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James "Jim" Lloyd Matthews

March 5, 1944 — August 19, 2023

Wilson, NC

James "Jim" Lloyd Matthews

James “Jim” Lloyd Matthews, 79, died Saturday, August 19, 2023.  He was born on March 5, 1944 in Wilson, NC the son of the late Julius Ray Matthews and Thelma Tomlinson Matthews.  He was also preceded in death by his brothers Royce, Marvin and Gerald Matthews.

Jim graduated from Ralph L. Fike High School and Atlantic Christian College, presently Barton College.  He started his career in the tire industry in 1970 with Interstate Tire Company.  He joined Merchant’s Tire in 1985 and American Tire Distributors in 2000.   After retiring from American Tire Distributors in March 2011, Jim and his wife Joan relocated to Seneca, SC.

Jim served as deacon in the First Baptist Church of Wilson.  He was a world traveler and an avid baseball card collector.  He loved spending time with his family and friends.  In his free time, Jim enjoyed practicing his guitar and playing golf.

He is survived by his wife, Joan S. Matthews; daughter, Jennifer Sloper (Mike) of Simpsonville, SC; son, James “Jimmy” Matthews, Jr. (Tatiana) of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Carson Sloper, Bennett Sloper, Maximus Matthews and Luna Matthews.

A graveside service will be held at 4:00 pm Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park with Pastor Chris Thomas officiating.

The family would like to thank Jim’s two private caregivers, Brittany and Georgina, the staff at Dominion Senior Living at Patrick Square and Hospice of the Upstate for their compassion while he was in their care.

Should friends desire, memorial donations in Jim’s name may be mailed to Alzheimer’s Association, Attn: SC Gift Processing, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC, 28209 or Collins Children’s Home, 110 Collins Home Drive, Seneca, SC, 29672.

Condolences may be made to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at

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