Death Notices

Chester Glen Mathews
August 28, 1936 – December 15, 2021

Our Dad, Glen Mathews, passed away on December 15th, 2021. Funeral sercvices were held at Magnolia Baptist Church in Saline, LA on Sunday, December 19, 2021 wirh Pastors Stan Foster and Duane Moreno officiating.

Dad was born in Jamestown, LA on August 28, 1936, to Chester Mathews and Lucille Carpenter Mathews. He was the third of three children. Dad lost his own Dad when he was only 9 years old.

Dad is preceded in death by his wife and best friend of 60 years, Rowina Rogers Mathews; his Mom and Dad, Chester Mathews and Lucille Carpenter Mathews; his brother, Ronnie Mathews (Gladys); and his sister, Evon Mathews Lowe (Robert).

Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Sarona Mathews Snyder (Matt), Stacey Mathews Harp, and Matt Mathews; his eight grandchildren, Lillie, Mitchell, Erin, Haley, Paul, Bruce, Olivia, John and Makenzie; and his three great-grandchildren, Laynie, Aubrey, and Brody.

Dad attended Saline High School and married Mom in 1958. He later served in the Army as a member of Bravo Company, 24th Engineer Battalion Armored Division, stationed in Germany, from 1959 to 1962. He then came home to Saline where he held several work positions, including the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant in Minden, the Bienville Parish Policy Jury, and Dolet Hills Mining Venture in Mansfield, Louisiana, from which he retired.

Dad lived in Saline for most of his life. He enjoyed farming, hunting, and operating heavy farm equipment. After retirement, Dad and Mom enjoyed trail rides in mule-drawn covered wagons with friends, as well as RV camping. Dad enjoyed living on the lake, and fishing and boating with his children and grandkids.

He and Mom raised 3 children (Sarona, Stacey and Matt) who kept them busy! They were active participants in all of the family activities and each of their children’s hobbies: camping, rodeo events with the Saline Riding Club, basketball, softball, water skiing, and dirt bike racing, to name a few.

Dad was always there for us. He taught us how to drive, to ride motorcycles and horses, to fix things, to grow a garden, to check our windshield wipers, and to air up our tires. He could do or fix anything. We cherish all of the advice he gave us, and the gentle, calming demeanor he exhibited. Our loss is so great, and we are deeply appreciative to have had a Dad who wanted to spend time with us.

As the grandchildren and great grandchildren starting coming into our Dad’s life, he made their visits special. All of them always wanted whatever was in his front pocket, where they would find gum and all kinds of treats. After retirement, he was paid with kisses and hugs to babysit some of his grandchildren full-time. All of them loved their Papaw. He gave pure, undying love, and was always there when he was needed.

Daddy’s presence in our lives will be missed beyond words, but his love for us will live in our hearts forever.

Pallbearers were Bruce Harp, Jody Johnston, Dalton Mathews, Evan Rogers, John Snyder, and Paul Snyder.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Shreveport, 3100 Samford Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71103 or Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries, 7200 DeSiard Street, Monroe, LA 71203.

 

 


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