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Many hearts have been filled with grief upon the passing of our beloved Carlton Lee Matthews, affectionately known as "Matthews," to some and Big "C" to many. Carlton Lee Matthews, son of Leander Matthews and the late Cattie Bell Jackson Matthews, was born on April 3, 1957, in Petersburg. On April 17, 2013, Carlton departed this life to rest in God's hands.
Carlton accepted Christ at an early age at Providence Baptist Church in Prince George. While attending elementary school, Carlton was used as a pioneer by being the first African-American student to integrate Walton Elementary School in Prince George. When attending Prince George High School, he played competitive basketball for a few years, shared his beautiful bass voice and was a proud member of the class of 1976. Since his youth, Carlton was a very strong, independent man who worked hard and was respected for his business ethics. After a long tenure of working for others, Carlton stepped out on faith and became owner and proprietor of Matthews Lawn Service.
For 25 years, Carlton used his God given talents to provide exquisite lawn care for commercial and residential clients, located in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. He always took great pride in his craft while providing service with a smile. Carlton had a remarkable way of completing his lawn care tasks in the time frame that would normally require the efforts of many. He was very serious about his profession and served as a role model and mentor for others in this discipline.
Carlton was known as a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan as well as an avid Boston Celtics supporter. He enjoyed gathering with many acquaintances at local establishments watching sports, spending time with his family, and critiquing all aspects of the sporting world. Carlton excelled in his hobbies including: bowling, hunting, fishing and cooking. His winning nature will never be forgotten including that famous left hand game, dominance in Lee Park and his adventures in every casino. Memories of his comedic ways, dynamic smile, hospitality and that extraordinary moustache will be remembered by those who knew him well. When time permitted, Carlton availed himself to help many and was a faithful provider for his family. Carlton loved the Lord and the greatness of God. Words cannot express how much we will miss Carlton's physical presence; however, we are strengthened by knowing that he is safe with God.
The loving memories of Carlton Lee Matthews will never fade from: his devoted wife, Rebertha Pope-Matthews; father, Leander Matthews and friend, Joyce Brown; aunt, Bertha Roach; son, Carlton (Kandace) Ellis and his mother, Jennifer Ellis; brothers, Leander III (Patricia), Leander IV and Karnette Lamont (Kari); sisters, Christa Matthews, Lorrie Carpenter and Deborah Clark; two beautiful grandchildren, Gabrielle and Carlton Legend Ellis; nurturing and loving mother-in-
law, Evelyn Pope Warren; nephew, Dewey Carpenter; nieces, Shante Shepherd, Addy, Jordan, Taylor, Peyton and Leah Matthews; godsister and brother-in-law by marriage, Cindy and Mark May; cousins; and in-laws who cherished him; and a host of many, many, many friends who loved him, far too many to list.
Please keep us in your prayers during our time of bereavement. We will acknowledge your acts of kindness when we are more composed.
On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the body will lie in state at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 2223 S. Crater Rd., Petersburg, from 1 to 2:45 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. with Pastor Jeffrey K. Reaves Sr., officiating.
Burial will take place at Southlawn Memorial Park, 1911 Birdsong Road, Petersburg. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.metropolitanfuneralservice.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Apr. 19 to Apr. 21, 2013