Mr. Carl Shelton Matherly, Sr., beloved husband and loving father, left his earthly family on Sunday, April 22, 2012.
Born in Old Butler, TN on April 1, 1922, he was a graduate of Watauga Academy, Milligan College and East Tennessee State University.
He served in the Army during World War II, where he met the love of his life, Isabel Portrum. He and Isabel enjoyed 62 years of marriage, raising a family and calling Kingsport their home. Together, they were faithful servants of God as members of Waverly Road Presbyterian Church.
Carl began and ended his career with the Sullivan County School System. He was a teacher, coach and administrator for 39 years, first at Lynn View High School then retiring as principal from Sullivan South High School. Many benefited from his devotion to the youth of his community. He was proud to contribute to the success of his students and athletes.
To honor his years of dedication at South High School, the football stadium was named in his honor. Carl was dedicated to his community, serving with many groups and organizations. His role with the TSSAA was his most notable. Carl was first elected to the TSSAA Board of Control in 1965. In 1978 he was elected Chairman, a role he served for 9 years. Carl also served on the Executive Board of the National Federation — a role no other Tennessean had filled. He was honored to be elected into both the Northeast Tennessee Hall of Fame and the TSSAA Hall of Fame.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Verdie Matherly, his brothers Park Matherly and Freddie Matherly, his sisters Mary Martherly Laws, Florence Matherly Trivette and his beloved wife of 62 years, Isabel Portrum Matherly. He is survived by his sister Doris Matherly Snyder, a daughter, Mrs. Martha Parham and husband Tom, a son, Carl S. Matherly Jr, and wife Susan, and two grandsons Joshua Park Matherly and Tyler McKinley Matherly each of whom, have comforted and cared for him in the years since Isabel’s passing. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who cherished their “Uncle Charlie.”
The family will receive friends at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church from 5-7:00 pm Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Dr. Dan Clark will officiate a service immediately following the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Grandfather Home for Children, P. O. Box 98, Banner Elk, NC 28604 or to the Waverly Road Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 1415 Waverly Rd, Kingsport, TN 37664
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Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport is serving the family of Carl Shelton Matherly, Sr.