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St Andrews Presbyterian Church
Thursday September 29th, 2022

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St Andrews Presbyterian Church
Thursday September 29th, 2022

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St Andrews Presbyterian Church
Thursday September 29th, 2022

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Gilbert Page Matthews

Gilbert Page Matthews, 95, of Sanford, died peacefully on Monday, September 26, 2022, surrounded by family.


Born in Sanford on May 8, 1927, he was the son of the late Ezra Q. Matthews and Beulah A. Matthews.  He was preceded in death by his wife of forty years Alice McGilvary Matthews; siblings James Matthews, Edna McDuffie, Gaither Matthews and Glenn Matthews; son-in-law Larry Wann; and stepson Mark Oldham.


Gilbert is survived by his wife Maxine Oldham Matthews; siblings Gaynelle Cox and Gray Matthews; daughters Linda M. Wann and Carol M. McDonald; grandchildren Erin (Grey) Allen, Alison (Luke) Arno, Logan McDonald, and Charlotte McDonald; and great-grandsons Wesley and Owen Allen and Davis Arno; step children Donnie (Susan) Oldham, Vicki (Tom) Haislip, and Kristy Oldham; step grandchildren Richard Oldham, Brooks Haislip, Jennifer Oldham Williams, Alex Haislip Martin, Makayla and Spencer Oldham; and several step great-grandchildren.


Gilbert graduated from Greenwood High School in 1944 and followed his family’s tradition in farming and community affairs. He was awarded the Degree of American Farmer during the National Convention of the Future Farmers of America  in 1945.  He worked at the family dairy farm, Hester Wilson, Sandhills Production Credit Association and was the manager of the Farmer’s Cooperative Warehouse.  He served as President of the Greenwood Water System, chairman of the Lee County Soil and Water Supervisors and was a charter member of the Lemon Springs Ruritan Club.  Gilbert faithfully attended and served at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, where he was named Elder Emeritus in 2019.


Funeral services will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 2pm with burial to follow.  Family will receive visitors following the service in the church fellowship hall.


Memorial contributions can be made to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church or an organization of your choice.

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Dear Linda and Carol: So sorry to hear of the great loss of your dad. You were blessed with a good one for sure. God comfort your hearts and I will remember you in pray.

Kathy Epley Oct 1 2022 10:29 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gilbert Matthews

Karen Kershner Sep 30 2022 10:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gilbert Matthews

John Oldham Sep 29 2022 8:56 PM

If you were to look up the phrase "Southern Gentleman," you just might find Gilbert Matthew's photo. We also found that when Gilbert spoke, he was worth listening to. He will surely be missed by his family and his community. Our condolences to the family.

Danny and Jeanette Redman Sep 29 2022 4:27 PM

Gilbert was the best man I ever farmed for in all my years of farming tobacco. He was a very even tempered man and never saw him get angry. I'm sure I did things that made him mad, but he never told me. He will be greatly missed.

William Cole Sep 28 2022 6:03 PM

I remember Gilbert was a good person, esp to the Lemon Springs Ruritan Club with My Uncle Rupert, He loved Greenwood School and his first wife was a teacher at Greenwood and one of mine, He was always with her at Greenwood activities and ball games, HE gained his wings Praise God

Ina Mae and Terry Spivey Sep 28 2022 8:20 AM

Mr Gilbert was one of the most kindest people you would ever meet! I rented a house from him for over a year. He checked on me weekly. He made sure I was always safe. Thank you Mr. Gilbert for being an example of a Godly person. You will truly be missed. Prayers lifted for the family.

Shelia Bethune Peppers Sep 27 2022 9:29 PM

What a great man.He was always so kind and loved to pick on me. I will never forget when I joined the church he was there if I ever needed to ask a question.Thank you Mr.Gilbert you will always be special to me.Gid Bless 🙏

Connie Hickman Sep 27 2022 8:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gilbert Matthews

James and Vivian Taylor Sep 27 2022 5:43 PM

When I think of Gilbert Matthews the word Gentleman comes to my mind.What a fine Gentleman was Gilbert and any that knew him would have to agree. May God comfort all his family and loved ones during this time of grief.

Jim and Cathy Paschal Sep 27 2022 3:45 PM

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