​Beatrice B. Matthews



Beatrice Brigman Matthews (Bea), of Fayetteville NC, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Carolina Inn in Fayetteville. She was born May 27, 1918 in Rockingham, NC to the late Avery and Ellen Brigman.

Bea loved her church (MacPherson Presbyterian Church), family, and friends. She enjoyed a long and healthy life remaining active until just a few weeks before her death. She loved to cook and share delicious meals with family and friends. She was also a business woman, owning and operating a real estate and accounting business for well over 40 years. She also loved giving back to Cumberland County and NC, serving and chairing the Cumberland County Board of Health and the Cape Fear Valley Hospital Board. She also served on the Association of NC Boards of Health and the NC Board of Landscape Architects.

She was preceded in death by her husband Hersey R. Matthews, two sisters, Myrtle Bruning and Virgie Billingsly, and a brother, Henan Brigman. She is survived by four sons, Forrest Shaw and his wife Annette of Largo, FL; Jerry Shaw and his wife Margaret, and Tim Matthews and his wife Susan of Fayetteville, NC; and Dexter Matthews and his wife Ann of Raleigh, NC; six grandchildren, F.C. Shaw, Matthew Shaw, Jonathan Shaw, Michelle Dalby, Sara Kathryn Mayson, and Gabrielle Shaw, five great grandchildren, Michael Shaw, Martha Shaw, Logan Shaw, Katlyn Dalby, Allan Dalby, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Sandra Ford, Naomi Hill, Liberty Homecare & Hospice, and the staff at Carolina Inn in Fayetteville for their caring and loving assistance.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19th at MacPherson Presbyterian Church with burial following the service at the Church cemetery. Family will receive friends at MacPherson Presbyterian Church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to MacPherson Presbyterian Church.