Paul James Matlock died on December 1, 2020, at Autumn Care of Statesville from complications from COVID-19. Paul was born on September 10, 1929, in Alexander County and was the son of the late Bannie Matlock and Marie Bowles Matlock. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Katrina Murph Matlock, on September 29, 2013, and his brother, Clyde Matlock.

He began Matlock’s Used Parts in 1946 and worked there until his retirement in 1994. Even after retirement, he enjoyed going to auto auctions with his son and working on antique cars. He was a member of South River United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son, Jeff Matlock (Jan) of Woodleaf; two grandchildren, Amanda Matlock Moncrieff (Tanner) of Mocksville and Dale Matlock of Granite Falls; and a sister-in-law, Betty York (Franklin) of Woodleaf.

A Funeral Service will be held Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 2 p.m. at South River United Methodist Church in Woodleaf with Rev. AJ Moore and Tim Kelty officiating. The service will also be broadcast on the radio frequency that is used for the regular services. The family asks that masks be worn, and that social distancing is observed. Mr. Matlock will lie in state on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at Nicholson Funeral Home from 1 to 5 p.m.

Memorials may be given to Africa Inland Mission, Attn: Receipting, P.O. Box 3611, Peachtree City, GA 30269 or to the Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625. Online condolences may be left at

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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