‘The Walkin’ Man’s Friend’ Steve Matthews Dies

Steve Matthews during a live interview with WWAY TV in December 2017. Photo courtesy Hannah Patrick / WWAY

Steve Matthews of Matthews Motors has died.  Matthews was known as ‘The Walkin’ Man’s Friend’.  Mr. Matthews died Tuesday night at a home in Carolina Beach.

In 1994, he opened Matthews Motors in Clayton with 3 cars and a boat.  He later expanded to locations in Goldsboro and Wilmington.

According to a statement on the company Facebook page, “It is with deep regret that we inform the community that Steve Matthews of Matthews Motors passed away suddenly, Tuesday evening, August 13. Steve was a pillar in the Clayton, Garner, Goldsboro, and Wilmington communities of which he invested in 25 years of service by supporting local business. We respectfully ask that you keep the Matthews family – Dale, Tyler, and Morgan in your thoughts and prayers during this time. We will inform the communities as arrangements are made so that you can pay your respects to the family.”

According to published reports, the cause of death remains under investigation and will be determined by the medical examiner.

Johnston County Commissioners honor Steve Matthews (front left) for his work as Chairman of JoCoTeen Drivers in July 2017. JoCoReport.com Photo

In July 2017, Mr. Matthews was recognized by Johnston County Commissioners for his support and leadership of the JoCo Teen Drivers organization where he previously served as chairman.  Matthews had previously served on the Johnston County Education Foundation.  He was also a past recipient of the Small Business of the Year Award by the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.  According to the company website, Matthews was a CIADA Quality Dealer of the Year, BBB Torch Award Finalist and Top 50 Entrepreneur Award Winner.