Henry Douglas Matthews

July 22, 1953 - July 28, 2020
Henry Douglas Matthews


Henry Douglas “Doug” Matthews, age 67, of Wilmington, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

He was born in Wallace, NC on July 22, 1953, the son of William Henry Matthews and Julia Kate Holmes Matthews.

Doug is survived by his wife Marsha; brother William C. “Bill” Matthews of Bear, Delaware and sister Ellen Wells of Wilmington, NC. Doug is also survived by nieces and nephews and his lifelong faithful friends John Coffee and Johnny Blanton.

Together with his parents he was preceded in death by his brother James W. Preston of Warsaw, NC.

Doug worked as a Pipe Welder in the Construction Industry.

A Service is to be planned at a later date.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • July 30, 2020
    Carolyn Tanner Beckner says:
    Ellen and family, I am sadly very sorry to hear about the tragic accident that ended Douglas’ life. Even though it has been many years since I have seen him, I always remember all the times being together at our house or yours doing “WHATEVER” we could think of to play. All the times we did not walk on the sidewalk, but wade through the 2 blocks of town ditch to each other’s house. Remember making CAMPS out of refrigerator boxes? And, how could any of us forget eating the yummy tea cakes you mom mad for us. “GREAT MEMORIES “. May God bless all of you and especially Douglas. Sympathy and Love, Carolyn

  • July 31, 2020
    Marsha Matthews says:
    No matter what, Doug was always there for me. I love him and will always miss him. My rock, who never left my side. I'm going to miss him so much.

  • July 31, 2020
    Leslie lit a candle:
    Lit since July 31, 2020 at 7:02:55 PM

  • July 31, 2020
    Sherrel Sholar Bunn says:
    I have not seen Doug for many years, but fondly remember his sense of humor, his love of music and his kindness. Rest in peace Doug...sending hugs to the family...

  • August 02, 2020
    Devon Register says:
    Such a character , but could always make me laugh . We called him Uncle Doug , was always good friends with my dad , and have many fond memories of him . So very sorry , to hear of the loss of him . Much love to the family .