March 2, 2022, 68, Fremont –
Retired Master Sergeant Anthony Frank Matthews, 68, of Fremont went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at Durham VA Health Care System in Durham.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro. Interment with military honors will follow at Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Matthews was born in Wayne County on December 29, 1953 to the late William H. Matthews and Ruby Ann Hooks Matthews. He was a member of Stoney Creek Free Will Baptist Church. Serving the United States Air Force and retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant and most notably served in Desert Storm. A devoted husband, father, and friend, Tony was always on standby if somebody needed help with anything. If you ever needed a fishing buddy, Tony was the man to call. If you couldn’t find him fishing in a fishing hole, you could find him admiring God’s beauty in nature.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Matthews; three sons, Jason Matthews and companion, Sarah Stanley of Farmville, Scottie Matthews and wife, Amber Shipman of South Carolina and Ronnie Person of Fremont and fiancee, Emily Alford of Elm City; two brothers, LaVon Matthews and wife, Pam of Goldsboro and Stan Matthews and wife, Barbara of Goldsboro; one sister, Mawan Bunn and husband, Joel of Rosewood; four grandchildren, Amberlynn Matthews, Shannon Matthews, Anna & Garrett; and two great-grandsons, Sawyer and Patrick.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Matthews was preceded in death by his first wife, Deborah Matthews, the mother of his sons, Jason Matthews and Scottie Matthews and his pride and joy, his fur baby, Piper.
The family is in the care of Howell Funeral Home & Crematory in Goldsboro.