Timmonsville, SC – Charlene Lynette Matthews, 74, passed away on Dec. 26, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.
A funeral service will be Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Oates Baptist Church, 3569 Oates Hwy, Lamar,SC 29069,Oates,SC at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the National Cemetery in Florence, SC. The family will have a time of visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Charlene was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the daughter of the late Robert and Dorthea Budd.
She attended Oates Baptist Church. She was a big supporter of the Humane Society, ASPCA and various Veterans organizations. Charlene was honorably discharged from the US Air Force and the Army Reserve. She was retired as caregiver with Pee Dee Mental Health Center.
She was married to the late Jimmie Lee Matthews, who passed away in 2014.
Survivors are two sons, Timothy Matthews, Andrew (Amanda) Matthews; three daughters,Susan (Joseph) Bonfitto, Kimberly (Alan) Vetal, Pamela (Chad) Smith; two brothers, Robert (Bettie) Budd, Michael (Diana) Budd and nine grandchildren, Nicholas Matthews, Anthony Humel, Francesca and Gianna Bonfitto, Taylor and Sydney Vetal, Madison Smith, Stokes and Piper Matthews. She is preceded in death by a son, Marc Matthews.
Memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Society, P O 1665, Hartsville, SC 29551.
Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC is assisting the family with arrangements. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.laytonandersonfh.com
Layton-Anderson Funeral Home
Thursday December 28th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
4210 W Palmetto St.
Florence, SC 29501
Oates Baptist Church
Friday December 29th, 2017
3569 Oates Highway
Lamar, SC 29069
Florence National Cemetery
Friday December 29th, 2017
803 E National Cemetery Rd.
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2 Corinthians 1:3,4 gives us the assurance that "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies" is "the God of all comfort" and he "comforts us in all our trials". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
Submitted by Rachel Morton on Jan 10 2018 12:31:34 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope she is back with Uncle Jimmy and Mark. Sorry Judy and I could not be there for all of you during this time. We love you Aunt Cherry .... R.I.P.
Submitted by Danny Matthews Jr on Jan 3 2018 12:50:47 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. She had the sweetest soul and I loved talking with her. I could sit and listen to her stories of her childhood or of raising her family for hours.
I pray that your memories of the special times you all had together bring you comfort in the days ahead.
With deepest sympathy,
Jessica and James Morris and Family
Submitted by Jessica Morris on Dec 27 2017 08:40:27 PM
Pamela, and family, please know that I have you all in thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Mrs Mathews was a sweet person and I am going to miss seeing her smiling face when she is in the Foyer waiting for Assembly for the 11AM Service. Always reflect back on the memories you cherished with Mrs Matthews, they will last a lifetime. Sincerely Grady O'Neal
Submitted by Grady O'Neal on Dec 26 2017 05:22:47 PM
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