AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Thelma Teresa Elim Matthews, 91, widow of Elmer L. Matthews, entered into rest Saturday, May 1, 2010, at her residence. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church with Rev. Paul Gardner officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Garden. Mrs. Matthews, the daughter of the late Christopher Elim, Sr. and Cora Giles Elim, was a native of Augusta, Ga. and a 1936 graduate of Paine High School. In addition to being owner and manager of Nearby Grocery for several years before retiring, Mrs. Matthews was very active with the Paine College Concert Choir and the Augusta Chorale. As a member of Williams Memorial C.M.E. Church for many years, she served in numerous capacities including the Senior Choir and Estella Jackson Missionary Circle. Surviving are her son, Gregory A. Matthews, Augusta, Ga.; two daughters, Carmen E. Matthews, Augusta, Ga., Doris M. (John) Spells, Columbia, S.C.; three grandchildren, Amy M. (Revi) Williams, Decatur, Ga., Tanya Y. Spells, Atlanta, Ga., Monica N. Spells, Columbia, S.C.; one great granddaughter, Eliana H. Williams, Decatur, Ga.; brother, Christopher (Edith) Elim, Jr., Augusta, Ga.; nephew, Reginald C. (Pamela) Elim, Riverdale, Ga.; cousins, Louise A. Blake, Montclair, Calif., Harvey Dean (Doris) Vincent, Fayetteville, N.C., Willie Elim, Pauline E. Young, Mary Alice B. Brown, Augusta, Ga.; a host of other relatives and friends. Remains will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Williams Funeral Home, 1765 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
The Augusta Chronicle-May 6, 2010