Funeral services for Ralph D. Matthews Sr., 81, of Hokes Bluff, who passed away on January 5, 2019 will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Chapel. Bro. Roger Marriott and Bro. Joey Jones will officiate. Burial will follow at New Bethel Cemetery. Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home & Cemetery is in charge of the services.
Mr. Matthews was a native of Maryland but had resided in Alabama for the last 36 years. He was a lieutenant for the fire department for many years in Anne Arundel County Maryland. He was a minister of music of the Baptist Faith and was known for his love of the Lord. He was a lifetime home builder. Ralph loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren more than life.
He is preceded in death by his parents Charles O. Sr. and Doris Matthews; siblings Doris Fobare, Charles O. Matthews Jr., Mary Marriott and Samuel Matthews.
He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Catherine Matthews; children Julie (Steve) Bryant, R Douglas (Kim) Matthews, Cindy (Tony) Beard, Keith (Samantha) Matthews, Tracy (Moe) Colvin, Kevin (Victoria) Matthews; 23 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; sister Alice (Scott) Mears, brother Kenneth (Sharon) Matthews, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Special thanks to Elizabeth Vaughn, RN in MICU at Gadsden Regional Medical Center.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday night at the funeral home.