Elizabeth Chapman Matlock

February 26, 1943 - January 12, 2014
Elizabeth Chapman Matlock

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Chapman Matlock, 70, of Wilmington, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with her family by her side.

Betty was born on February 26, 1943, to the late Joseph Ross Chapman and the late Clotilde Rene Smith Chapman in Chattanooga, TN. She graduated from Coffee High School in Florence, AL in 1961.

Betty, a long time resident of Wilmington, worked for AFLAC for over 30 years. She was also a graduate of the Institute for Political Leadership. She volunteered as a courtesy van driver for New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She also delivered meals for Weekend Meals on Wheels. Betty loved the beach and going to plays and movies. Most of all she loved being with her family and grandchildren and will be long remembered for her beautiful, warm smile. She will be dearly missed.

She was predeceased by the love of her life and father of her children, John Burgess Matlock. She is survived by daughter Jill Matlock Hall of Atlanta, GA and her husband Walter M. Hall III; daughter Jan Elise Matlock of Wilmington; grandchildren Elizabeth (Libby Gray) Hall and Tyler J. Matlock; and brother Joseph R. Chapman Jr of Pensacola, FL.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 612 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC. The family will visit with friends immediately following the service in the church’s reception hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society for lung cancer research at donate.cancer.org.

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  • January 13, 2014
    Kitty Renn says:
    Warm, happy, sweet memories of your Mom. So many good times; so many, many laughs shared with her! Her outlook was always one of optimism and that optimism was inspiring to all of those who loved her. She loved both you girls and Tyler and Libby Gray with all her heart. My life was touched by her kindness and strength and unfailing friendship. I will miss her so much.

  • January 21, 2014
    Robert Ramey says:
    Dear Jan, Jill, and Family, I apologize for getting in touch with you so late, but I was unable to locate the notice about Betty's passing. John, of course, was one of my many first cousins. Unfortunately, I was out of touch much of the time since I was teaching in Atlanta. However, please know of my admiration for your parents. You have suffered another loss so quickly that I know it must be very difficult. May the faith we share comfort you at this critical time. Grace and peace, Robert Ramey

  • January 14, 2014
    Christina Carlisle says:
    I loved your Mom and Dad so much! They were so good to me. I loved running into them, on occasion, over the years...as if we had just seen each other yesterday! It was so obvious how much they loved each other. And of course, how much they loved y'all. What a beautiful thing! My heart goes out to you at this time. All my love, Christy ;)

  • January 14, 2014
    Faye Chapman says:
    What can I say that hasn't already been said. Betty will be missed by so many. Her smile, pleasant disposition and overall good attitude about everything. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother. I will miss her and the few times we talked during the years. God bless. Aunt Faye

  • January 15, 2014
    dana livingston says:
    An angel on this earth has left us and gone to up to heaven,I will forever miss our many laughs and many tears we have had through the years!! Jan and Jill,I love you both and have you in my prayers,Dana