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February 25, 2024

Gail Icenhour Mathews

Gail Icenhour Mathews

Gail Icenhour Mathews, 84, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at her residence.

She was born May 10, 1936, in Alexander County, to the late Foye and Gertie Crouch Icenhour. Gail was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Conover, and retired from the textile industry and Sentrol Security Systems in Hickory. She enjoyed cooking for her family, walking, and loved working in her flowers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Phyllis I. Laney and Gilda I. Houston, and a niece Tangela Laney Chapman.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 68 years, Everette Mathews of the home; sons, Gary Mathews and wife Becky of Conover, and Tim Mathews of Hickory; granddaughter, Tatum M. Sigmon and husband Lance of Conover; grandson, Shane Mathews and wife Jen of Indian Land, South Carolina; great-grandchildren, Trace Mathews, Logan Mathews, Kylie Mathews, Evan Sigmon, and Chase Sigmon; special niece, Tina Laney Reid of Virginia; and special nephew, Barry Houston of Asheboro.

The Mathews Family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Kristin Johnson for the loving care she provided.

A service to celebrate Gail’s life will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 3:00 p.m., at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Conover. Rev. Kevin Graudin and Rev. Eric Hauss will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m., at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Those serving as pallbearers are: Barry Houston, Shane Mathews, Lance Sigmon, Jenks Reid, Todd Crutchfield, and Jason Dillingham.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are: Trace Mathews and Evan Sigmon.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, c/o Building Fund, 6175 St. Peters Church Rd., Conover, NC 28613; or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, c/o Youth Fund, 6175 St. Peters Church Rd., Conover, NC 28613.

Condolences may be sent to the Mathews Family at

The Mathews Family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton.

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