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'Bicycle Man's' widow surprised with new set of wheels

Posted May 13

Ann Mathis

— The widow of Fayetteville's "The Bicycle Man," who surprised thousands of children with refurbished bikes, received a surprise herself on Tuesday.

Bryan Honda of Fayetteville presented Ann Mathis with an SUV so she can carry on with the work of her late husband, Moses Mathis, who, for 22 years, collected used bicycles and fixed them up for children during the holidays.

The SUV features the face of Moses Mathis, fondly referred to as The Bicycle Man, on its side.

"I wish Moses were here to see this," Ann Mathis told representatives of Bryan Honda Tuesday. "I thank you all. He worked so hard for this community and to have something like this for his organization is awesome."

The Mathises' organization, Bicycle Man Community Outreach Projects, is holding an open-house fundraiser to raise enough money to keep the organization running. It's planned for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 31. Further information is available by calling 910-424-3083 or 910-822-2034

Moses Mathis, who died in July at the age of 76, received national attention for his charity.

In 2006, President George W. Bush honored him with the President's Call to Service Award for those who have given at least 4,000 hours of lifetime service.

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  • mcintoni May 14, 1:31 p.m.

    Wonderful news! All the best to Mrs. Mathis, and Bryan Honda!

  • scubagirl2 May 14, 12:31 p.m.

    What a wonderful thing to do. Moses is smiling down, that's for sure.

  • Enough is Enough People May 14, 12:12 p.m.

    Hats off to Bryan Honda for doing the right thing when they didn't have too. Mr. Mathis, was a great man. If we were all half the man he was this world would be a much better place.

  • wytlytn May 14, 11:14 a.m.

    This is awesome, finally something good in the news. Good luck Ms. Mathis, I know you will do your husband proud

  • Grand Union May 14, 8:33 a.m.

    Nice gesture by Bryan Honda.

  • earnyourownway May 14, 8:29 a.m.

    To bad there are not more Moses Mathis in this world.