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Lottie L Matthews
Apr 23, 1926 to Dec 19, 2014


Lottie Carol Lucas Matthews started her journey in life when she was born to John and Veola Woods Lucas on April 23, 1926 in Florence. She was one of their nine children and one adopted child, who all preceded her in death. She departed this life on Friday, December 19, 2014. Her education began in Florence County at the Olive Grove Elementary School and she later attended Wilson High School in Florence from which she graduated in 1945. Also in September 1945, she was joined in marriage to Wheler Matthews, Sr., who preceded her in death after 67 years of marriage in November 2012. From this union five sons were born, two preceded her in death, Jethro and Alphonso Edward. The others were Frank, Wheeler and John Theodore. Early in marriage the family moved from Florence County to Sumter, where she continued her education by enrolling at Morris College. There she earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and did additional education from the University of South Carolina, in special education and early childhood education. She was also a state certified reading teacher. She received numerous awards throughout her career including teacher of the year. Lottie was active in numerous organizations throughout the Sumter community. At a time when the role of women in their families was limited she expanded the boundaries by undertaking new but needed challenges that brought great tangible and intangible benefits to her family and others. She was the founder of Matthews Florists which was built on her life long love of flowers and gardening. She successfully balanced the skills needed to have a career yet be a supportive wife, caregiver, advocate and prodder of five “knuckled headed” boys. To say that she was only loved would not convey the depth of the feelings expressed by so many. Though she had no biological daughters she did have throngs of surrogate girls and women who along with her own daughters in law, granddaughters and nieces who came to her for frank but loving advice and direction in their lives. She leaves a legacy of sweet memories for three sons and five daughters-in-law, Frank (Joan) of Oakton, VA, Wheeler Jr. (Carrilla) of Seneca, John (Gwindolyn) of Sumter, Cherryl Matthews of Baton Rouge, LA, Louise Matthews of Silver Spring, MD. Joining these are her twelve grandchildren, Wellington, Michael (Regina), Evan, Terry (Kim), Maya (Keith), Frank J. (Carrie), Kelvin, Shayla (Marcus), Tasha (Michael), Leah, Jade and Sarah; and sixteen great-grandchildren, Noah, Owen, Teona, Jaylen, Matthew, Kai, Julia, Kayla, Isabella, Justin, Jayden, Jordan, Makayla, Jennifer, Jessica, and Michael. Also many cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. The 31st Book of Proverbs describes a capable wife. In many ways Lottie Matthews employed these traits in dealing with her family and others. And by doing so she created a lasting legacy. Celebration of Life and Legacy will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday, December 27, 2014 from the First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 South Washington Street, Sumter, with the Reverend George P. Windley, Jr., pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. O. J. Hannah, Minister Arron Vaughn, the Rev. William S. Randolph, and the Rev. Frank Williams, Jr. The family is receiving family and friends at the family home, 826 Legare Street, Sumter. A Wake services will be held 6:30 – 7:30 p. m., Friday, during which the Eastern Star Rites will be presented, from the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, 821 North Main Street, Sumter. The Remains will be placed in the church at 11:00 a. m. for viewing until time of the services. The procession will leave from the family home at 11:30 a. m. Floral bearers will be granddaughters. Honorary floral bearers will be Retired School Teachers, Eastern Stars and United Order of Tent. Pall bearers will be grandsons and Men of First Baptist Missionary Church. Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.
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