A graveside service for Mrs. Matthews will be held Monday, March 17, 2014 in Nashville at Spring Hill Cemetery. The service will be conducted by Dr. Edward Britt.
Mrs. Matthews was born Nov. 16, 1920 in the Norene community in Wilson County. She passed away March 7, 2014 of natural causes following a full and lengthy life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hayes Matthews Sr., who died March 15, 2002. They had been married 55 years. She was also preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Norman and Alta Clemmons Williams; her maternal grandparents, Samuel D. and Emma Williams Thompson; her parents, Horace Vale Williams Sr. and Willette Thompson Williams; and brothers, Naval Machinist Mate Horace Vale Williams Jr. and Dr. G. Kenneth Williams.
She graduated from Watertown High School in 1937. Prior to forming her own bank consultant business in 1982, Cornelia Matthews and Associates, she served in administrative positions with First American National Bank, NCR, Business Machines Inc., and Third National Bank, all in Nashville.
She served as president of the board of directors of Nashville Mental Health Association, on the board of Junior Achievement of Nashville, and on the board of American Society of Training and Development. She is past president of Tannansie Chapter of American Business Women's Association and was an instructor for American Institute of Banking for 17 years. She wrote model training manuals for a banking industry publishing company for 14 years. She was a current member of First United Methodist Church of Muskogee, Okla., and a former member of Heritage United Methodist Church of Broken Arrow, Okla. Prior to that, she was a longtime member of Inglewood United Methodist Church in Nashville, where she taught Sunday school for 40 years and served in several ministry positions. She received an award from Tennessee Bankers' Association for banking industry education and the Distinguished Sales Award from Sales and Marketing Executives of Nashville. She also received an award for excellence in leadership from the National Association of Bank Women, Tennessee State Council.
Up until the time of her passing, Cornelia remained active in the lives of her son, grandchildren and their friends, and her relatives, all of whom she cherished. She maintained close contact with her many friends from both her personal and religious life, as well as her previous business acquaintances. She was an avid sports fan, closely following high school and college athletics, as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder. She is survived by her son, Dr William Hayes Matthews Jr.; grandson, William Hayes Matthews III; granddaughter, Reynolds Laine Matthews; sister-in-law, Barbara Williams, of Franklin; three nieces; two nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She is also survived by a number of cousins, including Ann Thompson Palk and Jacqueline Edwards.
Honorary pallbearers will be past and present members of the Volunteer Class of Inglewood Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Foundation Fund at the Inglewood Methodist Church in Nashville or the charity of your choice.