Richard Norman “Dick” Matthews, age 64, of Tignal, GA, formerly of Greensboro, GA, died Monday, November 7, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. A native of Ocean County, NJ he was born May 22, 1941 to the late George Kingsley Matthews and Margaret Kohler Matthews. Dick grew up in Lakewood, NJ where he graduated from Lakewood High School. After high school he attended archeology and geology school in Colorado. He always dabbled in antiques and was a history buff. He was instrumental in the restoration of the Shippen Manor in Oxford, New Jersey. His interest was in historic preservation and he had helped to restore the Old Gaol, Wyatt Museum and numerous historic sites in Greensboro. He was the Captain of the 14th GA Light Artillery Reenacting Group, a member of the SCV (Sons of Confederate Veterans), a member of the Greene County Historical Society Board and involved with the Chamber of Commerce. He was selected from thousands to be one of forty-eight men chosen to serve as a pallbearer for the remains of the Hunley Submarine crew when they were reinterred in Charleston, SC. He will be missed greatly by all of his friends in the Greensboro Community.
He is survived by a friend, Danny Golden of Greensboro, GA; a sister, Carolyn Matthews Masden of Sebastian, FL; two brothers, Harold Matthews of Sebastian, FL and Dennis Matthews and wife Rose of Galloway, NJ; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a dear friend and companion Jim Bishop.
Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Kearney’s Farm, 3551 Walker Church Road, Greensboro, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the 14th GA Light Artillery, c/o Rex and Sandra Dauler, 2650 Penfield Road, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.