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Carl Waymon Matthews of Cedar Hill was born Aug. 14, 1924, in Corsicana and passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 in the Dallas VA Hospital. Carl, the son of Velma and Carl Matthews, attended schools in Dawson and Hubbard. He joined the Marines a few days before his 17 birthday, four months before Pearl Harbor. In January, 1942, his unit was sent to Samoa, but he returned to the mainland the following summer as a medical patient.
In 1944, he participated in the invasion of The Marshall Islands and Saipan and was wounded on Saipan the day before the surrender of the Japanese. After receiving a medical discharge in March, 1945, he returned to Hubbard to finish one and one-half credits in two months, graduating from Hubbard High School on a Friday night and enrolling in Baylor University the following Monday. He married Nell Baggett of Holland in December, 1946. They have two sons Mark and Michael. After completing college in 1948, Carl and Nell taught in Sinton, for one and-a-half years and he then enrolled in Southwest Baptist Seminary, earning two degrees.
Throughout the 50's and early 60's he pastored churches in the Ft. Worth and Dallas area and in Denver, Colorado. His marriage ended in 1965, and he became associated with the American Heart Association in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1966, he accepted a position as director for a unit of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health. He later moved to Atlanta in 1974 where he was director of a 13 state alcohol education training program. He founded Steelhaus Buildings in 1980, retiring in 2003.
In 2001, he returned to Texas. During his retirement years, he traveled extensively, visiting 25 countries including Japan and Russia. He traveled to Spain to participate in an English language program for Spanish business executives. Returning to Samoa once and Saipan four times were special trips. On one trip, he was keynote speaker for the dedication of the American Memorial Museum on Saipan. A Japanese television network returned him to Japan and Saipan in 2005 to participate in a documentary commemorating the end of World War II. He was guest of honor and speaker at the 2011 Marine Birthday Ball at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Since 2007, he has engaged in historical and genealogical research and writing and public speaking including participating in World War II symposiums.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister and her husband Marilyn and W.D. Lowrie.
Carl is survived by long time special companion and loving caregiver, Samantha Green of Cedar Hill; his two sons Mark and his wife Suzanne of Grapevine and their sons Jack and Jeremy, and Michael and his son Cole of Dallas and daughter Ashlyn of College Station; sister Jeane and her husband C.B. "Buddy" McGown of Bryan; two nieces and one nephew; numerous cousins and multitudes of friends around the world.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Dawson. A reception will follow the service at the Dawson Baptist Church fellowship hall. As he has requested, part of his ashes will be buried in the family cemetery and the remainder will be taken to Saipan to be scattered from the mountainside where his lieutenant (Lt. James Stanley Leary, Jr.) was killed in 1944.
In lieu of flowers, Carl specifically requested that memorial donations be sent to Spring Hill Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 94, Dawson, TX 76639 or to Hubbard Community Affairs Association, P.O Box 84, Hubbard, Texas, 76648
Published on January 18, 2017
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