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Fatal stabbing takes the life of a former Brewton-Parker student

Robin Willis Matthews
Robin Willis Matthews

On Wednesday evening, May 28, police reports confirm Ms. Robin Willis Matthews was found in her car stabbed to death behind and/or near the Bethany Nursing Home in Vidalia, Georgia. Officials say the 24 year-old first grade school teacher apparently stopped her car long enough for her alleged assailant, Simon Mitchell, whom law enforcement presently has in custody, to fatally stab her to death. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner. According to the GBI and the Toombs County Sheriff's Office, no details will be released until the on-going homicide investigation is complete.

Many students and faculty at Brewton-Parker College in neighboring Mount Vernon, Georgia are emotionally stunned upon hearing Ms. Matthews’ untimely and tragic death. Newly married but without children, Robin Matthews attended Brewton-Parker College from 2008 until 2011 when she decided to move her major to Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Georgia from which she received her education degree. Up until her untimely death last evening, Matthews was working on her master’s degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

According to her Facebook page, Ms. Matthews participated in the Brewton-Parker College cheerleading team during the 2008-2009 school year. Present employees recall her sweet spirit, cooperative attitude, and competitive skill-set.

Just beginning her professional teaching career in October of last year, Ms. Matthews taught a first grade class at the Lyons Primary School, Lyons, Georgia. Personal friend and educator at the same school, Ms. Millie Price, reflected upon both her personal and professional relationship with Matthews. “She had a very challenging first year at school but she persevered and was looking forward to her first summer break. I am heart-broken to lose such a sweet coworker.” Ms. Price went on to speak of Matthews’ recently reminiscing about her days at Brewton-Parker.

“Robin spoke to me the last week of school about her time at BPC.  She warmly commented on how she loved to cheer at the basketball games, and how she was pleased to hear cheerleading on campus is much more serious and competitive now than when she was a part of the squad.”

BPC Cheerleading
Matthews poses for a photo with fellow cheerleaders during the 2008-2009 season.

Only recently did Ms. Matthews judge competition tryouts for next year’s cheerleading teams at the Toombs County High School.

Ms. Price, presently serving as the President of the National Alumni for Brewton-Parker College, also mentioned her conversation with Matthews about volunteer service for Brewton-Parker. “Robin and I also recently spoke about her working with me and the Miss BPC volunteers next year.”

Though Ms. Matthews did not officially graduate from Brewton-Parker College, her life and influence made an indelible mark on this community. Her absence brings a sense of both sadness and joy. Sadness because a young, energetic Christian visionary was so brutally and prematurely snatched from our community. Joy because our Lord allowed her to be an influential member of the Brewton-Parker family.

May our loving Lord Jesus give Robin Matthews’ family comfort, joy, and peace in their time of need.

The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application
of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
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May 29, 2014 4:08 PM