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Edward Leon Matthews, Sr.


Sunrise: July 28, 1937

Sunset: July 9, 2021

Edward L Matthews Sr. Was born on July 28, 1937 to Alma B. Hollowell and Ernest Matthews in Norfolk Virginia where he lived throughout his youth.  Edward Sr. at the tender age of 18 entered into the military where he served six years in the Navy during
the Vietnam War from 1955-1961.  After his honorable discharge for his services rendered Edward Sr. began his new life working as a carpenter by trade where he then later retired from the Carpenters Union in Norfolk.

Edward’s greatest passion was photography. He was known as an avid freelance photographer where one would often find him taking pictures of people, buildings, and most often construction sites.  He loved capturing the moments of life that others would often miss.  If you knew him you would know that he has pictures for days and much more than anyone else would have on their cell phones today.  Edward Sr. additional hobbies included fishing and crabbing off the piers of Virginia Beach and Norfolk.  He often enjoyed a good catch. He also loved his own version of the sticky notes before to the wall and in the car to remind him of the important things that he didn’t want to forget and including his favorite pictures.

One of the obvious favorite notes was a note as you would enter the kitchen that said “Always keep buttermilk on hand for fried chicken.”  He wrote down everything and was always ready to tell a good story as he would beam with that affectionate smile while telling it.  On July 9th Edward Sr. was found sitting in his favorite chair as he took his final rest. He will surely be missed.
Edward Sr. was a product of a very large family, he was predeceased by his parents Alma & Ernest Matthews and his siblings Charles, Robert, Evelyn, Ernestine, Ethel, Ernest Jr, Joseph, and Daisy Mae.

Edward Sr.is survived by his siblings Jackie Bernard (Cheryl) Matthews of Va, James Oliver (Cora) of Philippines, and Eunice Lewis of Va.  His children Edward L Matthews Jr. (Angela) of NY, Yolanda Matthews of Va, Tonya Woods (Lee) of Tx, Kealita Williams of Va, and Deborah Latimer of NC. Surviving grandchildren Kenisha (Eric), Kimoni, Janean, Jonathan, Detron (Amber), Alfonso, Tiffany, Edward L, Amber (Charles) & Naeem. Great-grand Erin, Detron Jr. Ezabella, Aryanna, Ahlayah, Charleigh, Charles, Cameron, Chase, Milana and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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    The Jackie Matthews Sr. Family says

    Beyond Life’s Gateway

    There’s an open gate at the end of the road. Through which each must go alone. And there, in light we cannot see, Our Father claims His own. Beyond the gate, Your Loved one Finds happiness and Rest, And there is comfort in the thought That a Loving God Know best.

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    Trippett,Tara says

    My Condolence , May the Lord strengthen your family with His Everlasting Love, give peace and comfort you.

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    Deborah Taylor Mapp says

    To Yolanda, Edward, Tonya, Deborah & Family: My heartfelt prayers for each of you as you say, “So long” to one so dear. May God comfort and keep each of you as only He can. I love you.

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    Ruth A Ricks says

    He was a good neighbor. He welcome me to the neighborhood, always had a smile on his face. Always willing to help .He would ask me where I been because haven’t seen me in a couple of days. I would say I been in the house He would say I thought you were sick. I told him I was fine
    Just don’t come out much due to cov19
    He said he understood that…,he would say we neighbor we have to check on each other and I said you so right
    Am really going to miss him he was a.great neighbor my condolences to the family

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    Kenny Kelly says

    My prayers and condolences goes out to my friends/family. May God comfort you though this difficult time. Peace and Love

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    Judith Taylor Boatwright says

    My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with all of you during this sorrowful time.Just continue to hold on to God ‘s unchanging hand with Him.giving each of you peace, strength and comfort .Much Love

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    Deaconess Kimberly Davis, SCBC Norfolk says

    RIP Mr. Matthews!!

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    Donna Williams says

    Sincere prayers and condolences to you, Yolanda, and your family on the loss of your Dad. Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted by the Lord! God Bless You.

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    Jackie Skinner and family says

    Yolanda, my sincere condolences to you and your family. May God grant you all comfort and peace during your time of grief .

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