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•   Jerry Ward Thomas  4/13
•   Ann Gibbs (Blatzer)  11/14
•   Bob Garrett  8/13
•   Nancy Kathleen (Katy) Thompson  4/10
•   Richard M. Marvin  4/5
•   J. Donald Sparks  12/1
•   Lee Wilson  10/28
•   Daryl Curry  10/28
•   Charles G. Fulbright  10/23
•   Roger Lamar Hodge  9/20
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1 lives in Alabama
1 lives in Arizona
1 lives in California
1 lives in Colorado
8 live in Florida
13 live in Georgia
1 lives in Iowa
3 live in Maryland
1 lives in Nevada
206 live in North Carolina
1 lives in North Dakota
1 lives in Oklahoma
1 lives in Pennsylvania
28 live in South Carolina
3 live in Tennessee
2 live in Texas
7 live in Virginia
1 lives in Wisconsin
2 live in Ontario
1 lives in Australia
1 lives in Spain
23 location unknown


•   Esther Louise Williams (Vehorn)  6/10
•   Ron Grant  6/16
•   Gene H. Arrowood  6/23
•   Ronald (Ron) Gene Ballard  6/30
•   David Walker  7/2


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Frank L Ashley High School
Class of 1966


Obituary for Annabelle Matthews Royster, Mother of classmate Houston Matthews

Gastonia, North Carolina

Annabelle Zeigler Matthews Royster, 93, of Gastonia passed away May 27, 2020. She was born December 16, 1926 in Teaneck, New Jersey, the youngest of the six children of the late Charles Branson Zeigler and Nora Edinger Zeigler.

Mrs. Royster graduated from Gastonia High School and Limestone College where she studied history, literature, and art. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was a former member of All Saints Episcopal Church where she served on Vestry and Building Committees and an ECW member. Mrs. Royster served as a Sunday school teacher, Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout leader, circle leader, and moderator. Mrs. Royster was a Board Member and Past President Junior Service League of Gaston County, Board member and sponsor of Gastonia Debutante Club, President of Daisy Day Nursery at All Saints, President of Gaston Day Mothers Association, member of several bridge clubs and Friday Morning Book Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow by Gastonia East Rotary. She volunteered with Hospice, Meals-on-Wheels, and her children's schools. She enjoyed golf, bridge, community and world affairs, art, dancing, swimming, and being a grandmother.

Mrs. Royster is survived by her sons, Reverend James Houston Matthews, III and wife, Shay, and Vann Marshall Matthews and wife, Alice; daughters, Annabelle M. Kelly and husband, Bill all of Gastonia and Nora M. Hale and husband, Duke of Rome, GA; stepson, David Royster, III; stepdaughter, Lynn Roach; brother-in-law, Frank Matthews; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James Houston Matthews, Jr.; second husband, David Wyeth Royster; sisters, Charlene Kissinger and Phyllis Suddeth, and Jeanne Zeigler; brothers, Branson Zeigler and Charles Zeigler; and stepdaughters, Kathy Burgin and Peggy Porter.

A private inurnment will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carolinas ALS Endowment c/o Atrium Health Foundation, 208 East Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203, First Presbyterian Church, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd. Gastonia, NC 28054 or Covenant Village Benevolent Fund, 1351 Robinwood Road, Gastonia, NC 28054.

Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Royster family.



A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED OUR 70TH BIRTHDAY PARTY CELEBRATION.  It was great to get together again to see each other and to share memories.  Please stay in touch on our website and offer any comments/suggestions for our next reunion, hopefully our 55th in 2021!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Remember to check our website ( for updates.  If you have enrolled on the website, you can communicate with other classmates who have enrolled. If you have any information on any of the missing classmates on the website’s home page, please email



If you would like to make a donation for future events, we would welcome ANY CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT.  If so, please send your check payable to: Lynn E. Teague, Class of '66, and mail it to: Lynn E. Teague, 1001 Marina Village Drive, Apt. 402, Mount Holly, NC  28120.