Howard Matthews, of Bridge City, Texas graduated to his heavenly home on August 4, 2017. He was born February 26, 1937, to Harlon and Flora Matthews in Jeanerette, Louisiana.He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Matthews; sister, Hazel Thomas; and son-in-law, Boo Richard.Howard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Juana; son, Wayne Matthews and wife Lisa; daughters, Lynn Richard, Ann Borque and husband Paul; seven grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.Howard served in the National Guard for almost 20 years and retired from Bayer, after which he and Juana enjoyed 22 years near San Augustine Park on Sam Rayburn. He loved his family, his country, and his Savior Jesus Christ. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and serving God by serving others. He served as Deacon at Parkway Baptist Church in Bronson, Texas and at First Baptist Church in Bridge City and was active in Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief helping to clean up after storms, fires, and floods.Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 7, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Bridge City, Texas with Reverend Doug Shows and Reverend Mike Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange, Texas.Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.Serving as pallbearers will be Howard Wayne Matthews, Eric Matthews, Jay Cook, Paul Landry, J.R. McDonald, and Paul Borque.The family would like to extend thanks to Vidor Health and Rehab, Golden Years Assisted Living, and Heart to Heart Hospice for caring for Howard as he dealt with Alzheimer’s disease.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Alzheimer’s research or to a charity of your choice. 

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