Knox Van Buren Matthews Jr.

December 3, 2020


Aberdeen, NC- Knox Van Buren "Van" Matthews, Jr., age 83, died Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Seven Lakes Memory Care after a long battle with cancer and dementia.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 PM Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Bethesda Cemetery with Rev. David Burroughs officiating. The family will receive friends at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines from 5-7 PM on Monday. The Family is observing all COVID-19 guidelines and request that everyone attending wear masks.

Van was born in Aberdeen, NC to the late Knox V. Matthews, Sr. and Rebecca Tate Matthews. He was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and attended NC State University. Van helped run his family's business, The Aberdeen Packing Company for many years, before joining the NC Dept. of Corrections from which he retired after over 20 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carol Baker Matthews, three sons, Knox V. Matthews,III and his wife Mollie of Valdese, NC, Benjamin C. Matthews of Aberdeen, NC, William C. Matthews and wife Linda of Southport, NC, his sisters, Iris M. Tilley of Durham, NC, Fay M. Honeycutt of Aberdeen, NC, his brother, Bob Matthews of Aberdeen, NC., and two granddaughters, Amanda and Alyson Matthews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashley Heights Baptist Church, 10351 Aberdeen Rd., Aberdeen, NC 28315,

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Services have been entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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