Barbara Heath Matthews of Rose Hill passed from her earthly life late Sunday, July 22, 2018 while a resident of Day Spring Assisted Living in Wallace. She was born on March 22, 1940 in Pender County to the late Roy Teachey and Catherine Stevens Heath. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her husband Jimmy Mathews, Sr., her brother R. T. Heath, and sister June Godwin.
Mrs. Matthews leaves behind, to cherish her memory, her children--Ricky L. Matthews and wife Sharon of Rose Hill, Jim Matthews Jr. and wife Patsy of Rose Hill, Jill Matthews Smith and her husband Tim of Pink Hill; grandchildren--Tamara Matthews of Rose Hill, Adam Blackmon of Hawaii, Alicia Sutton and husband Chad of LaGrange, Ashley Jata and husband Richard of Beulaville, Reid Smith of Beulaville; great grandchildren--Zachery Page of Rose Hill, Shelby Jada of Beulaville, Sandy Jata of Beulaville, Ellison Sutton of LaGrange; sisters--Virginia Register of Virginia, Jean Cunningham of Willard, Laura Cumer of Wallace and Joy Brown and husband Ray of Goldsboro; brothers--Fred Heath of Willard, Joe Heath and wife Lisa of Rose Hill.
Her career began as an office administrator with JP Stevens for eighteen years, after which, she worked with her husband on the farm and remained there for the remainder of her career. During this time she served ten years as a volunteer with the Rose Hill Rescue Squad as an EMT. She had a great love for her church and was very active at Corinth Baptist for a number of years, along with her husband. There was great joy in working in her lawn and much time was spent there. The light of her life was her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren. They always had a special place in her life.
A graveside service honoring Mrs. Matthews will be held at Fussell Cemetery in Rose Hill on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. (In the event of inclement weather, service will be in the Corinth Baptist Church.) Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 til 8:00 p.m. at the home of Jim and Patsy Matthews in Rose Hill--200 Corinth Church Road. Rather than flowers, family asks that contributions be made, in her memory, to the Rose Hill Fire Department--Post Office Box 478--Rose Hill, North Carolina 28458. One may share memories and send condolences to the family by selecting "Guestbook" above.
Sunday June 24th, 2018
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Magnolia, NC 28453
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Fussell Family Cemetery
Wednesday July 25th, 2018
wells town road
rose hill, NC 28458
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Katherine Henderson lit a candle on Aug 6 2018 07:09:37 PM
I remember dear Barbara as a classmate for 11 year and a member of our graduating class of 1958 Penderlea High. She was delightful, bright, kind, and lovely in every way, Speaking for the Class of 58, PHS, we all shall miss her.
Submitted by Vic Bryan on Aug 1 2018 01:27:26 PM
Barbara had a heart of gold, caring for family and friends and community. Rose Hill EMS and Duplin lost some valuable knowledge and experience when she and Ms. Cleo retired.
Submitted by Dorothy cavenaugh on Jul 29 2018 10:26:55 AM
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Doug and Shirley Wood lit a candle on Jul 26 2018 11:08:47 PM
I am so sorry about yhe loss of Mrs Barbara. She was always a very special lady. Her and Mr Jimmy were great folks. My thouhts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. Love and prayers, Elsie Baker Thigpen
Submitted by Elsie Thigpen on Jul 25 2018 05:15:18 PM
Billy Brown lit a candle for Barbara Heath Matthews
Billy Brown lit a candle on Jul 25 2018 08:42:59 AM
Ms. Barbara was such a beautiful person inside and out and she will be greatly missed. I know she is so happy to be with her Lord and Savior and with her sweet husband Mr. Jimmy. I know Heaven is sweeter with her there. I will keep you all in my heart and in my prayers.
"That moment. . . When faith becomes sight" To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
Submitted by Amanda Bryant Hickman on Jul 25 2018 08:17:19 AM
Betty Lanier lit a candle for Barbara Heath Matthews
Betty Lanier lit a candle on Jul 25 2018 01:21:35 AM
So sorry for your loss......Our thoughts and prayers for the family.
Tony & Dianne Bowen
Submitted by Tony Bowen on Jul 24 2018 09:43:16 PM
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