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In Memory of

Clarence Matthews

March 22, 1941 - May 6, 2017

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In Memory of
Clarence "Buck" Matthews
March 22, 1941 - May 6, 2017
Obituary
Clarence "Buck" Matthews, 76, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 in Palm Bay, Florida. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Fountainhead Funeral Home with interment to follow at Fountainhead Memorial Park in Palm Bay, Florida.
Clarence was born in Henderson, North Carolina on March 22, 1941 to the late Julian and Vera Matthews. He attended Henderson High School through his Junior year, and graduated from Franklinton High School in 1959. At the age of...

In Memory of
Clarence "Buck" Matthews
March 22, 1941 - May 6, 2017
Obituary
Clarence "Buck" Matthews, 76, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 in Palm Bay, Florida. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Fountainhead Funeral Home with interment to follow at Fountainhead Memorial Park in Palm Bay, Florida.
Clarence was born in Henderson, North Carolina on March 22, 1941 to the late Julian and Vera Matthews. He attended Henderson High School through his Junior year, and graduated from Franklinton High School in 1959. At the age of 24 he was drafted into the U.S. Army to fight in the Vietnam War. However, it was during Basic Training that he was diagnosed with a rare eye disease coined "night blindness" and so he was honorably discharged within two weeks.
Buck, as he was known to friends and family, was a natural-born charmer. From his early days helping his dad at the family's gas station, Matthews Service Station in North Carolina, Buck found himself excelling in the customer service business. In 1972 in Northern Virginia, during a bank deposit run as an ABC Liquor Store Manager, Buck met the love of his life in teller, Bonnie. It remained a hotly-debated topic of who convinced whom to marry, but after a few short weeks Buck and Bonnie married and later honeymooned in Florida.
After another 12 years of cold weather and diminishing eyesight, Buck made the decision to retire on disability from the state of Virginia-owned ABC Liquor stores. Harking back to their honeymoon days, Buck and Bonnie moved the family to the warmer climates of Florida in 1985. Buck took up the mantle of "House Husband," working on Bonnie's honey-do list. Buck's greatest pleasure was fulfilling Bonnie's dreams. from putting in the pool in the backyard to vacationing in Bonnie's beloved Las Vegas. Their stories often revolved around their adventures in Vegas.
Buck is preceded in death by his parents, Julian and Vera, his brother Bill, and his soul mate, Bonnie. He leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law Christie and John, his son and daughter-in-law Jason and Jennifer, and his beloved grandchildren Chase and Tyler. He is also survived by his sister, Ginny, and 28 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations made in Clarence "Buck" Matthews' memory. As Buck was an avid listener of Talking Books, donations can be made in his honor to the Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services: http://www.afb.org/donate.