Relaxed, at ease, focused and gracious, Joseph L. Matthews accepted “The Man of The Year Award” from the members of his congregation at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Palm Coast. The Rev. Edwin Coffie is the pastor.
Matthews was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., the third of five children. He relocated to Brooklyn, New York at a tender age, where he was a product of the public school system, graduating from Wingate High School.
Matthews, an athlete, won first place in the Men’s 4×400 Relay at the Penn Relays in 1961. Once he realized that his nieces and nephews were attending and graduating from college, he said, “I can’t let this happen.” So, he stepped up, returned to school, and graduated from Kean University in New Jersey.
He is the father of three sons: David, Darrell and Craig, and two daughters: Avis and Tracey. He has three grandsons and two granddaughters.
Matthews retired as a district sales representative at M&M/Mars in New Jersey. But not being one to sit still, he went to work for The Star Ledger news media as a distribution supervisor in Newark, N.J. Matthews later worked as a pre-school teacher for a year and a half before moving to Florida in 2002. He worked for and retired from Continental Express Jet Airlines after moving to Palm Coast.
He has always involved himself in volunteer work. His family hosted inner-city boys for the Fresh Air Fund in New Jersey. Matthews volunteered and later became president of the Neighborhood House Association, an organization that provides child care and support to Plainfield, N.J. youth and their families. He served as a coach for his sons’ Little League baseball teams.
Since relocating to Palm Coast, Matthews volunteered three years at Florida Hospital-Flagler in the phlebotomy lab. Matthews is currently a mentor for the African American Men’s Mentoring Program and Take Stock in Children.
Mentor, church leader
One of his mentees is a freshman at Daytona State College; another a sophomore at Flagler Palm Coast High School. Matthews does group mentoring for third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders at Belle Terre Elementary School. He is currently serving as recording secretary of the African American Cultural Society, Inc., and a member of the Men of AACS.
Matthews also is a trustee for Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. He is chair of the Security Ministry, treasurer of the Greeter’s Ministry, chair of the Mighty Men’s Choir, and co-chair of the Men’s Ministry.
AACS to distribute gifts on Dec. 6
The African American Cultural Society, Inc. (AACS) will conduct the 20th Annual Christmas Gift-Giving Celebration on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. The Gift-Giving Committee, once again headed by June Bethel, will distribute gifts of toys and food to the less fortunate families in Espanola, Bunnell and Palm Coast. Over the past 19 years, the AACS members have generously supported this program.
They are asking for financial donations or contributions of a toy to this most worthy cause. Checks may be endorsed to the “AACS.” On the memo line, please write Christmas Gift-Giving. Checks can be dropped off at the center or mailed to P.O. Box 350607, Palm Coast, FL 32135-0607. The center is located at 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.
Unwrapped toys and gifts can be left with the Center Administrator. Please indicate the appropriate age (3-7 years), sex of the child for the gift, and the donor’s name.
Heritage cookbook can be ordered now
The African American Cultural Society has announced the arrival of the new, one-of-a-kind cookbook, “Heritage Culinary Creations,” according to Ways and Means Chairman Marie Winston McCray.
She says the AACS members, their families, and friends have compiled tried-and-true recipes in a single book that will be treasured for generations.
This mouth-watering sensation contains nearly 250 recipes, everything from appetizers to desserts. It’s an ideal holiday gift, or keepsake, priced at only $20
To order a cookbook, call or email the AACS at 386-447-7030 or email@example.com.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.
Birthday wishes to: Lillian Robinson-Duncan, Nov. 28.