Moses Mathis, who created a charity that gave thousands of bicycles to needy children in Fayetteville over two decades, died this morning after a long period of poor health.
He was 76.
Ann Mathis, his wife of nearly 46 years, said he died in his sleep at home shortly before 5 a.m.
“He had a peace with him,” she said.
Mrs. Mathis was with her husband at the time, as was a hospice worker.
Mathis had been battling health problems for months and had been confined to medical facilities as he tried to recover his strength. Recently, though, he returned home under hospice care.
Mathis, who served in the Navy and worked at Black & Decker before it closed, became known as “The Bicycle Man” for the Christmastime bicycle giveaway that he orchestrated each year. Mrs. Mathis has headed the charity during her husband’s illness and said it will continue.
Funeral plans have not yet been set.