15 Jul
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Staff photo by Raul Rubiera
Moses Mathis, ‘The Bicycle Man,’ is shown in this 2011 file photo. Mathis died Monday, July 15, 2013, at the age of 76


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.



  1. BVSmith July 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM #

    Good bye Mr. Bicycle Man. You got on one of those bikes and rode straight to heaven. I saw you turn and wink before you were out of sight. Thank you for everything you did while you were here. You will be missed and never forgotten.

    • hunglikejesus July 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM #

      LOL!!Did you know my father?

      Thank you for stopping by.

  2. mary burrell July 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM #

    I am so very sorry. Will be thinking of you and your family. Peace Be With You and Your Loved ones today.

    • hunglikejesus July 15, 2013 at 10:24 PM #

      Thank you again Ms. Mary, your words really do bring me comfort and you take care of yourself in your lose as well.

  3. Thelibertylamp July 16, 2013 at 3:38 PM #

    From everyone at the LibertyLamp we send you and your family our most sincere condolences.
    You must be very proud to be your father’s son.

    Peace and solidarity.

    The Liberty Lamp

    • hunglikejesus July 17, 2013 at 5:39 AM #

      Thank you so much for the sentiment. TLL has truly been a beacon on some of the darkest nights we faced in recent history.

      Please to keep up the good work and keep a certain sort in check.

      Again, thank you.

  4. No Black Pete July 19, 2013 at 6:44 AM #

    Condolences. Always late, but never too late. Make sure that you fill your OWN shoes. I wish you much strength and peace of mind.

  5. Robyn July 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM #

    Condolences and strength to move forward.

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