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Obituaries - Oct. 11, 2007

James Edgar Matthews, Jr.

James Edgar "Ed" Matthews, Jr., of Morrow, died Oct. 9, 2007. Son of James E. Matthews, Sr., and Caroline Elizabeth Jones Matthews, Ed was born May 10, 1921 in Leesburg, Ga. His brother, William, predeceased him.

Surviving family members include his wife of 56 years, Audrey Lee (Long) Matthews; son and daughter-in-law, Caroline C. and James E. Matthews III, of Elmira, N.Y.; grandson, Christopher at Ga. Tech; and granddaughters, Susannah and Katherine, at home. Also his brother, Richard "Dick" Matthews; special niece, Susan Matthews (R. Dean) Wilson; Alex and Alison, of Peachtree City; his sister-in-law, Mrs. William (Della Rae) Matthews, of Virginia, and many nieces and nephews.

During the Depression, Ed left school to support his family, drilling wells with his father. Ed was a talented mechanic, who loved to fix almost anything. He joined Delta Airlines as an airline mechanic during WW II. Although Ed did not have the opportunity to finish High School, he was accepted to the Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga. Tech) in 1958, where he studied Electrical Engineering at night. When Ed retired in 1985, he was Delta's Director of Aircraft Maintenance. He was very proud of his 42 years at Delta, and of the hundreds of employees who worked with him at Delta's Atlanta Jet Base. Although a manager for many years, he considered himself a mechanic first. More than once, he took off his suit jacket and got off an airplane delayed for mechanical problems, to help.

Ed was an active member of Morrow First United Methodist Church and its Marvin Foster Sunday School class, and former member of the Morrow Fire Department. and Lions Club.

He was the Mayor of Morrow from 1961-1963. During his term, the city was rechartered, Morrow's city fire and police departments were formed, street lights were installed, and Morrow's zoning codes were updated. He remained passionate about good government and politics.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. For many years, he and Audrey spent their free time in Florida's panhandle, fishing in Apalachicola Bay with Ed's brother, Dick, and sister-in-law, Carolyn, and enjoying cottages that he and Dick built.

The family would like to thank the staff at Governor's Glen Alzheimer's facility for the compassionate care provided to Ed these past six months. Special thanks as well to all their present and former Westwood neighbors.

Visitation will be 6 - 8:30 p.m., TODAY, Oct. 11, Pope Dickson & Son Morrow Chapel, 1210 Morrow Rd, Morrow. Services will be Friday, Oct. 12, at 11a.m., at Morrow First United Methodist Church, 5985 N. Main St, Morrow, Ga., 30260.

The Rev. Edward Judy will officiate. Burial to immediately follow at Westview Cemetery, Atlanta. The family will provide flowers, and respectfully requests memorial contributions in Ed's name to: The Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc., 760 Spring St NW, Suite 400, Atlanta, Ga., 30308; Morrow First United Methodist Church, 5985 N. Main St, PO Box 143, Morrow, Ga., 30260 or a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Pope Dickson & Son, Morrow Road Chapel, Morrow, (770) 961-7200