Doris Nell Phifer Graham Matthews

May 19, 1930-Sept. 25, 2022


Doris Nell Phifer Matthews, 92, of Sparta, passed Sept. 25, 2022, at Life Care Center of Sparta.

Mrs. Matthews was born May 19, 1930, in Sparta, to Charlie Lavender Phifer and Rosa Pearl Stewart Phifer.

She was a former school cafeteria worker, but her true joy was the many years she spent as a caregiver. She was an avid gardener and loved feeding the birds in her yard.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, T.C. Graham and Bob Matthews, and siblings, Don Phifer, Marie Phifer, and Richmond Phifer.

Surviving family members include her only child, Freda Andrews and husband Dale; grandsons, Stephen Hale and Stacy Gunnels, Greg Hale and wife Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Ben Hale and Luke Hale; and sister-in-law, Dixie Phifer.

         Funeral service was 1 p.m., Sept. 28, 2022, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Bransford Davis Cemetery. David Copeland, Bryan Simmons, and Paul Allen officiated.

D.K. Phifer, Steven Seibers, Jody Day, Terry Eller, Dale Andrews, and Greg Hale served as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearer was Mack Lawson.

Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.