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James R. Matthews

February 17, 1925 — November 23, 2018

James R. Matthews

James R. Matthews, 93, of River Landing Retirement Community, Colfax, NC (formerly of Vernon Hill, VA) passed away Friday, November 23, 2018.

He was born in Brunswick County, VA on February 17, 1925 to Herbert A. and Rebecca Bugg Matthews. He grew up in Richmond, VA and attended Richmond City Schools.

He served in the United States Navy during WWII. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 1949. He then received his Masters Degree in 1958 from The College of William & Mary.

He taught in Hampton City Schools, Fairfax County Schools and South Boston Schools. He was Principal of Volens, Sydnor-Jennings, Meadsville, Halifax and Sinai Elementary Schools in Halifax County. He served as General Supervisor and also Supervisor of Special Education of Halifax County Schools.

He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Vernon Hill VA where he served as Sunday school teacher, Superintendent of Sunday School and Lay Leader.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Weatherford Matthews, brother, H. Ogburn Matthews and sister, Nanette Matthew Huband.

He is survived by a son, James R. Matthews Jr., and his wife, Judy of High Point, NC.

Graveside service will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, Vernon Hill on December 14th at 11:00 am.

We would like to thank the Hospice Home at High Point for their care.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the following:

Asbury United Methodist Church

2154 Asbury Church Rd.

Vernon Hill, VA 24597


Hospice House at High Point

1801 Westchester Dr.

High Point, NC 27262


Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, Powell Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave. South Boston, VA 24592.


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Past Services

Graveside Service

Friday, December 14, 2018

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Asbury United Methodist Church

2220 Asbury Church Rd, Vernon Hill, VA 24597

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