GREENSBORO John Linwood Mathews, age 95, died on July 4 at Beacon Place after a brief illness. John was born in Hertford County near Murfreesboro, NC on May 30, 1923. He was the son of Orris Linwood Mathews and Martha Lucy Johnson Mathews. He graduated from Murfreesboro High School as the salutatorian of his class. He received an Associate in Arts from Chowan College where he graduated third in his class. He went on to finish his education at King's Business College in Raleigh, NC in accounting. He was in the US Navy for two years aboard the hospital ship USS Tranquility as the storekeeper using his accounting abilities. The Tranquility served as base hospital ship for the third fleet in the Pacific during the closing days of World War II. In 1953 he married Esther Frances Bagwell of Durham. He was a CPA and a partner in the Tax Department of A. M. Pullen and Co. for forty years. After retiring from public accounting, he worked for four years as controller of Transmission Supplies. John was an active member of First Baptist Church for sixty-seven years where he served as Sunday school teacher for twenty-five years, deacon, church treasurer for eight years and on the Missions and Auditing committees. He and Esther went on mission trips to upstate New York, Scotland and Denmark. They went to Lawndale Baptist Church when it was a mission of First Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School teacher and Church Treasurer. He was past president of General Greene Civitan Club and later a member of Greensboro Civitan Club. For thirty-one years they enjoyed spending time at the mountain house they built on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They traveled to all forty-eight states and flew to Hawaii and drove a motor home to Alaska. He was predeceased by his parents; one brother, William C. Mathews; and a nephew, Bobby Mathews. He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years; two children, Marcia Mathews Cinato (Franco) of Germany and John Michael Mathews of Greensboro; three granddaughters, Charlotte Forster (Marc), Ariane Friedewald and Caroline Hunger (Florian), all of Germany; a niece, Nancy Mathews Parker (Dan); and a nephew, Ricky Mathews of Murfreesboro, NC. John was especially fond of Esther's nieces and nephews, Bill Livingston (Bronah), Ann L. Watson, Nancy Bagwell Jones (Tim), Dr. Betsy Bagwell Kemeny (Dr. Paul), Esta Bagwell, Leda Bagwell Larson (Lorin) and John Bagwell (Connie). A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of First Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the parlor prior to the service. Memorial gifts may be sent to First Baptist Church, 1000 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27401 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405. Arrangements are entrusted to Triad Cremation & Funeral Service of Greensboro.
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