Johnnie Burgis Mathews, 84, of 153 Venture Lane, Hertford, NC died Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Albemarle Hospital. He was a native North Carolinian born in Poplar Branch, NC to the late Issac Mathias Mathews and Mary Matilda Dowdy Mathews Adylette and the husband of fifty nine years to Joyce June Judge Mathews. A U S Army veteran, he lived many years in Virginia and was active in the Coleman Place Presbyterian Church. Upon retiring to North Carolina, he became a member of the Mt. Herman United Methodist Church. Mr. Mathews was a dedicated 32˚ Master Mason for over forty years. In Virginia, he was a Past Master of the Naomi Lodge #87 in Norfolk and most recently a Master Mason at Perquimans Lodge #106. Additionally, he was a Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Edenton Chapter #302.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Linda S. Crank and husband, Kim, Melody K Moore and husband Christopher all of Chesapeake, VA and Sheryl “Sherry” A. Wallace and husband Stephen of Elizabeth City, NC; a son Michael Mathews and wife Ann of The Village, FL; a sister Molly Lou Mathews of Grandy, NC; and Paw Paw to ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister and five brothers.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:00 am at Woodlawn Cemetery, 6309 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23502. The family will receive visitors Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church St. and following the service on Wednesday, at the home of Linda Crank, 548 Willow Oak Drive, Chesapeake, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 301 E. Main Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or Alzheimers’ Foundation, PO Box 1254, Elizabeth City, NC 27906. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Mathews family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.twifordfh.com.Print Obituary & Condolences