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Official Obituary of

Donald Ray Mathews

March 9, 1934 ~ February 28, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Donald Mathews Obituary

Donald Ray Mathews was born on March 9th, 1934, in Bastrop, Louisiana to Clement Mathews and Hazel Watts. He lived in Bastrop all his life until he enlisted in the Air Force in 1951, which caused him to be stationed in Texas. It was here that he met his future wife, Cleda Ann, whom he married in September of 1952. While in the Air Force, Donald became a member of their police force, protecting other service members until leaving the military in 1954.

After leaving the military, Donald started truck driving and doing carpentry work until the 70’s when he joined the police force of Ferris, TX, eventually becoming the Chief of Police early in his career. He was also a member of the Waxahachie, TX police force, until eventually settling in as a Dallas City Marshall.

Donald retired from police work in the mid-90’s, and in his newly found spare time grew to love fishing, hunting, and carpentry. He was one of the last 3 surviving founding members of the Community Baptist Church in Ferris, TX, and was known for loving the church he built and the family he had come to know within it. Donald was a good man who had a passion for animals, loving cats and dogs of all shapes and sizes. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents Clement Mathews and Hazel Watts; sons Danny Ray and Johnny Wayna Mathews; and his wife Cleda Ann Mathews.

Donald is survived by his daughter Penny K. and husband Richard Miller; grandsons Richard Lee and wife Julie Miller, Terry Don and wife Skye Miller, and Gary Alan Mathews; as well as multiple great-granddaughters.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, March 8th, 2024, at Green Funeral Home Red Oak from 6-8 PM.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 9th, 2024, at Green Funeral Home Red Oak at 11 AM.

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March 8, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Green Funeral Home Red Oak
105 Vintage Dr
Red Oak, TX 75154

Funeral Service
March 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Green Funeral Home Red Oak
105 Vintage Dr
Red Oak, TX 75154


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