Thursday, July 25, 2024

Samuel “Sammy” Forbis Matthews, 77

Samuel “Sammy” Forbis Matthews married his childhood sweetheart and loved jokes just as much as politics. He graduated from Wingate Junior College and North Carolina State College School of Civil Engineering.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Germany with the USAF Intelligence Service 6911th Radio Group Mobile. He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA in Charlotte, a member of the Blue Lodge in Mint Hill, a member of the Hampstead United Methodist Church and adviser for the Save Our Community organization in Hampstead.

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He was an Eagle Scout with Palms, served as Scoutmaster for the White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh and was awarded Scoutmaster of the Year in the Oconeechee Council.

Most importantly, he was a proud and devoted father, grandfather and husband, dedicated to his church and his family.

He was born Dec. 13, 1935, at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ged F. Price. Peacefully, at the age of 77, he died in his Hampstead home Sept. 13, 2013, after battling cancer.

Mr. Matthews worked in various district level manager positions with Southern Bell, AT&T and BellSouth for 31 years. He moved north to Basking Ridge, N.J., but found many homes across North Carolina, living in Winston-Salem, Monroe, Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington. He retired from BellSouth in 1993 and built his retirement dream home on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway alongside his wife of 54 years, Phyllis.

Mr. Matthews was the son of the late Samuel Franklin and Billie Frank Price Matthews of Monroe. Along with his wife, Phyllis Ann Helms, he is survived by his daughters: Pamela Anne Preddy (husband, Jesse Gill, and daughter, Tiffany Anne) of Oxford, and Karen LaRae Rodriguez (husband, James Drew, and their daughters, Samantha Marie and Ashley Renee) of Matthews. He is also survived by his siblings: Emily Katherine Goodman of Monroe and Billie Frank Matthews of Peachland.

A graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Monroe City Cemetery (Suncrest Cemetery) on Sunset Drive in Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Oxford Orphanage / Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, NC. Donations can be made directly to the Orphanage or through a local Masonic Lodge with a request to designate it to the Orphanage in memory of Samuel F. Matthews.


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