many close family friends, nieces, nephews, along with countless wonderful friends throughout the community.

Upon Matt's request, no services are being made. "Please don't feel sorry for me, I've lived a wonderful fulfilling life. Swansboro's been good to me."

Family and friends are welcome to stop at Western Auto or the house to remember and celebrate Matt's life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Club of North Carolina online or P.O. Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, N.C. 28450.

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Published in Jacksonville Daily News from Feb. 23 to Feb. 26, 2014