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Lonnie Wayne “Doodie” Matthews Sr.

February 25, 1936 — June 9, 2022

A combined visitation and service will be held for Lonnie “Doodie” Wayne Matthews, Sr. and Virginia Martin Gooch Sessoms.

Mr. Lonnie “Doodie” Wayne Matthews, 86, passed away on June 9, 2022.

Lonnie was born February 25, 1936, to the late Arto A. and Mildred Buchanan Matthews. He was a fireman with the City of Durham for 18 years and was one of the first crew members to staff the Rescue truck in the 1960’s. Doodie was in the body shop profession for many years, working for Matthews and Farrow, Matthews Body Shop, and as the owner of L.W. Matthews Body Shop. He loved Carolina Beach and relocated there in 1990. Doodie never met a stranger and loved his family. He will be deeply missed.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Matthews was preceded in death by his daughters, Karen Matthews and Cindy Buck; brother, Bud Matthews; and sisters, Hilda Paschall and Dot Rigsbee.

Mr. Matthews is survived by his loving wife, Margaret (Ann) Matthews; the mother of his children, Virginia Sessoms; son, Lonnie W. (John) Matthews Jr.; daughter, Kathy Marcinowski; daughter he raised, Lindsey Matthews; step-daughter, Tammy Davis; grandchildren, Rod Matthews, Clint Matthews, Amber Browning, Matt Terry, Brooks Buck, Samantha Buck, Jeffery Dunn, Luther Dunn, and Jeremy Dunn; 18 great-grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter; and longtime friend, Willie Hall.

A visitation will be held from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2022, at Hudson Funeral Home with a memorial service following at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Hugh O’Shields.

Flowers are acceptable or memorial contributions can be directed to The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565 or online at

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Lonnie Wayne “Doodie” Matthews Sr., please visit our flower store.

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Saturday, July 9, 2022

10:30 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Saturday, July 9, 2022

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211 S Miami Blvd, Durham, NC 27703

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