SOUTHERN PINES
Laura Thomas (Wilson) Mathews, age 81, died Friday, MArch 11, 2011, at Kingswood Nursing Center in Aberdeen.
A time of visitation is scheduled for Monday, March 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Powell Funeral Home in Southern Pines. A funeral service is planned for 11:00 AM Tuesday March 15 at the Community Congregational Church in Southern Pines, with the Rev. Dr. Glenn Phillips, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Southern Pines.
A native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, she grew up in Carthage. She was the daughter of the late H. Lee Thomas and Betty Taylor Thomas. She was a graduate of East Carolina University majoring in education and spent her career working as a school teacher in the public school system. She taught for thirty years at Cary Elementay school and cared deeply for the chldren. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother to her children, step-children and grandchildren. Laura was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Cates and a brother, H. Lee Thomas, Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur J. Mathews; daughters, Allyson Phillips & husband, Glenn of Goldsboro; Pam Hamlin & husband, Bruce of Frisco, Texas; Laura Jan King of Charlotte; Jacqueline Kim Nichols of Hendron, Virginia; a son, Steve Wilson & wife, Lisa of Virginia, Minnesota; step-daughters, Joan Layel & husband, Michael of Charlotte; step-sons, Robert Mathews & wife, Sarah of Southern Pines; Richard Mathews & wife, Martha of West End; and James Mathews & wife, Lisa of Gainesville, Florida; a sister, Patricia Raino of Pinehurst; brothers, Frank Thomas & wife, Anne Helen of Melbourne Beach, Florida and John Thomas & wife, Helen of Jacksonville, Florida; fourteen grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The Community Congregational Church, 141 N Bennett St., Southern Pines, NC 28387 and the Sandhills Moore Coalition for Human Care, 1500 W Indiana Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387.
Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the family.
On line condolences may be made at www.pinesfunerals.com.

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  1. So very sorry to hear the news of sweet Aunt Laura’s passing. I have so many memories of Aunt Laura. I think of how she always made her family feel incredibly loved and special. I found it remarkable how she was able to balance everything in such a kind a

  2. Dear Allyson and all of Laura Thomas Mathews family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the death of your mother. My prayers are with you.
    O God, you do not willingly grieve or afflict
    your children.
    Look with pity on the suffering of thi

  3. Jan, I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing; my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Pam Wilser

  4. We are sorry for the loss of your one. May God comfort the family during this time. Keep the fond memories of her alive. God Bless. Bobbi & Dan Fisher, First Baptist Church, Goldsboro, NC

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