Luke Matthews

Alabama

BRIDGEPORT James Luther "Luke" Matthews, 82, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Parkridge Medical Center.Luke was the son of the late John Edward and Stella Gamble Matthews born Nov. 23, 1930 in Rash, Ala. He was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran. He had worked at the U.S. Department of state in Austria and taught at Bridgeport Elementary and Middle Schools. Mr. Matthews was a member of Jackson County Retired Teachers Association and First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Geneva Lemons, Dochie Hughes, Edna Whitfield, Bayne Matthews and Lewis Matthews.Survivors include his siblings, Rubye Hahn, Nanna (Warren) Whitcher, all of Bridgeport, Ala., Louise Bennett, of Michigan, Don (Cathy) Matthews, of Chattanooga; nieces and nephews, Alicia (Mark) Warren, Mitzi (Brian) Guess, Greg Whitcher, Jeff Matthews, Donna (Jeff) Mullins, Drake and Luke Guess and other relatives.Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. CT today at Rudder Funeral Home in Bridgeport.The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Longacre Cemetery in Stevenson, Ala., officiated by Brother Brian Guess.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of "Luke" Matthews to the Bridgeport Elementary School, Bridgeport Middle School, or Lena Cagle Public Library. www.rudderfuneralhomes.com.

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