SYLVESTER -- Mr. James Ronnie "Sonny" Matthews, Jr., 41, of Albany died Saturday December 15, 2012 at his residence.

The funeral service was held at 11:00 AM on Monday December 17, 2012 at the First Church of the Nazarene. The interment followed in the Providence Cemetery with Rev. Steve Hood and Rev. Gene Wiseman officiating.

Mr. Matthews was born on January 18, 1971 in Albany and had lived in Worth County most of his life. He retired as a Front End Associate at Publix after 16 years. Mr. Matthews was an usher and member of the First Church of the Nazarene and had a love for his church, music, work and food.

Survivors include his mother, Glenace M. Matthews of Albany; father, Ronnie Matthews, of Sylvester; sister, Laura Barnes (Jimmy) of Tifton; maternal grandmother, Frances Hall Moore of Albany; paternal grandmother, Louise Matthews Wise of Ashburn; nephew, Evan Barnes; niece, Chloe Barnes and several aunts and uncles.

Mr. Matthews was preceded in death by his twin brothers.

Pallbearers included, Jimmy Barnes, Shell Janes, Clint Matthews, Kevin Loudenbarger, Darren Matthews and Will Giles.

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