Shelton R. Matthews

November 13, 1943March 20, 2013

Shelton R. Matthews, 69, of Rome, GA, passed away Wednesday evening, March 20, 2013, at a local health care center.

Mr. Matthews was born in Cherokee Co., AL, on November 13, 1943, the son of the late James and Zonie Matthews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Matthews, and an infant brother. He was a graduate of Alexandria, AL, High School, attended numerous in house banking courses and had served as a police officer in Americus for a period of time.

Mr. Matthews was in banking for 32 years, being associated with Rome Bank and Trust, C & S, Greater Rome Bank, Home Federal savings and the Bank of Adairsville. He retired from United Community Bank as vice-president in 2009. He was a member of the Model Ruritan Club, and enjoyed annual hunting trips with his co-workers. He also enjoyed antiques, the Rome Braves and his grandkids’ activities.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne Shelnutt Gowens Matthews, to whom he was married January 12, 1984; children, Debbie Gowens Jones and Mike Jones, Braselton, and David Gowens and Jill Gowens, Silver Creek; grandsons, Michael Jones and Haley, Winder, Daniel Jones, Braselton, Dalton Gowens, Branson Gowens and Brody Gowens, all of Silver Creek; brothers and their wives, Dennis and Shannon Matthews, Aragon, Leroy Matthews and fiancée Brenda Brannon, Rome, and Donnie and Alliene Matthews, Aragon; a sister-in-law, Dot Matthews, Montezuma; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services was held Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Griffin Memorial Chapel of Daniel’s Funeral Home, Rome, with the Rev. Max Tucker and Dr. Frank Wood officiating. Interment was in the Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Doug Matthews officiating.

Pallbearers were co-workers from the United Community Bank: Steve Kemp, Ken Guice, David Johnson, Ward Daugherty, Jarrod Floyd, Dan Kinnebrew and Todd Kelly. Honorary pallbearers were John Self, Cliff White, Fred Hnatuk, Harold Crowe and members of the Model Ruritan Club.

The family received friends at Daniel’s Funeral Home on Friday, March 22, 2013, from 6 until 9 p.m.

Flowers were accepted or memorials may be sent to Braves Miracle Field, 755 Braves Blvd., Rome, GA 30161.


  • Visitation Friday, March 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 23, 2013

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March 23, 2013

Praying for you and the family. Shelton was a great person and he will be missed......Everett Ballard

Chico and Gina Braden

March 23, 2013

Praying for you and the family! Shelton was a great man who meant a lot to my family! He always had a smile on his face and kind words to say. He will be missed by family, friends, and the community!

Debra Cook

March 23, 2013

MaryAnn, I am keeping you in my prayers during this difficult moment in your life. Shelton passing away has left so many sad hearts. I was one of the lucky people who got to know Peepaw & Meemaw. We did not have grandparents nearby while we lived in Cave Springs GA & Center Ala. .He & Maryann was sent from God to be a blessing to us as grandparents to my children. I will miss talking to him. His smile & laugh always filled a room with happiness. His life here on earth was short, But now, a great & special man gets to enjoy spending eternity in Heaven with his Heavenly Father
. I love you & will miss you Peepaw.....
Debbie Gildee Cook (Springfield.Tn)

Leslie Yarbrough

March 23, 2013

I am sorry to find out Shelton had passed away, but Heaven gained an angel. I first met Shelton when he came to my house to see if me and my family would like to come to church at New Antioch Baptist Church. This where I got saved at and I have so many good memories riding the church bus with Shelton and the other church members. I will keep your family in my prayers God Bless all of y'all.

March 23, 2013

I had the great opportunity to work with Shelton and get to know him and Mary Ann over the years. My life has been greatly enriched and blessed by having him as a friend. I am comforted knowing that Shelton is now rejoicing in Heaven. He will be sorely missed. John Branam (Jacksboro, TN)

Debra Jackson

March 22, 2013

I was so sorry to hear that Shelton had passed away. He was my boss for five years and has been a dear friend for 35 years. He was a great person and will truly be missed. Mary Ann you are in my prayers.