Matthew Hollis Lynn, age 92, of Winnsboro, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2012, in Myrtle Beach.
Lynn, son of the late James J. and Anna H. Lynn, was born on December 19, 1919, in Richburg.
He graduated from Oakley Hall High School in 1937 and from Clemson College in 1941.
After graduation, he worked for the US Soil Conservation Services until 1942 when he was called to serve his country in World War II.
He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. and later served in the US Army Air Corps as an aerial engineer aboard a B-24 bomber.
He flew missions into Germany from England until VE Day.
Shortly thereafter, on June 2, 1945, he married Mary Elizabeth McKibben of Calhoun City, M0., and they remained happily married for nearly 67 years.
At the conclusion of WWII, Lynn was employed as assistant county agent with the Clemson Extension Service in Lancaster County.
In 1950, he became the county agent for Fairfield County, a position which he held until his retirement in 1976.
Thereafter, he devoted his time and interests to his gardening and various civic organizations.
He also served in many capacities in his beloved church, the First United Methodist Church of Winnsboro.
He was the Chairman of the Election Commission of Fairfield County, chairman of The Great Towns development organization, and coordinated the beautification and redesign of Fortune Springs Park of Winnsboro.
He was a long-time member of the Winnsboro Rotary Club and served as its president in 1971 and the sergeant at arms for many years thereafter.
He was awarded the Service to Mankind award from the Fairfield Sertoma Club, the Paul Harris Fellow by the International Rotary Foundation and the 1975 Citizen of the Year from the Winnsboro Civitan Club.
The Anemone Garden Club awarded Lynn an honorary membership, the sole male member, because of the many presentations he made to the club.
Mr. Lynn was predeceased earlier this year by his wife.
He is survived by two sons, Matthew H. Lynn Jr., and his wife, Jane, of Myrtle Beach, and Thomas E. Lynn of Mt. Pleasant, and two grandsons, Matthew H. Lynn III, of Sucre, Bolivia, and Thomas E. Lynn II, of Mt. Pleasant.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m.-8p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pope Funeral Home in Winnsboro.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 in the First United Methodist Church of Winnsboro with interment to follow at Union ARP Church in Richburg.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 109 W. College St., Winnsboro, SC 29180.
Pope Funeral Home is serving the Lynn family.
Online condolences may be sent to the Lynn family at www.popefuneralhomesc.com.