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                                                 Pastor Leslie Fletcher Matthews

               Leslie F. Matthews was born on May 28, 1942, to William Noble                                                   He was able to use his disc jockey (Mac) expertise to intrigue the
          Matthews who preceded him in death and Geneviene Matthews of                                                         hearts of the inmates.  He was later ordained by Bobby and Eulalia
          Baltimore, Maryland.  On August 26, 2021, Leslie entered a peaceful                                                  Willoughby from Sought Out Redeemed Church of Baltimore Mary-
          eternal rest at Womack Army Hospital.  He was preceded in death                                                      land. Pastor Leslie and Co-Pastor Margo Matthews later joined
          by his twin brothers Randolph Matthews and Rudolph Matthews.                                                         Fellowship of Interdependent Churches International under the lead-
          Les was the next to the oldest of sixteen children.  He was educated                                                 ership of Apostle Michael and Pastor Louise Goings.  Pastor Leslie
          in the Baltimore City Schools which his highest level of education was                                               Matthews continued to reach souls throughout the years.  His vision
          the eighth grade.  Mr. Matthews was able to accomplish so many of                                                    was to be a soul saving station. A church that was located in the
          his dreams – one of them was joining the United States Army.                                                         Heart of Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Unity Christian Center.  Pas-
               Leslie joined the United States Army in 1961 specializing in Com-                                               tor Matthews used several methods to win souls – praying, visiting
          munications.   Sergeant Leslie F. Matthews served two tours in the                                                   the sick, visiting the prisons, street and door to door ministry.  Pas-
          Vietnam War 1966 – 1967 and 1970 – 1971.  Leslie Matthews was                                                        tor Leslie Matthews was certainly called out and sent out to Tear
          an Airborne Soldier for Fort Campbell, Kentucky 101st Airborne –                                                     Satan’s Kingdom Down!!!!
          Vietnam 173rd Airborne (two tours 1966 – 1967 and 1970 –1971)                                                            He leaves to cherish his loving memories wife: Margo
          and Fort Bragg, NC 82nd Airborne.   Sergeant Matthews later at-                                                      Matthews; mother: Geneviene Matthews; children: Paul Matthews
          tended the Jumpmaster School in Fort Benning, Georgia. Leslie ob-                                                    (Sherry) and Lakesia McKinnon (James); siblings: Kenneth Matthews
          tained the rank of (E-9) Sergeant Major in the United States Army.                                                   (Betty), Phyllis Geddie (David), Eulalia Willoughby (Bobby), Charlene
          Sergeant Major Leslie F. Matthews received several medals/awards                                                     Smalls, Wilma Jeter (James), Noble Matthews, Lamont Matthews
          during his 26 years of military service – Vietnam Service Medal, Purple                                              (Patricia), Marlene Price, Linnette Brady (Sylvester), Sharice-Renee
          Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachute Badge, Vietnam                                                        Matthews, Bryan Matthews and Carla Matthews; nine grandchil-
          Gallantry Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Overseas Service Rib-                                                    dren, Kiara Matthews, Kevin McKinnon, Jalen McKinnon, Alisha
          bon, National Defense Service Medal which is just of a few of his                                                    Matthews, Keshon McKinnon, Jordan Matthews, Clayton Matthews
          military accomplishments.                                                                                            Jaden McKinnon and Asia Matthews; four great grandchildren: and
               Pastor Leslie F. Matthews of Unity Christian Center in                                                          host of nephews, nieces, family and friends.
          Fayetteville, North Carolina pastored for over 20 years.  Mr. Matthews                                                               Services of Love and Comfort to
          was a faithful member of the Covenant Love Family Church and held                                                                       The Family Entrusted To:
          the position as a Sunday School teacher prior to receiving his Pasto-                                                                    Wiseman Mortuary, Inc.
          ral duty. Leslie Matthews started Restoration Outreach Prison Minis-                                                          431 Cumberland Street Fayetteville, NC 28301
          try with (Gloria Matthews, Robert and Carol Evans and Emerson                                                                               (910) 483-7111
          and Belinda Waters) by evangelizing in the prisons in North Carolina.  Pastor Leslie Fletcher Matthews

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