Walter Robert Matthews, 94, died at home, Friday, March 19, 2021.
Mr. Matthews was born in Wilkes County, Georgia and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delilah Kirkland Matthews, and his father, Henry Louis Matthews; his wife of sixty three years, Evangeline Mayes Matthews; his brother, Herman Lamar Matthews; his parents-in-law, Roberta Cardell Mayes and Joseph Edmond Mayes, Sr.; his brother and sister-in-law, Virginia Osborn Mayes and Joseph Edmond Mayes, Jr.; a brother-in-law John R. Westbury, III,; and a son-in-law, Ralph Joseph Evans.
He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Matthews Evans; his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Mayes Westbury; and several nieces and nephews, Cathie Mayes Hudson (Hugh), Mary Mayes (Tommy); John Rush Westbury, IV, (Sue), Edmond Paul Westbury, Charles Lesley Jordan (Katherine), Benjamin Mayes Jordan, John rush Westbury (Tracy), William David Westbury, Meagan Westbury, and Bailey Westbury Baughman (Sean).
Mr. Matthews attended Woodrow Wilson School of Law in Atlanta. He served in WWII in the Navy in the Pacific theater as a code operator and a flagman. In 1958, he moved to Albany, Georgia. In 1960, Mr. Matthews started Albany Title Company, which he operated for fifty three years before retiring in 2013. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Albany.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Phoebe Hospice at Willson Hospice House, 320 Foundation Lane Albany, GA, 31707.
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