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Funeral arrangements planned for Fayetteville's 'Bicycle Man'

Posted July 17, 2013

— Funeral arrangements have been set for a Fayetteville man who helped make Christmas a little brighter for underprivileged children.

Moses Mathis, known as "The Bicycle Man," died in his sleep at his home Monday morning after a long illness.

The 76-year-old spent 22 years collecting bicycles from the community and then fixing them up to distribute at Christmas to children whose families could not afford them.

A public viewing has been planned for 3 p.m. and a memorial service for 5 p.m. Sunday at Hood Memorial AME Zion Church, 2801 Rosehill Road in Fayetteville.

Mathis's funeral is planned for noon Monday at Cape Fear Conference Headquarters B, 10225 Fayetteville Road in Raeford.

Mathis's wife has said her husband's charity will continue.


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  • Bear2013 Jul 17, 2013

    I hope that there are other "Bicycle Men" out there to carry on the tradition in your memory.

  • Hippy_mom Jul 17, 2013

    Too bad there can't be as many comments to honor this man's life and work as there are for the other stories where people sling insults at one another. We should all aspire to be like the Bicycle Man and make the world a better place.

  • jeffjohnson123 Jul 17, 2013

    He will certainly be missed by many.

  • Gunny the Racist Jul 17, 2013

    I posted a comment on FB about him and got more "likes" and comments than anything I've ever posted....says a lot.

  • 678devilish Jul 17, 2013

    My condolences to the family, friends and those he helped. May his legacy live on.

  • outdoor592000 Jul 17, 2013

    This man is what we wish all in our society would aspire to. Pres Bush gave him a humanitarian award years ago, and he was certainly deserving of it. He will be missed by all.

  • greywolf30 Jul 17, 2013

    I never knew this man personally, other than seeing him on news every year giving to the kids. This is a honorable man who put others n front himself. I am sorry for his family for their loss. He will be remembered well. Rest in peace.

  • babscash Jul 17, 2013

    What a blessed man he was. My heart goes out to his family.

  • jscott13 Jul 17, 2013

    There are angels walking this earth and this man was one of them.

  • jaydosse Jul 17, 2013

    What a wonderful human being Mr.Mathis was. A gentle soul, a kind heart and a true passion to bring joy to others in need.

    RIP sir.