Junior Matthews

EAST BEND — Junior Leak Matthews, 93, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at Forsyth Medical Center. Mr. Matthews was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Yadkin County to the late Robert W. and Enola Wall Matthews. Mr. Matthews was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, where he served as deacon for 56 years, a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, and was famous for his fried apple pies and watermelons. Mr. Matthews served our country during World War II in the U.S. Army 94th Infantry. He also was a charter member of the Fall Creek Fire Department, on the Fall Creek School Board, and the Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Mr. Matthews was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years, Earline Vestal Matthews; two sisters, Sissy Hobson and Betty Vestal; and three brothers, Edward Matthews, Bobby Matthews and Lovell Matthews. Surviving are his children, Thomas L. (Emily) Matthews, James R. (Susan) Matthews, Steven G. (Polly) Matthews; grandchildren, Angela M. (Mark) Smith, Mary- Allison Jones, J. Gregory (Annah) Matthews, Tina M. (Burl) Love, Kristy Hayes, Jason Hayes, Kristi R. Matthews (Robbie), Douglas S. Matthews, Brian (Candice) Lineberry, Kevin (Candus) Lineberry; great-grandchildren, Samantha (Brice) Hooker, Christian Smith, Madaline Jones, Peyton Jones, Reece Jones, Ty Matthews, Zac Matthews, Emily Matthews, Brayden Love, Brenden Love, Jasymn Slater, Matthew Lineberry, Bryceson Durham, Bryttney Lineberry; great-great-grandchildren, Craeton Hooker, Sloane Hooker; sisters, Katie (Gertie) Davis, Barbara "Polly" McKnight; brother, Archie (Barbara) Matthews; several nieces and nephews; all the special "grandchildren" that called him PaPa Junior; and two special friends, Denise Norman and Dorothy Potter. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. March 30, 2014, at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville. His funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at Friendship Baptist Church by the Rev. Ray Davis, the Rev. Brian Chilton, the Rev. Brian Poindexter and the Rev. Danny Poindexter. He will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Full Military Honors by the NC National Guard and the VFW Post 10346. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church Building Fund, 4744 Siloam Road, East Bend, NC 27018; or donor's choice. The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to their extended family and friends for all love, care, and support shown to them during this time. Online condolences may be made at www.gentryfuneralservice.com. Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville is serving the Matthews family.

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Gentry Family Funeral Service
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Published in The Yadkin Ripple from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2014