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William Franklin Matthews

October 14, 1955 — January 26, 2023

William Franklin Matthews, 67, of Taylorville, passed away at 10:32 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital.

Bill was born October 14, 1955, in Taylorville, the son Cecil Roscoe and Eileen Eugene (Booker) Matthews. He married Sharon Lynn McNamara on July 9, 1977, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville.

Bill graduated from Taylorville High School with the class of 1974 and went on to work for McNamara Electric. From there, he went on to work for Turris Coal until his retirement, where he was a Master Electrician and primarily a Motion and Process Control System Designer and Programmer. Bill was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin brothers, Harold and Darold Matthews; and brothers, Cecil Wayne Mathews and Albert Lewis (wife, Sharon J.) Matthews.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sharon L. Matthews of Taylorville; sisters-in-law, Carlene Matthews of Pawnee, Mary Jo (husband, Bill) Dively of Taylorville, Kathy J. (husband, Robert) Noblet of Taylorville, and Rhonda J. (husband, Steven) Wagner of Frankfort; nieces and nephews, Julie (husband, Bart) Emerson, Stacey Agans, Billy Matthews, Bill Dively, Jr., T.J. Dively, Josh Dively, Ronald Noblet, Col. Andrew Noblet, Matthew Noblet, and Iris Noblet-Crites; and several great nieces and great nephews.

Arrangements are pending.

The family has asked that instead of gifts of flowers and plants, memorial contributions may be directed to: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 N. Webster Street, Taylorville, Ill., 62568.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.

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  1. Pat Petitt and John Mentz on January 31, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    Sharon, We are so very sorry to hear of Bills passing. He was so kind and gentle to talk to and know. If you need anything, please call me 217-971-4854.We will say a prayer for you and Bill. Love always.

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