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Old 12-12-2019, 07:21 AM
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Captain Billy (Bill) C. Matthews, USNR (Ret.), age 89, passed on December 7, 2019 at Passages Hospice in New Orleans, La. He was born on 11-11-30 in Haskell Texas, the son of Charlie and Allie Matthews. After graduating from High School, he spent one year at Cisco Junior College before enrolling and graduating from North Texas State in Denton, Texas. On arriving home from graduation, he found his draft notice. He immediately went to Abeline, Texas and enlisted in the Navy. Upon completion of flight training and being commissioned as an Ensign, his first duty station was NAS North Island, assigned to VS-23 Squadron in Coronado, California. After a brief break in service and enrolling in Long Beach State college, Bill taught P.E. at Downy Junior High. His squadron was recalled to active duty in 1961. His love of flying kept him in the Navy. Bill served with VAW-11, NAS Glenview, Illinois, NAS Los Alamitos, OINC NARDET Seattle, Washington, Chief of Naval Reserve and then Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Support Activity New Orleans, where he retired in 1978. The next 14 years Bill, and his wife Jean, sold Real Estate on the West Bank of New Orleans. First with Hugh Humphrey and then with Latter and Blum. Here, Bill's greatest pleasure came from assisting a young family with the purchase of their first home. Bill loved swimming, diving, and playing golf. He loved to "scare" people with his "special dives." After retiring from real Estate, Bill continued to display his love of planes by designing and building model remote control planes. He used his "hobby earnings" to help send his wife, Jean, on the European trip of her dreams. Bill is survived by his wife, Jean (64 years), son Bob, daughters Cathy and Karen (Don, Jr.). Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 11 am at Aurora Methodist Church, 3300 Eton St., Algiers, LA. A Memorial Visitation will be held Saturday morning from 10 am until 11 am. Interment, Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Magnolia Community Service, 100 Central Ave., Jefferson, La. 70121 where his daughter Cathy Jean Matthews is a resident. Family and friends can view and sign the online guest book at www.mothefunerals.com.
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RIP Captain.

Whats this special dives you speak of Don?
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RIP Captain.

Whats this special dives you speak of Don?
I never got to see him dive.
He ruptured his eardrum diving, before Karen and I met.
That grounded him from flying.

His love for diving did get passed down though, and I owe a lot to it.

Karen and I met, and got to know each other on a diving team at a local country club. That was in the eighth grade. Like about forty-five years ago.
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RIP Captain...Here's to a Life well lived.
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Condolences to Karen and yourself.

A life well lived. RIP.



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Sorry for your loss. He sounds like a good man.
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Sorry for the lose of someone from that generation. I think of all he saw in his life as an aviator and the technology. A full life well lived, we could all hope for such a life.
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Its very moving to read of the many accomplishments some our more motivated elders attained and their enjoyments during their lives. I'm sure he is in a much less strenuous environ now. Your FIL sounds like a gentleman I would have enjoyed meeting.

Condolences to you and Karen, Don. And play only the happy memories and smile when you do. Its how I've made it this far.. staying in front of a pack of feral melon collies and blues, that have nothing to do w/instruments. I simply celebrate my good fortune in meeting & knowing worthwhile people, many of whom have given me reason to smile because of their insight, largess and laughter.
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He sounded like a very good man.

R.I.P. My condolences.
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Your tribute to him, and his obit, speaks volumes not just for him but for you.

Be thankful for his presence in your life. He is in a great place.
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