GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Private funeral services for Dr. John C. Matthews will be held in Augusta. Dr. Matthews, 74, of Midland Drive, Graniteville, S.C., beloved husband of Betty Wall Matthews, died Saturday, January 05, 2002, at St. Josephs Hospital, Augusta. He was born January 7, 1927, in Lilburn, Ga. to Paul Tyson and Ruby McKinney Matthews. He graduated from Tucker High School, Tucker, Ga. in 1944 and joined the Merchant Marines. Dr. Matthews was a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in pharmacy in 1953 and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1957 with his medical degree. He was a captain in the U.S. Army where he served his internship. Dr. Matthews began his private practice in Graniteville, SC in 1960 and practiced both in Graniteville and Aiken for 41 years. He currently served as chairman of the pharmacy commission at Aiken Regional Medical Centers and was a member of the Aiken County Medical Society, The American Medical Association and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Fraternity. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three sons, John Edwards "Tray" Matthews, Aiken, Paul Tyson Matthews II and Charles Alexander Matthews, both of Graniteville; two daughters, Susan Matthews Mikell, Estill, and Betsy Ginger Matthews, Aiken; a sister, Peggy Matthews Rowland, Decatur, Ga.; and three grandchildren, John Christopher Hames Matthews, William David Matthews and Ellee Elizabeth Mikell. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Thomas, Bill, Paul, Dan and Jim Matthews and a sister, Hettie Cruce. Pallbearers will be Bill Burch, Barry Burch, Joe Rowland, Hubert Lovell, Chip Mikell, Christopher Matthews and Will Matthews. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Ste. 205, Columbia, S.C. 29204. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Rivers Funeral Home, Inc., 715 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, S.C.
The Augusta Chronicle January 6, 2002