August 9, 1939 – January 29, 2020
Funeral services for Ralph David Matthews, 80, of Florien, LA, will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM at First United Pentecostal Church of Leesville with Rev. Mark Christian, Rev. Louis Magee and Rev. Tim Whistine officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Friday, January 31, 2020, at 5:00 PM at First United Pentecostal Church of Leesville.
Ralph David Matthews was born on Wednesday, August 9, 1939 in Many, LA. He passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at his residence in Florien, LA. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Grace Matthews; daughter, Laura Matthews O’Connor; granddaughter, Ashtin O’Connor; two brothers, Cleveland and Donald Matthews.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Rutherford Matthews of Florien, LA; son, Kelvin Matthews and wife Cissy of Florien, LA; two grandchildren, Caroline Chandler and husband Dustin of Augusta, GA and Colby Matthews of Florien, LA; sisters: Dorothy McComic of Florien, LA, Linda Lewis of Florien, LA, Marilyn Marr of Florien, LA, Jean Sharp of Florien, LA, Sherry Snell of Hornbeck, LA, Brenda Wilson of Dayton, TX; brothers: Bill Matthews of Leesville, LA, Charlie Matthews of Dayton, TX, Terry Matthews of Mooringsport, LA and Gary Matthews of Sam Rayburn, TX; special friends, Donald and Cheryl Russell of Many, LA; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers: Donald Russell, Bobby McClain, Rodney Rutherford, Jimmy Leach, Colby Matthews and Charlie Manasco.
Honorary Pallbearers: Buddy Self, James Teasley, Corky Mann, Freddie Wilson, Mark Green and Thurman Nash.