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 July 6-- Cassandra LaShawn Matchett entered this world on January 5, 1966 born to proud parents the late Curtis Lee and Margaret "Helen" Matchett in Miami, Florida.  The eldest daughter, she was affectionately called “San” and “Sandy.”

Cassandra's life long love of learning began at Cox Kindergarten.  She later attended Allapattah Elementary and Middle Schools and graduated from Miami Edison Senior High.  She continued her education by attending Fort Valley State College where she majored in Home Economics.  She loved her time at Fort Valley and was involved in various aspects of the college experience from Residence Life to the Alpha Sweetheart Society.  She completed her education at Union Institute and University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Cassandra began her education career in South Florida. She loved children and cherished time spent teaching Home Economics at Miami Springs and Miami Northwestern Senior High Schools.  She began working with children of varying abilities at the United Cerebral Palsy.  She had an incredible ability to bring joy and comfort to each of her students.  When opportunity knocked, San answered the call and embarked upon a career with the Family Christian Association of America where she was employed for almost 20 years. Her various titles included Head Start Director, Family & Community Partnership Manager and Disability Coordinator.  She wore many hats and did so quite well. In acknowledgement of her career excellence, the Florida Department of Children and Families awarded her the status of Child Development Associate ™.

Cassandra accepted Christ at an early age at New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.  She was a faithful member for over 45 years and had the privilege of serving under the leadership of Pastor A.M. Griffin, Rev. Dr. Arthur Jackson Jr. and Rev. D.L. Powell.  As a member of New Shiloh, Cassandra served everywhere she could: Youth Usher Board and Choir, Sunshine Band, Red Circle and the Florida East Coast Congress of Christian Education.  As an adult, she became known as the "Voice of New Shiloh" serving as the Church Reporter.  Additional leadership roles included Director of the Youth Usher Board and amongst the Education Scholarship Committee. She was also a member of the Gospel Choir, Young Matrons Mission Society, Singles Ministry, Christian Education Department, Hospitality Committee and wherever else her talents could be used.

She later wed James Henry and was most proud of her two sons Joshua Leroy Matchett Henry and Caleb Edward Matchett Henry.  She was a great mother and exemplified the Proverbs 31 woman.  She was an involved parent who worked with various parent-teacher associations, sports booster clubs and as a band parent for Miami Jackson Senior High School.  

She loved her sisters Janeá and Michele dearly and always supported each of their endeavors.  Her one request was that they take good care of her boys!  Her famous hot chocolate with marshmallows made her the official BAE (Best Aunt Ever) to Alex and Alyssa! She also unofficially assumed the role of aunt/godmother to Althia, Carilon, Maia, Marshae, Vondra and many others and she often teased that she “practically raised them myself!”  She always made sure they had school supplies, birthday parties, cute outfits, hosiery and make up when appropriate and whatever else their hearts’ desired.  She encouraged them to be their best and to love each other. She was a cross between lifestyle gurus B. Smith and Martha Stewart and these skills were illustrated in the annual prom or graduation receptions that she enjoyed hosting. Here, she served sumptuous hors d’ouvres, dolled everyone up, took plenty of pictures and sent them off properly.

Cassandra departed this life on Thursday, June 28, 2018.

Cassandra loved people. Her sweet smile was heartfelt and her infectious laugh was a source of comfort to many.  

She leaves to her cherish her life and live her legacy: a devoted mother, Deaconess Margaret “Helen” Matchett; two beloved sons, Joshua and Caleb Henry; bonus babies Veronica and Freddy Henry; loving sisters Janeá Matchett and Michele Godfrey; devoted brother-in-law, USMC Lt. Col. Jerry Godfrey; her “birthday present" niece Alyssa  and nephew Alexander;  aunts, Linda and Janice Matchett; uncles, Tommy Reviere and Lawrence Cochran; closer than cousins, Manon, Davida and S. Miles Matchett; Godmother Beatrice Mayes and Godsister LaEatrice McMurry; Goddaughter, Shatomi Richardson;; best friends, Lori Richardson, Karen Grace and Ingrid Brooks and many more cousins, extended family members and loved ones.  She will be missed dearly!

Public Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 05, 2018 from 1 PM until 5 PM at Vincent R. Drummer Funeral Home in Vidalia. GA.  A wake will be held from 6 PM until 8 PM at New Vision Baptist Church in Vidalia.

Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 2 PM from the sanctuary of New Vision Baptist Church in Vidalia, GA.  Rev. Willie Edwards is the Pastor.  Interment will follow in Eternal Glory Gardens in Vidalia, GA.

Vincent R. Drummer Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Cassandra Matchett.

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