Mr. Bobby George Matthis, 85 of 1500 Chancey Rd., passed away with his family by his side Thursday, March 16, 2023, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice of Whiteville.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 20, at 11:00 AM at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with Dr. Oliver Scarett and Rev. Ray Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Born on September 24, 1937 in Sampson County, Bobby was the son of the late Leondias and Mamie Elizabeth Fryar Matthis. Bobby was a Veteran of the United States Army, a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, and a proud Christian who wasn’t afraid to share his testimony. In his early years he worked in home construction. He later worked at the agricultural department measuring land by day, and farming at night. He would trade work with his brother, Tom, whom he looked up to. He farmed in the Butler’s Crossroads area most of his life, where he and his wife, Linda raised their three children. He taught them that nothing in life is free – it is earned by the sweat of the brow. Later in Bobby’s life he had several accidents that led him to the Lord. He would speak at many churches to share how the Lord had blessed him in many ways and made numerous friends along the way. One of his favorite sayings was, “How blessed that he lived in such a great community as Sampson County.” Bobby never met a stranger and will truly be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Bobby is survived by his loving wife, Linda Absher Matthis of the home; daughter, Carol Williams of the home; two sons: Howard Matthis; Gene Matthis and wife, Crystal all of Clinton; six grandchildren: Zachary Williams, and wife, Star, Ashley Williams, and fiance Ryan, Kristen Spell, and husband, Justin, Tyler Matthis, and fiancee, Kelly, Stephanie Matthis, and fiance', Austin, and Miranda Matthis; five great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren: Kelsey, Joey, and Eli Hicks, one step great-grandchild; and his best “furry friend”, Bo.
In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by, his son-in-law, Anthony Williams, five sisters: Janie Kersey, Annie Laura Cannady, Elizabeth Dudley, Doris Saunders, and Marie Walters; two brothers: Tom Matthis and Leon Matthis.
The family will receive friends Sunday evening, March 19, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Royal-Hall Funeral Home Chapel and other times at his home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Southeastern Medical Oncology Center: 211 Beaman St., Clinton, NC 28328; or to Angel House Hospice Care: 206 Warrior Trail, Whiteville, NC 28472.
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