10 May 2015

Tribute to Carlton Mathews - Our Blog Angel Teresa Mathews' Beloved Husband



Teresa and Carlton Mathews

This week we are honoring our beautiful friend and 'Overcoming With God' blog contributor Teresa Mathews, by sharing a tribute to her beloved husband, Carlton Mathews, who sadly passed away recently on May 7, 2015.

Carlton is now rejoicing in the presence of his Heavenly Father and is free of all pain and earthly sorrows. We rejoice in that but are grieving at the enormous loss to our sweet friend, Teresa, who holds a very large place in our hearts, and we know, in all of yours, too. Please remember in prayer, Teresa and their two sons Daniel and Joshua, and family and friends, throughout the coming days and weeks to come. He was and always will be her love and her heart. Teresa, we love you more than words can say, and pray for your peace and strength, along with God's love and guidance as He holds your hands and wraps His arms about you.


L to R - Joshua, Carlton, Daniel

Fifty-three year old Carlton Mathews was an extremely devoted and loving husband to Teresa and an amazing dad to their two handsome boys. Teresa and Carlton were happily married for 28 wonderful years. He worked as a salesman at a plumbing supply company and was an anointed praise and worship leader at Abundant Life Assembly in W. Columbia, South Carolina. Carlton loved and obeyed the Lord with all his heart and we know he was welcomed with great rejoicing into Heaven with the resounding words of God saying "Well done, thou good and faithful servant... Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." Carlton has touched many, many lives in his one lifetime, not the least was his beloved family who will miss him more than words can express.


Teresa and Carlton at church

Psalm 34:18 - The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 116:15 - Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
1 Corinthians 2:9 - But as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.."

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We invite you to leave a comment below for Teresa, and to express your love and sympathy that she may be encouraged and blessed by the outpouring of love and support from everyone.
*We won't be replying to these comments as they are just for Teresa to read. However we know she will be very touched and grateful for your kind words. God bless!


34 comments:

  1. In blessings and love we remember you, Teresa, in your grief and days ahead for you and your boys. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    1. KATHLEEN thank you so much so your precious words. :-)

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  2. Teresa & sons--praying God's comfort, strength, peace and love enfold you now & always.
    In His love, blessings, Tina

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    1. TINA thank you so much, GOD has been amazing to us this past week. He is providing strength for each day. :-)

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  3. May the God of ALL comfort be with you and your family. Grace to you.

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    1. CARYL thank you for your beautiful words and for the sweet card I received. God is so good to provide us with precious caring friends. :-)

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  4. Dearest Teresa, Daniel, and Joshua,
    I am so sorry for your great loss. Although it's a gain for heaven, Carlton will be sorely missed by you all. I'm praying for God's comfort and nearness. You will grieve, but I pray that the knowledge that you will see him again will be of great comfort.
    I wish I could be there, but I know God will see to your needs. Love and peace to you all. You're always in my prayers . . .

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  5. So sorry, Teresa. What a great loss. I am asking Jehovah Shalom to be present with you as you travel this path and to give you the Peace that only He can give.

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  6. Love you more than I can say, my Angel friend and sister-in-Christ!! I loved Carlton also - even though I never met him, I felt I knew him. His love for God shone through so clearly in his daily life. His sweet note of thanks to me some months ago, and the knowledge that he was, just a few days ago, on his knees praying for my health issues when he was so ill himself - spoke volumes and touched me deeply. I had so hoped to meet the 2 of you this month, however, I have consolation in the fact I WILL meet him one day - we will both be rejoicing with our "new" bodies. He was a brave man who suffered with dignity, and put God, his family, and the needs of others - before himself. His life and death are a beautiful testimony to so many people. I can't take away your pain and grief, but please know that I'm praying for God to give you, your family, and Carlton's family - needed strength and peace. I know that He will, Teresa-
    your faith is so strong. Comforting hugs to you!!

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  7. I am so sorry for your loss! I prayed for your husband, and now pray for your family as you go through this journey ahead of you. I lost my dear husband over 5 years ago. I am so thankful God is leading the way! Hugs!
    Susan in NC
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  8. Teresa, Daniel, Joshua, and family... It's been a long and difficult journey that came to an unexpected end and I know that must of felt like a part of your heart was ripped away, but I want to assure you that Carlton is every a bit of part of you all still and will always be. His influences, his godly examples, and his loving heart that has impacted you all these years, will always remain. He did His Father's work on earth and has returned home a little early, but you will join him again one day. Our prayers are with you all for strength and comfort and endurance. Teresa my sweet sister of my heart, I am here for you anytime. If you're ever needing to talk when everybody is fast asleep in the US, you know you can always call on your Aussie sissy. Love, hugs, and prayers to you all. xx

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  9. What a beautiful tribute and such a lovely family.......So sorry for your loss, Teresa, but praying and trusting God to carry you all through this heartbreaking time. Psalm 34:18 Hugs, peace and comfort to you and your boys. Love and blessings to you.

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  10. Soon and very soon we will be with you in heaven. He was and is an inspiration and was a wonderful example of a upright man! We love you guys!

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  12. You and your family are in my prayers, praying that God comforts and strengthens you at this time.

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  13. Dear Teresa, I have been praying for you since I read the news. I am so sad for your loss. Praying the Holy Spirit will surround you with His comfort. ((HUGS))

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  14. Oh Sweet Teresa, I am so sorry. My heart aches for what you and your boys are going through. You have been such a huge support to me in these early days of finding out about Joe and I can't thank you enough for your encouragement. I know your heart is breaking right now and I wish there were words to make it better, but only the Lord can do that. God Bless you and your boys, and may you feel God's loving arms around you during this time.

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  15. Teresa, our hearts grieve with you and for you, and you will remain in our prayers. Much love to you and your boys.

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  16. Teresa, my heart is breaking for you and your boys. You will be in our prayers and thoughts, may God comfort and strengthen you during this sad time.

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  17. This downturn happened so fast it was shocking. Praying for our sweet Angel Teresa and her boys. Carlton was a good man with a heart for Jesus. Now he gets to hang out with Him while we wait our turn. Thank you Noela for posting this as we take a hiatus from our posting and pray for Teresa and her family and the church family, too.

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  18. Praise God that we hold fast to the hope in Christ of being reunited with those we love who go before us to live in God's eternal presence. No doubt you must feel lost and lonely now, Teresa, but cling to your faith and receive His peace and take heart in the love of your sons and all your friends who continue to pray for you. I never had the honor of knowing your sweetheart, but in getting to know you, I can know what a wonderful man he was to have your heart. His earthly home died indeed, but Carlton LIVES. He is NOT dead. He's surely waiting, too, for y'all's sweet reunion. Love and hugs!

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  19. As hard as this has been for all of us who love Carlton, I can't imagine the pain you are suffering, TERESA. The faith and strength you and your boys exhibited during the Celebration of Life ceremony yesterday was a wonderful testament of God's faithfulness -- and your great love for Him and Carlton. I love you so much, my Bobbsey, and my shoulders are here should you ever need one to lean on. <3

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  20. Dear Teresa, you and your boys and family are in my prayers. I'm asking the Lord to wrap his arms around you and comfort you. May the wonderful memories and your abiding faith give you courage and strength for each day. Love and prayers, Carrie

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  21. My sympathy to you, Teresa on the death of your dear husband. Praying.
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  22. Teresa, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. Please know that you and your family are being thought of and prayed for. God is with you every step of the way.

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  23. My prayers are with you and your family Teresa. I am so sorry for your loss. God is with you always !

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  24. Teresa Hugs & prayers for you & your boys at this difficult time. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you and comfort you.

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  25. My heartfelt blessings to you and your boys. Even though we've never met in person, I know that you are a great lady. And just from the way you have spoken about Carlton, I know that he was a good, God fearing man. Even though our hearts break from loved ones leaving us way too soon, we know that Heaven rejoices at their arrival. Hugs.

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  26. Sweet Teresa, You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

    I sent you a PM on FB.
    Love in Him ~ Anne

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  27. Teresa, my heart aches for you and your boys! Please know that you are in my prayers! ❤️

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  28. Rachel DannenbergerMay 14, 2015 at 1:38 AM

    Dear Teresa,
    We are heartbroken for you at the news of Carton's passing. We have been following his journey through Mum (Noela) and praying for your family. May God's peace that passes all understanding guard and guide you at this time. Much love and continued prayers... Rachel and Ari

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  29. My dear sweet friend. I am broken hearted at the pain you are going through with Carlton's passing into GOD's presence where he now has perfect health. As GOD has told us HE will not give us more than we can bear, tho at this time it feels so. But, HE will put HIS loving arms around you and lead you through this dark valley and into the sunlight again. HE has you in HIS hands. I am so thankful for the gift of memories that HE bestowed on us. His great love for you and the family and the memories you have made with Carlton will ease the pain in time. I love you sweet girl and my prayers are for GOD's blessings and comfort on you, the boys, and his and your families. And, of course your friends who were blessed to know him and how much he loved all of you and our LORD. Sending hugs and my love, Maxie (((Hugs))) <3

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  30. Teresa, I'm sending my love and prayers to you and your family. May God comfort you as the days and months and years go by. May the Lord bring you peace during this grieving period. I pray that your joy in knowing your beloved husband and soul mate is waiting for you in heaven. He is leading the greatest choir in heaven. Many blessings to you, dear lady. ((((Hugs))))

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