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A funeral service to celebrate the life of Joyce Elliotte Eurey Matthews, 89, of Camden, SC will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church.  Reverend Steve Patterson will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC  29020; Epworth Children’s Home, P.O. Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250; or to Christian Community Ministries, 110 East DeKalb Street, Suite 10, Camden, SC  29020.

Mrs. Matthews, widow of P.M. “Tiny” Matthews, went home to life eternal on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Joyce was born January 1, 1928 in Lincolnton, NC, to Edward Elias Eurey and Bessie Hartman Eurey. The family located to the South Carolina low country, and Joyce graduated from Ruffin High School. At Columbia College, she had majors in religion and science, as well as a minor in music, and was accomplished in piano and organ. She graduated from Columbia College in 1949 at the top of her class. After college, Joyce served as Director of Christian Education at Trinity Methodist Church in Charleston, where she made many lifelong friends and met her husband. The couple was married in 1953 and lived in Camden, where they became lifelong members of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class. She taught adult and children’s Sunday school for many years. Joyce was a fifth-grade teacher at Camden Elementary before starting her family. While raising her children, she taught piano to many young people.  In the 1970s and 1980s, Joyce returned to teaching in Kershaw County public schools and Joseph Kershaw Academy. 

Joyce was the sole caregiver for her husband until his death in 1996, and after that, she was a resilient cancer survivor. She gave selflessly to her family and church and was a shining example of faith, patience, gentleness, and humility. Her fervent prayers sustained her family. Her wisdom, strength, and unconditional love will be greatly missed and cherished by those who love her. 

Mrs. Matthews is survived by her children, Jan M. McCorkle (Trey) of Camden, SC; John M. Matthews of Columbia, SC; Joy M. Preacher (Rob) of Olathe, KS; and grandson, Matthew R. Preacher of Olathe, KS. Besides her husband and parents, Mrs. Matthews was predeceased by a sister, Theresa Deane Face; and brother, Edward M. Eurey.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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