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OBITUARY

Robert Bernard "Joe" Mathews

October 21, 1929May 5, 2020
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Robert Bernard "Joe" Mathews of Madison Heights, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2020, at his home. He was born October 21, 1929 in Stapleton to the late Charles Wesley Mathews and Effie Moore Mathews. Surviving Joe is his wife Marilyn of The Elms Memory Care Facility in Lynchburg. Joe and Marilyn were married for 68 years. COVID-19 kept them from spending their last few months together which was difficult for both of them.

Joe is also survived by his sisters, Margaret Hostetter (Mack) of Madison Heights, Frances Webster (Paul) of Madison Heights and brother, Clyde Mathews (Faye) of Rustburg. Surviving also are his sisters-in-law, Judy Campbell of Amherst, Trudy Beard of Madison Heights, Wilma Lee Reith of Wilmington, NC, Phyllis Bruce of Forest and Linda Baber of Waynesboro and numerous and special nieces and nephews.

Joes was preceded in death by sisters, Mable Pillow (Harold), Willie Ann Tetter (Tom), Helen Mathews and Dorothy Mathews; brothers, Harry Mathews (Lucille), Gordon Mathews (Tiny), his twin, Dick Mathews (Becky), Buck Mathews (Lillie) and Dewey Mathews.

Joe was a faithful member of Amelon United Methodist Church until Marilyn became ill. He served three years in the U.S. Army in Anchorage, Alaska during the Korean War and six years in the reserves. Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved deer and turkey hunting and Marilyn used to joke that if anything happened to her, someone would have to “go to the woods” to find him. He was well known throughout Amherst County for his love of hunting. He took great pride in his collection of 82 turkey “beards". When Joe wasn’t hunting or fishing, he enjoyed playing golf with friends. Joe was a figurehead at Amherst County High School and the little league fields cheering on the high school teams and a couple generations of family children. Joe retired from the Lynchburg Foundry after 29 years of service and worked 17 more years for the News and Advance before retiring “again” in 2017. After retirement, Joe and Marilyn traveled to Texas, Idaho and the Outer Banks. Joe fished in Idaho and Nags Head and scouted out deer, elk and moose in Wyoming. He talked about those trips for years.

Much appreciation and gratitude is given for all the care from the many agencies of Centra Health and Meals on wheels from Central Virginia Alliance for Community Service. Sincere thanks to his special neighbor William, friend Allen and caring nephew Richard Lee. Much appreciation to Laurie and Elizabeth who went beyond caregiving to care for Joe.

In lieu of flowers, anyone considering a memorial, please consider the Alzheimer’s Association.

A memorial service will be conducted 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 1, 2020, with Pastor Allan Monfils officiating.

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

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Lillie Mathews

August 1, 2020

Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all the family during this difficult time. Unfortunately, due to the Cov-id virus, we will be unable to attend the memorial service but we will be with the rest of the family in spirit.
Lillie Mathews and family.

Richard E. Goodman

May 14, 2020

Yesterday we learned of Joe's death. He was a kind, good neighbor.
We shall miss him. Our sincere sympathy to all family members.

Richard & Janet Goodman

Diane Foster

May 13, 2020

Please accept my condolences for Joe's passing. I met him and Marilyn at T&W service station in Monroe. We had breakfast there everyday...after his paper route. He was so interesting to listen to his experiences. RIP Joe.

Diane Foster

May 13, 2020

Please accept my condolences for Joe's passing. I met him and Marilyn at T&W service station in Monroe. We all had breakfast there everyday. He was so interesting to listen to his experiences. He was a fine man. RIP Joe.

Allan Monfils

May 12, 2020

I enjoyed seeing Joe’s smile every time I saw him. He loved playing golf but he loved the guys he played with more. He often talked about his church. When they were growing, when they were struggling and his many friends he missed since their passing. He knew he was blessed and shared with me his faith in Jesus as his hope of eternal life. Absent from the body, present with the Lord for all who believe in and live for Jesus.

MARILYN KODA

May 11, 2020

Hope all is well

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Biography

Robert “Joe” Bernard Mathews of Madison Heights, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2020, at his home. He was born October 21, 1929, in Stapleton, to the late Charles Wesley Mathews and Effie Moore Mathews. Surviving Joe is his wife Marilyn of The Elms Memory Care Facility in Lynchburg. Joe and Marilyn were married for 68 years. COVID-19 kept them from spending their last few months together which was difficult for both of them.

Joe is also survived by his sisters, Margaret Hostetter (Mack) of Madison Heights, Frances Webster (Paul) of Madison Heights and brother, Clyde Mathews (Faye) of Rustburg. Surviving also are his sisters-in-law, Judy Campbell of Amherst, Trudy Beard of Madison Heights, Wilma Lee Reith of Wilmington, NC, Phyllis Bruce of forest and Linda Baber of Waynesboro; and numerous and special nieces and nephews.

Joes was preceded in death by sisters, Mable Pillow (Harold), Willie Ann Tetter (Tom), Helen Mathews and Dorothy Mathews; brothers, Harry Mathews (Lucille), Gordon Mathews (Tiny), his twin, Dick Mathews (Becky), Buck Mathews (Lillie) and Dewey Mathews.

Joe was a faithful member of Amelon United Methodist Church until Marilyn became ill. He served three years in the U.S. Army in anchorage, AK during the Korean War and six years in the reserves. Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved deer and turkey hunting and Marilyn used to joke that if anything happened to her, someone would have to “go to the woods” to find him. He was well known throughout Amherst County for his love of hunting. He took great pride in his collection of 82 turkey “beards.” When Joe wasn’t hunting or fishing, he enjoyed playing golf with friends. Joe was a figurehead at Amherst County High School and the little league fields cheering on the high school teams and a couple generations of family children. Joe retired from the Lynchburg Foundry after 29 years of service and worked 17 more years for the News and Advance before retiring “again” in 2017. After retirement, Joe Marilyn traveled to Texas, Idaho and the Outer Banks. Joe fished in Idaho and Hags Head and scouted out deer, elk and moose in Wyoming. He talked about those trips for years.

Much appreciation and gratitude is given for all the care from the many agencies of Centra Health and Meals on wheels from Central Virginia Alliance for Community Service. Sincere thanks to his special neighbor William, friend Allen and caring nephew, Richard Lee. Much appreciation to Laurie and Elizabeth who went beyond caregiving to care for Joe.

In lieu of flowers, anyone considering a memorial, please consider the Alzheimer’s Association.

A memorial service will be conducted 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 1, 2020, with Pastor Allan Monfils officiating.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittenmonelison.com.

Whitten Monelison Chapel is serving the family, (434) 929-5712.

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