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Larry D. Matthews

July 10, 1948 ~ October 5, 2017 (age 69)

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Mr. Larry D. Matthews, age 69, of Old Fort, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville.  The son of the late Arthur and Reba Watts Matthews, Larry was born in Buncombe County on July 10, 1948.  He served his country honorably in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War era.  Following his military service he found himself learning many different trades and having done so he became an indispensable figure in his community as he could be counted on to fix just about anything that happened to break.  His many unknown contributions to his neighbors were unsung but greatly appreciated by those he helped.  Larry truly loved bass fishing and enjoyed taking his family with him when he fished.  He was a member of Grovestone Baptist Church in Swannanoa for much of his life.  He loved his family and friends and those who knew him will miss him very much.  A sister, Debbie Whitson, preceded him in death.


Larry leaves behind his beloved wife of 50 years, Mina Walker Matthews, of the home; two children, Darin Kevin Matthews and wife Rebecca of Old Fort and Lisha Matthews Walston of Swannanoa; a sister, Denise Braine and husband Mark of Asheville; five grandchildren, Lucas, Aubrey, Zane, Tristan and Levi; and numerous nieces and nephews.


A service of remembrance and celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Service in Old Fort with Mr. Darin Matthews, Pastor Tim Earwood and Rev. Marty Connor officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial, with military honors, will follow at Cherry Springs Memorial Park.  Those wishing to honor Larry’s memory might consider Hospice of McDowell County at 575 Airport Road, Marion, NC 28752, or perhaps doing something that would put a smile on his face, this is, take a kid fishing.  

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