James P. Matthews, 79, a retired banker, died of a heart attack Thursday at Memorial Hospital in Easton.
Funeral services were being held today at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Easton.
Mr. Matthews, a lifelong resident of Easton, was a 1930 graduate of Easton High School and served in the Navy during World War II.
He began his career in banking at the Easton National Bank, which later became part of Maryland National Bank. He was a vice president of Maryland National when he retired in 1977 after a 48 years in banking.
He was a past chairman of the Maryland National Bank advisory board in Easton.
Mr. Matthews was active in civic and charity organizations. He was past president of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, a boardmember and treasurer of the Talbot County Free Library, a member of the Talbot County Board of Education and committee chairman for the Economic Development Committee of Talbot County.
He was past president, treasurer and general chairman of the United Fund of Talbot County. Mr. Matthews was president of Easton Little League Baseball during its 1955 season when Easton won the state championship.
A long-time member of Trinity Methodist Church in Easton, where he had been a teacher, superintendent and treasurer of the Sunday School, he assisted with the uniting of three local churches to form St. Mark's United Methodist Church in 1952.
He was a founder and past president of the Talbot YMCA.
He also was treasurer and a board member of Memorial Hospital and served on its investment committee.
Mr. Matthews was a member of the Talbot Country Club and an avid golfer. He won the Eastern Shore amateur golf championship in 1933. He was greens chairman from 1968 to 1981.
He was past master of the Coats Masonic Lodge No. 102 in Easton.
In 1940, Mr. Matthews married Mary Ann Kreeger, who died in 1982.
Survivors include a daughter, Molly M. Ginn of Easton; a son, Richard P. Matthews of Easton; a brother, C. Albert Matthews of Easton, and five grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the scholarship fund of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Oxford Road, Easton 21601.