Official Obituary of

Buddy Matthews

December 31, 1928 ~ March 7, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Buddy Matthews Obituary

Mr. Stuart Kenneth “Buddy” Matthews, 95, husband of the late Josephine Pate “Jo Sue” Matthews, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at Commonwealth Senior Living in Onancock, VA.  Buddy and Jo Sue were longtime residents of Parksley, VA, and following her death, Buddy made his home at Commonwealth (formerly The Hermitage on the Eastern Shore). He enjoyed seeing friends and his many caregivers who provided care and companionship over the last few years. On his behalf, the family would like to thank his buddy Fred, Riverside Hospice nurses Tykeshia Bibbens and Geneen Sturgis, and his many strong (and patient) nurses at Commonwealth.

Born December 31, 1928 in Hopeton, VA, he was the son of the late Tully J. and Annie L. Matthews.  Buddy served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, was a NASA photographer for 42 years until his retirement, a longtime member of the Parksley Volunteer Fire Company, and a 65-year member of Onancock Elks Lodge, B.P.O.E. No. 1766.

Those commitments shaped Buddy’s life, and he loved to tell the tales. From the bitter cold serving on “the hill” in Korea to sunny Copacabana Beach with Bob Long, he could paint a picture and get you howling – especially when he had a Henry McKenna in hand.

Bud also loved talking fire trucks (Parksley’s “Big P” and Pierce were his favorites), the Cleveland Indians and the best “buy you one, get you one” deals at Food Lion.

And he loved to eat; from his daughter’s cooking and the “15 shrimp” at Marguerite’s, to Hershey Kisses and Breyers “extra creamy.”

You could usually find him walking in Parksley and Onley in a Members Only jacket and ballcap, with an eye to the ground. “The eye” found many a lost coin or bill over the years. His magnum opus was finding a $100 note in the Food Lion parking lot.

Above all, Buddy was loyal, brave and resilient, and you could always count on him being there for the people he cared about. He was loved dearly by his family and friends.

Buddy is survived by his daughter and son, Clara Blanche “Sister” Reese and husband Gary, of Parksley, and L. Pate Matthews and wife De, of Hebron, MD; two grandsons, Clay Reese of Washington, D.C., and Brian Reese of Norfolk, VA; and niece, Faye Clayton of Virginia Beach, VA.  In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Wilma Clayton and Beulah Lewis, and brothers Lawrence Matthews and Harvey Parker.

A memorial service to celebrate Buddy’s life will be held at Commonwealth Senior Living in Onancock on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 2:00 p.m., with Mr. George Fulk officiating.  A private interment with military honors will be held at the Parksley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Parksley Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 14, Parksley, VA  23421, or to Riverside Shore Hospice, P.O. Box 616, Onley, VA  23418.

Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

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Celebration of Life
March 14, 2024

2:00 PM
Commonwealth Senior Living
23610 North Street
Onancock, VA 23417

Private Interment

Parksley Cemetery
18670 County Road
Parksley, VA 23421


Parksley Volunteer Fire Company
P.O. Box 14, Parksley VA 23421
Tel: 1-757-665-6977
Email: parksleyvfc7@esva.net
Web: http://www.parksleyvfc.org

Riverside Shore Hospice
P.O. Box 616, Onley VA 23418
Web: http://riversidehospice.org/


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