Janice Lee Matthews

September 22, 1939 ~ August 15, 2017 (age 77)

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 to sign the online guest register. 

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