Matilda Raleigh, daughter of the late I.D. and Peggy Collins Stamper, was born in Letcher County, Kentucky,
on January 14, 1923. She entered eternal life on Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at the Whitesburg Appalachian
Regional Hospital, being 82 years and 4 days of age at the time of her passing.
Matlida was married to Astor Raleigh in 1937. He passed away in 1980. She was a member of the Tolson
Creek Regular Baptist Church for over fifty years. Matilda has been a loving and caring wife, mother and
grandmother. She enjoyed her church and gardening, and treasured the occasions when she had all her family
She is survived by two sons, Steve Raleigh (Vena Sue) of Greenville, Kentucky and Addie Raleigh (Linda) of
Kingscreek, Kentucky; three daughters, Ollie Whitaker (Monroe) of Roxana, Kentucky, Havel Meade (Earl) of
Wise, Virginia and Nora Lee Fowler (Perry) of Whitesburg, Kentucky; one brother, Hiram Stamper of Isom,
Kentucky; and one sister, Mary Banks, of Detroit, Michigan. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 9
great-grandchildren, 1 greatgreat grandchild along with a host of other relatives and friends, including a trusting
family friend, Bob Bullock, to mourn her passing.
I was very blessed to visit Sister Matilda. She always asked for a prayer and a song. Every time I was there
someone was caring for her with kindness and tenderness, and most of the time, Sister Nora Lee was there.
Sister Matilda fought a good fight and kept the faith. Her reward is waiting for her.
Elder Vergle Caudill.