Janice Lee (Harrawood) Matthews

Born: Fri., Sep. 22, 1939
Died: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 21, 2017
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Tue., Aug. 22, 2017
Location: Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church

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On August 15th, the feast day of the Assumption of our Holy Mother, Janice Lee (Harrawood) Matthews passed away after suffering a heart attack at her home. Born September 22nd,1939 she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Olive Bruce Harrawood. She was 77 years old. Her husband James V. Matthews was with her at the time. Attempts to revive her at her home and at the hospital were unsuccessful. 

She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, James, plus five children, Stanley E. Matthews of Homestead, Florida, Daniel J. Matthews, of Commerce, Georgia, Pamela J. Buie, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Kenneth J. Matthews, of Newnan, Georgia and Michael V. Matthews of Greensboro, Georgia. She is also survived by her sister, Joyce Ann Harrawood of Franklin, North Carolina. In addition to her children, she is survived by 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was a member of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church in Greensboro, Georgia. She was also a volunteer at the Christian Outreach Center in Greensboro, Georgia. 

Janice grew up in a small town, Carrier Mills, in Southern Illinois. In 1955, she was crowned Miss Saline County Illinois but was unable to pursue the Miss Illinois contest as she was only fifteen years old. She was a housewife principally until the 1990s, where she began a career in market research in the Atlanta, Georgia area. In 1997 and 1998 she was a co-owner of the market-research firm, McConnell Research and retired in 1999. After retirement, her principle activity was volunteering with the church and the Christian Outreach Center.  She was very active with her husband in the social functions throughout the Lake Oconee area.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, Georgia 30642 with Father Roberto Herrera officiating. The family will receive friends Monday night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. The rosary will be said at 6 p.m. on Monday evening. The family requests any memorials be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, Georgia 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. 

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Pamela Corry
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017
I was so shocked and saddened by Ms. Jan's passing. She was such a sweet lady. She will be greatly missed. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Shirley Pyle Boyle
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017
I've known Janice since we were infants and, although we didn't see each other very often, I've always thought of her as a very dear friend and her death greatly saddens me. Jim, you and your family will be remembered in my prayers.

Marigene and John Finch
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017
I always loved seeing Janice smile and I will always remember this. I'm thankful we shared time growing up in Carrier Mills. Deepest sympathy to Jim, the family, and sister Joyce.

Barry and Teresa Churchwell
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Mrs. Matthews was always kind and thoughtful. She had a wonderful attitude and friendly personality. I looked forward to her visits at the post office, with her happy smiling face and cheerful conversation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her loving family and friends.
May the warm loving memories shared be of comfort during this sad time.

   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Such sad news...Our families were virtually as one growing up...and Janice's radiant smile lit up every dark corner. She was beautiful in every way. Though she is gone, my recollections of her can only bring a smile...and those wonderful memories cannot be taken away. I will treasure those.
My sincere and loving thoughts to Jim and the family and to Joyce. Please do feel warm and loving arms embracing you from across the Pond.

Mark and Susan
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Mr. Jim and family, please accept our heartfelt and deepest sympathy over your loss of "Miss" Jan. She will be greatly missed throughout our county. Our prayers are with you and all of your family.

Dick & Paula Santy
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Sorry to hear of Jans passing. Jan & I were best friends in high school.We had many good times, also spent many times at her house and she mine. Joyce will remember, I also drove the convertible when she was crowned queen. She was so pretty always. Saw her most times when she & Jim came to Harrisburg. I will always remember her with Love.So sorry for the loss to your family.

Reda Williams Fitts
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
So very sorry to hear of Janice's passing. I was ahead of her in school a year or so, but I always thought of her as beautiful in all ways. My condolences and prayers to her family in this great time of need and sorrow.

Harry and Dorothy Boyd
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Terribly sorry of your loss, Jim. Dorothy's been following her progress from the stroke and was very surprised to hear of Jan's death. God be with you and your family during this time. db

Connie J Matthews
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Jan was like another sister to me when I was younger and I was so sad when she and Jimmy and the kids started moving around and away from Lake Worth, Florida. She was always beautiful inside and out and I always thought my brother was so fortunate to have such a wonderful friend and wife. She had so many amazing talents from sewing, to crafts and of course, incredible cooking skills. Oh sweet lady, as tears fall I think of you and smile through them. You live on here through your children and great memories!

Cecelia Smith
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Dear Jim and family,
So sorry to learn of Jan's death. She worked so hard and recovered so well from her stroke. She will be missed. Her smile and her joy of life will be missed. We were Blessed to have known her.
Billy and Cecelia Smith

Jerry & Irma Milhous
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
Jan was a very special lady and will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with all of you.

Tami Wegemer
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
I had the honor to call Jan Mom. She was such a joy and inspiration to all she came in contact with. She was one-of-a-kind and full of spirit. The memories will be with me forever. Love and prayers to the family.

Kathy Scott
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
Russ and I were shocked an so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. She and Jim are lively people. She will be missed.

   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
We were very sorry to hear of Jan's passing. She was an amazing wonderful woman and will be greatly missed. You and your family will be in our prayers. We are out of town and will be unable to attend her funeral mass but will say a prayer for her.
Peter and Darlene

Carol Dunaway Smith
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
So sorry to hear of Jan's passing. We were friends in school, but hadn't seen her since, until Jeanie Whiting and I had lunch with she and Jim here in Winter Haven last year. So glad we did. My prayers go out to Jim and family and to her sister, Joyce.

Patricia Murray Hurd
   Posted Sat August 19, 2017
My deepest sympathies to Jan's family.
Jan was one of the first people I met when I moved here and joined COKAS. I appreciated the way she welcomed me into the Church and always made a point to say hello with her warm smile.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

God Bless

Jerry and Kay Moore
   Posted Tue August 22, 2017
Jim we have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Christine Douville
   Posted Tue August 22, 2017
Speaking on behalf of the the family of Catherine Marie, we offer our most sincere condolences of your family's loss. Joyce adored and honored Janice. We love Joyce, so her sadness is certainly ours. Blessings of Peace to Jim and all the children and grand children.

Roger and Sheila Meyer
   Posted Tue August 22, 2017
So sad about the passing of Jan. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to so many. Always upbeat and optimistic, her smile lightened many of our days. Her faith and determination were good examples for all of us. We know she now rests in the arms of the Lord in eternal peace. We pray that sweet memories of Jan's time on Earth will bring some solace to Jim and all the family, and that God will give them the strength and faith to sustain them during this time of sorrow and loss.

Janell Ward
   Posted Wed August 23, 2017
So sorry to hear of our loss of Jan. She was a wonderful ambassador for Greene County community. Jan left her mark on so many people's lives and truly will be missed. Prayers and blessings to her family.

Freddy Meindl
   Posted Fri August 25, 2017
Dear Jim, my heart goes out to you and your family. I was in utter shock when I learned the news. Jan was doing so well when she came to the hospital for rehab. You are all in my prayers.