OBITUARY

Alfred C. Matthews II

October 31, 1942December 3, 2018
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Alfred C. "Buddy" Matthews, passed away on Dec 3, 2018. He was the son of Alfred and Rebecca Matthews, long time members of Florida Street Baptist Church. He is survived by his sister Janice Holder, his children Russell and wife Stephanie Matthews of Wilmington, NC., Jason and his wife Debra Matthews of Graham, NC., and Gentry Matthews of Gibsonville, NC. He leaves behind five grandchildren, Cayden, Holden & Jenson Matthews, Aaron & Justin Mills, four great grandchildren Noah, Naomi, Noella , Nicholas, and "Colette." He is proceeded in death by his parents, Alfred and Rebecca, sister Ruth Thomas, his first son Andy, and "Nestle".

Buddy was a long time member of Florida St. Baptist church, where he attended with his family and met the people he would begin to build his own family around. Many years of his life were spent as an independent business owner where he touched the lives of countless people and established the bonds of multiple enduring friendships alive to this day. His greatest passion outside of his family was his involvement with racing, most notably his participation with the North Carolina Region of SCCA, a founding member of Triad Sports Car Club, and GOOSE. He became a central figure with theses organizations, most notably SCCA where he held multiple offices and gave countless hours of his life to assist in the successful events of the club. Many members of the club have been assisted in their personal connections through his help in getting them ready or connected to what ever resources they may have been lacking, benefiting from his abilities & knowledge. More than anything else people benefited from his "never say die" approach, no matter how tired he was or was making them. He applied that heads down technique to most things he was involved with in life, always evident in the love and dedication he had for his family and how he expressed it.

There will be an absence in the world and in the lives of his family and friends. They just don't make them like him anymore. His greatest personal wish would be to be remembered as a "Good Guy", and hope that no matter how he was often perceived, that his love for family and friends was always what shown through. He will be missed and mourned by many of us for the rest of our lives, but rest assure he wants nothing but the best for us all going forward.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association.

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  • American Heart Association

Services

  • Visitation at Hanes Lineberry N. Elm Chapel Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Memorial Service at Hanes Lineberry N. Elm Chapel Saturday, December 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Judy Wojek Lang

December 9, 2018

Buddy was truly that, a Buddy. I worked at PJs for several years, through different phases of my life. Buddy encouraged and supported me through each of them with kindness, compassion and understanding. Buddy will be missed by all who knew him, my sincere condolences to his family.

Yvonne Papas

December 7, 2018

Love and prayers to all family and friends. Buddy was a very special person who will be missed by many, young and old. He had a wealth of knowledge and always willing to help others especially if a car was involved. Look out Saint Peter, your new "tech chief" has reported for duty ! !

Sam Fouse

December 7, 2018

I've tried to recall when I first met Buddy, but honestly, I can't remember a time when I didn't know him. It must have been in the late 70's or early 80's, probably at a track somewhere in SEDIV.

I got to know him more personally as my/our RE in the 80's and early 90's when I was just another racer. Then, shortly after VIR re-opened, we worked together on the design and construction of the scales room at VIR. Buddy was an innovator, always analyzing and thinking ahead, and racing was his passion. For the past six years, we worked together as members of the NC Region Board.

To those who didn't know him, Buddy could sometimes come off as a bit direct, but that was just his nature. Those of us who knew him better knew that was just the exterior. One on one, he was thoughtful, soft spoken and kind, with a sense of humor, and a wealth of experience.

He will be missed by all who knew him and, by his absence, many who didn't. See you on the other side Buddy.

Don Drennon

December 7, 2018

He was always there.

Already a fixture when I started flagging in ‘87, it seemed that his presence in tech was a feature of every race I attended.

His role as “Divisional Administrator of Wine & Dine” resulted in social events which have become the stuff of legend.

There was no job he was unwilling to do, and he always had a kind word for me. Always.

I can’t believe he’s gone. Vaya con Dios, Buddy. We will not forget.

Chuck Stanley

December 6, 2018

Buddy is and will always be a standout and backbone of our NC Region of the Sports Car Club of America. That’s where I met Buddy, and my life was enriched. We shared time on our Board of Directors and it was very evident his knowledge, passion and work ethic was second to none. My respect for Buddy began the first day I met him and only grew in time. I will dearly miss you Buddy, you were a brother that left us way too early. Godspeed special friend.

Jeff Yeattes

December 6, 2018

SCCA, TSCC, and the more obscure GOOSE, Greensboro Organization Of Sportscar Enthusiasts were all places for Buddy to spread his passion for sportscar racing. I met him some 40 years ago sharing the same passion. He was a friend, mentor and one of the most caring individuals I’ve ever met. There is no replacement. Prayers for all affected by his passing.

Julian Doby

December 6, 2018

I first met Buddy at a racetrack in Savannah when I traveled to help Gentry, Rusty and Jason. Buddy loved cars and the racing atmosphere, and obviously time with his sons. I later noticed that he enjoyed to soap box derby at scouts with his grandsons. Racing, just on a smaller scale. He enjoyed family and was a good fellow and will be missed.

Jimmy Vaughn

December 6, 2018

I first met Buddy at PJ'S and soon became friends just by talking to him about racing and I went to Charlotte Motor Speedway with him a few time to the Sports Car Races. Spent many nights talking with him at PJ's. Buddy RIP my friend

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY