Mathews County lost three of its leading citizens in the short space of one week. They leave voids in the business, civic and religious communities, and taken together their deaths create a challenge to those left behind: who can fill their shoes?
Their contributions were so admired that each had been selected to lead the county’s Christmas parade: Charles W. "Charlie Bill" Faulkner served as grand marshal in 2000; Judy Burroughs (memorialized in this space last Thursday) in 2007; and Judy Ward in 2009.
Charlie Bill Faulkner entered the business scene in 1947 as an employee of the Forrest Funeral Home. He bought the company, renamed it, and guided the firm to its present-day success. It is an anchor on Main Street.
He was an active and engaged member of the county’s chamber of commerce, knowing that mutual support helped the entire merchant community. His longtime membership in the Mathews Ruritan Club and Mathews Rotary Club added to the efforts to suppor...
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