James Ray ‘J.J.’ Matthews, 54

James Ray ‘J.J.’ Matthews

WILMINGTON — James Ray “J.J.” Matthews, 54, died Sunday, July 4, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

James was born July 8, 1966, in Wilmington, the son of the late Pearlie James Matthews Jr. and Shirley Faye Bollinger Matthews.

Surviving are his sister, Betty Matthews of Atkinson; adopted family, Emily Best Brown, who he called mom; adopted brothers, Will Bowers, Duke Caulk and Randy Essick; uncle, Blaney Best; and adopted grandparents, Lynda Kaye Best and Foye Best. Cousins James and Donnie Fales also survive.

Services will be held at The Harp on 3rd Street at a date to be announced.

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