- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Richard C. Matthews, 81, ex-Carroll County delegate

HAMPSTEAD, Md. (AP) — Former Delegate Richard C. Matthews, a Carroll County Republican and business owner, has died.

Mr. Matthews, 81, died Thursday at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster. He represented Carroll County in the state House from 1967 until 1994. Mr. Matthews also owned and operated Matthews Service Station-Matthews Tire Co. in Hampstead for more than half a century.

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, served with Mr. Matthews on the House Judiciary Committee from 1987 to 1995. He said Mr. Matthews would start sentences with the caveat that he was not a lawyer.

“He represented the views of the small-business owner in a town full of lawyers,” Mr. Ehrlich said.

Mr. Matthews was a 1943 graduate of Hampstead High School and had served as director of Hampstead Bank. He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, in Hampstead. Mr. Matthews was a charter member of the Hampstead Business Association and the Hampstead Lions Club and a member of the Westminster Elks.

His hobbies included reading, golf, coin collecting, and antiques.

Survivors include Mr. Matthews‘ wife, Dorothy, and a sister, Joan M. Bair of Westminster.

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