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James Ray "JJ" Matthews

July 8, 1966 - July 4, 2021

James Ray Matthews 54, of Wilmington, NC died Sunday July 4, 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

James was born in Wilmington on July 8, 1966 the son of the late Pearlie James Matthews, Jr. and Shirley Faye Bollinger Matthews.

Surviving are his sister Betty Matthews of Atkinson; His adopted family Emily Best Brown to whom he called mom and adopted brother’s Will Bowers; Duke Caulk and Randy Essick; uncle Blaney Best and adopted grandparents Lynda Kaye Best and Foye Best. Also Cousins James and Donnie Fales survive.

A memorial service will be held at the Harp on 3rd street Tuesday July 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Please come with some good stories and enjoy the fellowship as we remember “JJ’s” life.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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