Martha Matthews Wilson

June 1, 1935June 12, 2018

Martha Slankard Matthews Wilson, age 83 of Benson departed this life on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Transitions LifeCare Hospice in Raleigh. She was born in Lake Port, California on June 1, 1935 to the late William Henry Slankard and the late Lucinda Wagner Slankard. She was also preceded in death by her first husband Junior Elwood Matthews; her son, David Preston Matthews and several brothers and sisters. Martha leaves behind to mourn her passing her husband Dale Wilson; Daughter: Lori Rice of Erwin and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

You are cordially invited to a time of visitation on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Erwin.

A funeral service to commemorate the life of Martha Matthews Wilson will be conducted on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. in the nave of St. Stephens Episcopal Church with Rev. Ann Burts presiding. She will be laid to rest at Pleasant Union Church Cemetery in Lillington.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 or Transitions LifeCare Hospice, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

All arrangements are entrusted to Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Dale Wilson, Husband
  • David Preston Matthews, Son
  • Lori Rice Erwin, Daughter
  • Several Grand Children, Grandchild
  • Several Great Grand Children, Great Grandchild

  • Johnny Williams
  • Randy Mason
  • Mark Gibbons
  • Lloyd Maynard
  • Earl Boudreau
  • Johnny Honeycutt

  • St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
  • Transistions LifeCare Hospice


  • Recieving Of Friends Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 15, 2018

Martha Matthews Wilson

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Connie Carlson

June 23, 2018

Aunt Martha was the last of the 8 Slankard Siblings born to Lucinda and William Henry. She will be missed by her immediate family and by many nieces and nephews and their children who never got a chance to know her. She left me with wonderful memories of music....piles of Hit Parade magazines from when she was a teenager living with us. She was an amazing musician...a natural talent for piano and voice. So many wonderful times around the piano with Aunt Martha playing away. Play on, Aunty.