Matel Royal Viall died Monday, January 9, 2017 at her home in Pinehurst.
She was born on February 15, 1930 and lived a life full of love and selfless giving for her family, friends, and community. The daughter of Estel and Georgianna Fann Royal of Sampson County, North Carolina, Matel spent her childhood days on the family farm, where she grew up with her three brothers, Wreitzel, Cozart, Estel Jr., and sister, Pauline.
After graduating from college and beginning a teaching career in Pinehurst, Matel met and then married Robert (Bob) Viall in 1956 in her home church, Piney Green Baptist. They made their home in Pinehurst where Matel taught school and Bob managed the family drug store, the Carolina Pharmacy. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother to her three children, a giving grandmother to her 7 grandchildren and a dedicated teacher to hundreds of students. Her friendships were lifelong and she shared her time and talents to make her community a better place for all.
Matel led a Girl Scout troop, volunteered for the Pinehurst Recreation Association and supported the Pinehurst Fire Department as a member of the Women’s Auxiliary. She was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst for 60 years, serving as a Sunday school teacher, Bible school teacher, President of the Women of the Church and circle chairperson. She was honored by her church in 2002 with a Honorary Life Membership in the Presbyterian Women, USA.
She graduated from Herring High School in 1948, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Meredith College in 1952, and a Master’s degree from East Carolina University in 1957. She began her teaching career in Fayetteville and in 1954 she accepted a teaching position in Moore County Schools where she taught elementary grades at Pinehurst High School. After Pinecrest High School was built the elementary grades moved to Pinehurst Elementary School where she taught third grade (with five years off for parenting) until her retirement in 1993.
During her 34 year teaching career, she was always learning and refining her craft to benefit her students. Matel received the 1988 Teacher of the Year award from Pinehurst Elementary School and was the representative for her school’s chapter of the National Education Association. She supported many student- teachers and was a member of the National Reading Association.
After retirement, Matel enjoyed playing bridge, enjoying her longtime neighbors and friends, babysitting her granddaughters and supporting her church by folding the Trumpet newsletter, baking bread with the Holy Loafers committee, and visiting the sick. She spent many days going to Lake Tillery, visiting family in Sampson County, sightseeing in NC with Bob and friends and traveling to the beach to celebrate July 4th with her family.
Matel is survived by her husband, Bob Viall, three children, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Her family includes daughters, Robin Viall Calcutt of Southern Pines, Martha Viall of Greensboro and son, Russell Viall of Williamstown, Massachusetts. Robin’s husband, Randy Calcutt, daughters, Amy, (husband, Ralph Fields) and their daughter, Chloe; Anna Calcutt and Shelby Calcutt; Russell’s wife, Shannon, and their daughters, Ella, Gretchen and Norah. She is survived by her sister, Pauline Strickland and her husband, Bobby Strickland, sister-in-law, Gladys Royal and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life is scheduled for 11:00 in the morning of Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst with a reception following at the church. On behalf of our mother, the family extends their sincere appreciation for the many prayers, and for the dedication and support of her caregivers, friends and members of the Community Presbyterian Church and Pinehurst Fire Department.
In lieu of flowers, consider honoring Matel with a remembrance to the FirstHealth Hospice 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or the Community Presbyterian Church PO Box 1449, Pinehurst, NC 28370.
Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com
Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst is serving the family.