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Originally published: 2013-11-19 14:51:02
Last modified: 2013-11-19 14:51:02

Jacob Matovu

Dr. Jacob Matovu, 69, of Banner Elk, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Watauga Medical Center.

Born Jan. 22, 1944, in Uganda, he was a son of Salongo Bukenya and Nalongo Egulasi Namuyimbwa. Dr. Matovu was Professor of Communication and Academic Advisor for 24 years at Appalachian State University in Boone, retiring in 2010. He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Dr. Matovu is survived by his daughters, Barbara Matovu of Brooklyn, N.Y., Ruth Matovu of Winston-Salem; and the mother of his children, Edith Mubanda of Boone; three brothers, and four sisters, all of Uganda; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and four brothers.

Memorial services and internment will be conducted at 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, officiated by the Rev. Cynthia Banks. A reception will follow services at the church.

Memorials, in memory of Dr. Matovu, may be made to the St. Luke's Episcopal Church Priest's Discretionary Fund, 170 Councill Street, Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at the website

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Matovu family.