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Lessie Ora Matthews Coward
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Birth: Apr. 14, 1896
Saluda County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 26, 1977
Calhoun Falls
Abbeville County
South Carolina, USA

Lessie Ora Matthews was born 14 April 1896 in Saluda County, SC to Samuel Tillman Matthews (1868-1945) and Sarah Ann Britt Matthews (1865-1908). She married John Clark Coward (1894-1979) on 14 April 1926 in Rockingham, Richmond County, NC. They had four sons: Vernon Lester (b.1928), Robert Earl (1932-1995), and twins, Ray and Roy (b.1936). Lessie died 26 December 1977 in Calhoun Falls, SC at the age of 81.

OBITUARY: Lessie Matthews Coward (1896-1977)
Abbeville, South Carolina—Lessie M. Coward, age 81, of Route 1, Calhoun Falls, Warrenton community, wife of J. Clark Coward, died Monday, December 26, 1977.
Born in Newberry, Alachua County, Florida, she was a member of Warrenton Presbyterian Church.
Surviving also are sons, Vernon Lester Coward of Marietta, Georgia, Robert Earl Coward of Richmond, Virginia, Roy Landis Coward of Spartanburg, and Ray Francis Coward of Columbia; brothers, Ernest G. Matthews of Long Beach, California, and C.D. Matthews of Newberry, South Carolina; sisters, Lilla Bouknight and Della Leslie of Newberry and Ella Crow of Spartanburg; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 27th at Warrenton Presbyterian Church; burial in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.
The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.—Harris Funeral Home.
(Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina, Tuesday, 27 December 1977)
Family links: 
  Samuel Tillman Matthews (1868 - 1945)
  Sarah Ann Britt Matthews (1865 - 1908)
  John Clark Coward (1894 - 1979)
  Robert Earl Coward (1932 - 1995)*
  Lilia Cornelia Matthews Bouknight (1890 - 1980)*
  Eunice Aquilla Matthews Carter (1892 - 1921)*
  Lessie Ora Matthews Coward (1896 - 1977)
  Ella V. Matthews Crow (1899 - 1978)*
  Blanche Della Matthews Leslie (1899 - 1982)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Memorial Gardens
Greenwood County
South Carolina, USA
Plot: Section 9, Lot 68, space 2
Created by: David Coward
Record added: May 01, 2011
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