Dolores Spivey Matthews

September 6, 2021


AHOSKIE, NC – Dolores Spivey Matthews, 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 6, 2021, at her home with her husband by her side.

Mrs. Matthews was born in 1938 to Warren Carnice Spivey and Beatrice Eure Spivey in Hertford County, North Carolina. After graduating from East Carolina College, Dolores worked tirelessly as a dedicated English teacher for 32 years. She was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, where she served as a Sunday school teacher.  Dolores loved her church, reading, painting, and spending time with family. She was quietly helpful, always thoughtful, and kind to all she met.  Dolores cherished her family dearly and was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Along with her parents, Dolores was preceded in death by her brother, Warren Spivey and sister, Mary Lou Newsome.

Dolores is survived by her husband, Spencer, a daughter, Mia Matthews of Austin, TX; a son, Mark Matthews and wife Wendy of Waxhaw, NC; three grandsons, Noah, Griffin and Riley Matthews; a granddaughter, Allye Matthews; and a brother, Dan Spivey and wife Louise of Zebulon, NC.

The Matthews family extends a heartfelt thank you to two wonderful caregivers, Becky Vinson, and Sherry Felton, for their loving care.

Due to Covid-19, the family will have a private memorial service in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie, Benevolence Fund, PO Box 649, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Matthews family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting


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Carolyn Newsome
2 years ago

So sorry for your loss! She touched the lives of many students

Brenda Fairless Edwards
2 years ago

She was my favorite teacher in high. All those vocabulary drills put me ahead in English classes in college. She was always so kind and patient and we all loved her.

Emily Brock
2 years ago

So sad to hear about Mrs. Matthews passing. She taught me 9th grade English and 10 years before that taught my sister. She always spoke when I would see her around town and never forgot either of us. She truly cared for her students!

Dr. Charmont Hall-Stephen
2 years ago

Condolences to the family on the loss of your love one.

John Bracy
2 years ago

So very sorry

Jennifer Joyner
2 years ago

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Matthews passing. She was my favorite high school teacher. I found her to be one of the most challenging and thought provoking teachers. I will never forget how she would write individual comments on our journal entries. I use this personal touch with my own students today. She truly leaves a legacy with all the lives she touched. Much love to the family

Stephen, Marla, and Cate Dilday
2 years ago

Spencer, Mark, Mia & Family,

Just wanted to let you know we are all thinking about you and praying for you at this difficult time. Lots of fond memories from growing up in Ahoskie and knowing her. Love you all.

Lisa Newsome
2 years ago

Condolences to the family from Eunice Sellars who has many fond memories of Delores.

Milton Felton
2 years ago

Spence (and family): Thank you for letting me be a part of Dolores’ private celebration of life today. It was a beautiful service and very befitting to the life that Dolores lived. I am honored to be your friend Spence.

Milton and Mary Felton
2 years ago

Milton and I send our sincere heartfelt condolences to Spencer and family. Dolores was a true fighter with all of her health issues over the years. She is no longer in pain and celebrating her new life now in Heaven. Hang on to the wonderful memories you created and shared together as a family. God bless you all.