He was born Jan. 6, 1920, in Sikeston, the son of Edward C. Matthews Sr. and Cornelia Mare Bergmann Matthews, h He graduated from Sikeston High School, Class of 1938, and attended Westminster College in Fulton.
On June 8, 1946, at Fulton, he was united in marriage to Peggy Marie Frank of Fulton, who survives of the home.
To this union three children were born, who survive: Peggy Lee Matthews, Edward C. Matthews III and wife, Sarah of Sikeston, and Phillip F. Matthews and wife, Debbie of Decatur, Ga. Other survivors include: four grandchildren, Edward C. Matthews IV and wife, Sarah Ann of St. Louis, Jonathan Lee Matthews of New York, N.Y., Lauren Mosley Snider and husband, Christopher of Cape Girardeau, and Grant M. Matthews of Naples, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Snider and Maria Bella Matthews.
One sister, Olga M. Hux, preceded him in death.
Matthews volunteered for duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served as a flight engineer and turret gunner aboard a patrol bomber in the South Pacific, with bomb SQDN No. 17, from 1942-1946. He received military awards for American Defense, Asiatic-Pacific representing four major battles, Philippine Liberation, Good Conduct medal and victory medals, as well as State of Missouri Award for patriotic service, WWII.
A member of First United Methodist Church of Sikeston, Matthews has served as Sunday school teacher, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and a member of the Board of Stewards. He was scoutmaster for five years and served as District Chairman of the Boy Scouts.
Matthews was employed by the Bank of Sikeston on January 1, 1953. He became the bank's 6th president in September 1974. He was the grandson of the late Charles D. Matthews Sr., founder of the bank. He retired in 1986, as CEO and President.
He served as president of the Lions Club and Chairman of the Lions Club sight conservation fundraising committee. He served as zone chairman of District 26D Lions and Deputy District Governor of Lions International.
Matthews has been treasurer and director of the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce and director of the Sikeston Industrial Development Corporation. Other activities included serving as a member of the University of Missouri Advisory Committee on vocational education, member of the advisory council on Archaeology to the Missouri State Park Board, chairman of the Community Chest, member of the citizen's advisory committee on Schools and Occupational Education, Scott County Farm Bureau and president of the Scott County Extension Council. Matthews served as a commissioner of the Sikeston Special Road District for 20 years, from 1968-1985. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Sikeston and Amerifirst Bank, SEMO Grain Co., Bucoda Gin Co., Scott County Milling Co. and Matthews Cotton Company.
Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, July 14, at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Nunnelee Chapel, with the Rev. Geoff Posegate, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston, officiating.
Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be: Jim Hux, Scott Matthews, Chris Matthews, Charlie Moore, Jeff Hux and Christopher Snider. Honorary pallbearers will be: John Hux, Ralph Boyer, Drew Juden, Steve Sikes, Joe Silverthorn and Swayne Byrd.
Online condolences may be shared at: www.nunneleefuneralchapel.com.
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Historical & Cultural Center
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Sikeston, MO 63801
YMCA of Southeast Missouri
Memorial Fund Program
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Sikeston, MO 63801