Carl Brown Brown Matthews

January 11, 1929November 14, 2011

Carl Brown “Brown” Matthews, 82 died Monday, November 14, 2011. At his side was his loving and faithful wife of 28 years, Gelene A. Matthews. Brown was born on January 11, 1929 in Birmingham to Charles Franklin Matthews and Sam Lee Matthews. He graduated from Woodlawn High School and served in the Korean War. His primary career was in the food distribution business, servicing area hospitals and restaurants while working for local companies such as Wood Fruitticher and Red Diamond Institutional Foods. He enjoyed serving on the board of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Vestavia where he and Gelene have attended for several years and are members of Aldersgate Sunday School Class. Brown never met a stranger. He was a man of warmth and humor who loved his family and friends, and had a smile for everyone he encountered. Brown is preceded in death by his parents, as well as his son and namesake, Carl Brown Matthews, Jr. Survivors include his wife, Gelene A. Matthews of Birmingham; his son, Graham (Gina) Matthews; granddaughters: Krystal Matthews and Melanie Matthews all of Burbank, CA as well as his daughter Lynn Matthews of Concord, CA. Other survivors include his brother, Charles (Sissy) Matthews; his niece Cindy (Gary) Mitchell both of Birmingham. He was blessed to be a father and grandfather to his “bonus family” through Gelene: Kay Wren and friend Peggy Cunningham, Trey (Edith) Abernathy, Stephen (Marji) Abernathy, Drew Abernathy and John (Maggie) Abernathy; grandchildren: Amy (Patrick) Jones, Brad (Callie) Hydrick, Adam (Casey) Hydrick, Andrew and John Russell Abernathy, Mary Margaret and Marks Abernathy, Maggie Abernathy, Harriman, Brum, Frances and Sallie Abernathy. His memorial service will be held Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. The family would like to thank Dr. Stephen Stair and the staff of Greenbriar @ Altamont and New Beacon Hospice for their loving care. Those who wish to make a donation in honor of Brown may do so at these organizations that were near and dear to his heart: St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2901 Columbiana Road, Birmingham AL 35216 or the UAB Highlands Geriatric Unit at School of Medicine Development Office, Friends and Family Program, FOT 1231, 1530 Third Ave. So., Birmingham AL 35294-3412. Arrangements under the direction of Ridout's Gardendale Chapel, 205-631-6252 in Gardendale, AL.


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    Thursday, November 17, 2011


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BJ Scharath

December 13, 2011

Gelene, I just learned about Brown's death today, from who else, but Steve Marino. I am sending you a big warm hug. You and Brown were a special couple, and you both had a gift for making others feel special too. Peace be onto you, and if I can do anything for you, please let me know.

Jennifer Sherrod

November 19, 2011

I will always remember Brown for his great smile and laughter that made everyone feel special. He was the type of salesman who isn't seen so often these who kept his word and felt he worked for the customer. May God watch over his family during this time of sorrow.

Shirley Braswell

November 17, 2011

MY dear friend of old...I see your quick welcoming smile when I recall our years of friendship. Your humor was a constant with you and we counted on it to get us though some tough times. While our lives had not crossed so much in these recent years, my radar was up and some funny joke would make me want to run and tell you...but then I realized you had most likely started it anyway! You are an original creation of God. I will expect you to crack me up when I next see you in heaven. We will laugh once again.

November 16, 2011

Bless you Brown, Darlene and I thought of you as a special angel, your visit to her in church was a great blessing. may God bless and welcome you...Mike and Darlene Sudd.

November 16, 2011

Gelene and Family,

We were sorry to hear about Brown. He was a delightful person with a fun-loving personality.He seemed to always have a funny story to tell. May you all feel God's love around you through friends and family at this time.

Our deepest sympathy,

Jonnie and Paul Caddell

Cara Boyles

November 15, 2011

Rest in Peace Mr. Matthews........You are greatly missed! Mrs. Matthews, I am thinking of you!!! Miss your smiling face already! With love and sympathy,
Cara Boyles