Johnnie Mathews

Johnnie Mathews

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

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  1. Eva Harrison

    Very sorry to hear about Mr. Johnnie’s passing. He was a very dear man and I will miss his presence at Mt. Hermon. Eva Lou Harrison

  2. Jonathan & Shirley Crank

    Linda, we are sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Jeffrey Haynie

    To the Mathews family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Captain Johnnie in the early 80’s . he was a awesome boatmen, teacher and friend.

  4. Marco Lopez and Carol Pacey

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. Johnny was a wonderful man and my family all adored him. Peace and blessings.

    The Pacey Families of AZ, NC and VA

  5. Marilyn and Karl Stroman

    We were heartbroken over the news of your Father’s passing. He always had something funny to say and could make you laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all now. Love to you all.

  6. Bill Pacey

    Mr. Johnnie was a good friend of my parents in Hertford. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

    I will never forget that infectious smile and great laugh only he had. We sat more than a few times on my parents deck talking about boats and eating crabs.

    RIP Mr. Johnnie.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the rest of his family.

  7. Judy and Billy Perry

    We loved Mr. Johnnie and always looked forward to talking to him on Sunday mornings. He never missed a Sunday asking me if I was going to sing and where was my ol man. I can hear him now. This was such a shock. We will truly miss this fine gentelman. Our prayers go out to Ms. Joyce and the rest of the family.
    Sincerely, Billy and Judy Perry

  8. Sandra (Judge) Tallon

    Dear ones,
    Johnnie will be missed. He loved Joyce and his children in his family. He was a joy to visit and be around. We will all miss him.

    Sandy, Mike and Paula Zimmerman, Nancy Hoback and Jim Zimmerman

  9. Richard & Delores Seymour

    To the family of Johnnie Mathews, I would like to say that we came to know Johnnie at Eastern star. He was a very pleasant man and a joy to talk to. He will be missed. I pray that God will supply you with the strength and peace and perhaps even joy that each of each of you will need at this time. He will be missed greatly. Richard & Delores Seymour

  10. Judy & Joe Burch

    So sorry for your Loss, we will miss Johnnie at our Civic League and around on the Island.

  11. Ruth Fritzler

    Our heart felt sympathy. We will all miss Johnny. We spent many years having many good times and a great friendship. He and Joyce have always been like family. Our family will miss him.He has been part of our thoughts for the past 60 years.

  12. Sarah McLawhorn Harris

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Matthews passing. We will surely miss him at Mt. Herman Church.
    Randy & Sarah Harris

  13. ronald mathews


  14. Toni Wood

    My love and prayers go out to this family. Mr. Johnnie was a nice man. He always had a smile for you.

  15. Barbara & Terry Redenz

    Our condolences to the Family on the passing of Johnnie. He will be missed by all that knew him.

  16. Jerry and Anna Buice

    Linda, Michael, and Melody:
    Uncle Johnny will be missed by all. We enjoyed sharing our visits with he and your mom in South Carolina while visiting mom and dad in Spartanburg. He always had a wit about him that kept us on our toes. Such fond memories. God bless you all. We will surely miss him and the great “Fish Camp” times we had with them. I will have to share those stories one day. It is quite a treat. Love you all!!!!

  17. Margie Byrum

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Johnny. Our prayers go out to Joyce and the Mathews family. Margie Byrum and family.

  18. Helene and Nick

    My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult loss. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you in this trying time.
    Love Helene, Nick and Danielle

  19. Kyle and Genny Luff

    We are so sorry to here about Paw Paw’s passing. Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you.

  20. Alan and Anna Brickey

    Uncle Johnny will be missed….
    Love and prayers to the family……

    Love Alan and Anna

  21. pam parker

    Although I never had the pleasure of meeting you I know you were an amazing man by the way you raised your daughter Mel. She is the most honest,loving,and giving friend I have ever had and through many conversations with her I know it’s because of you. You will be missed by all your children. You have given them a lifetime of wonderful memories that will always keep you alive in their hearts. Our prayers are with your family and I will always be there for your daughter. Rest in peace your family is loved because of the values you passed on to them.

  22. Mark Pennington


    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you can find some comfort in the coming days. All of us here will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.


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