Shelby Matthews

Shelby Matthews

Shelby Sawyer Mathews, 71, of 611 Laura Lee Street, Elizabeth City, NC died Monday, September 9, 2013 at her residence. A native of Perquimans County she was the daughter of the late Davis M. Sawyer and Talmadge Everton Sawyer and the widow of L. L. “Sonny” Matthews. She was a homemaker, attended Fountain of Life Church and was a member of the Elizabeth City Lion’s Club.

She is survived by three daughters, Darlene Sanderlin and husband William of Shawboro, NC, Rebecca Wynne of Greenville, NC, and Janet Lamm and husband Ken of Elizabeth City, NC; a son, Stacey Matthews and wife Peggy of Elizabeth City, NC; three half-sisters, Linda Vicini of Raleigh, NC, Betty Lou Bundy of Roper, NC, and Peggy Boyce of Tyner, NC; eleven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by a granddaughter, Crystal Hussey.

Funeral services will be Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Preston Pitchford officiating. Burial will follow in West Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday at the funeral home from 7:00 to 8:30 at the funeral home and at other times at the residence. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Matthews family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting

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  1. June Gibbs

    Shelby, Darlene, Joan and I were very close in high school. Though I haven’t seen a lot of Shelby recently, I will never forget our fun times in high school.
    She was a very special friend to me and I know that you all will miss her greatly. you have my condolences!

  2. Kay Acurio

    Sending my sincere condolences to all of you. I always enjoyed talking to her. Cherish all the good times. In His Love, Kay Acurio

  3. Joyce Byrum

    Darlene and family, I am so sorry to hear of Shelby’s passing…She was a very special lady to me…I remember growing up and you all lived across the street from us on Burlington Drive…I was a teenager and your Mom and Dad always would listen to my problems… I loved them both dearly…Sending my love to all of you and keeping you in my thougts and prayers…Heaven has gained another angel…

  4. June Banks Melvin

    May God lift your family up in prayer. We had some good times together at the Moose Lodge dances in our younger days. So sorry for your loss.

  5. Mike and Kathy Duncan

    Darelene and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the death of your mom. She is not suffering anymore.
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Tammy and Johnny Sawyer

    Janet and Becky:
    I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Please know that I am praying for you and your family. May the Lord give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  7. Phyllis Baker

    We are so sorry about Aunt Shelby,
    we love ya’ll and you are in our prayers.

    Mary Ethel, Tammy and Phyllis

  8. Pam Luton

    To the family of Ms. Shelby. Bobby and I were so sorry to hear about your mom and grandmother. She was always very nice to us. Please know that I am thinking of you all

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