Francis Gordon Matthews, 79, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
Francis was born to William Luther Matthews and Charlotte M. Hopkins on March 14, 1937. He has one younger sister, Charlotte Anne Flint (Robert), and one younger brother, William F. Matthews (Billie). He was a good brother. He pulled a hitch in the U.S. Army and was discharged in April 1965. He went to Germany while in the Army. He loved it over there and always wanted to go back to visit.
Francis and his mother lived together until just before she died.
He stayed in Norfolk, Va., where he was born and raised. After he retired, he came down to Leland to live. He sold his house in Norfolk, Va., and bought a house close to Old Town. When it became unsafe for him to live by himself, he moved to the Hanover House in Wilmington in June 2015.
He loved to go to church. He was saved July 14, 2014. Bill and Ann would go get him every Saturday, so he could stay with them and attend church together. He couldn’t see well enough to read the Sunday school lesson, but he would try anyway. Francis’ favorite place to eat after church was Hardee’s. So every Sunday, Bill and Billie, Robert and Anne and Francis would have dinner together. He loved to be with family. On Saturdays, Robert and Francis would watch western movies all day long.
Francis was dearly loved by his family, and his family is heartbroken with his passing. Anne has said, ‘I have got a big hole in my life,’ without Francis. But, Anne is so glad that she has a good husband in Robert to help her get through this difficult time because she knows he will help her.
A visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 13, at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 525 Village Road, Leland. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, in Whiteville Memorial Cemetery, Whiteville, with the Rev. Bob Haywood officiating.
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