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William Edward Matthews
January 31, 1948 ~ September 9, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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William Edward (Eddie) Matthews was born January 31, 1948 to John Lewis and Jennie Mae Matthews. He attended Jones Elementary school before entering the US Navy at seventeen. While in the Navy he served as a commissary man and then worked in combat information center. He was stationed in New Loudon, Connecticut; Norfolk, VA (twice); Jacksonville, FL (twice); Newport, RI and San Diago, CA. He was mainly a sea going man stationed on destroyer escorts and destroyers. Serving twenty years and seven months in the Navy he was able to travel the world, at Uncle Sam's expense, crossing the equator and Artic Circle. His ship was off the coast of Viet Nam when the peace treaty was signed. After returning from the Navy, he eventually got a job at Tysons in Shelbyville working in clean up and then as supervisor of clean up and afterwards as a security guard. He was married for fifty-five years to Nora Unroe Matthews, who survives. Children are Michael (Mandi) Matthews of Normandy, TN, John Matthews of Estill Springs, TN, Elizabeth Matthews of Hendersonville, NC and Jennie Matthews of Quito, Ecuador. Grandchildren are Justin Matthews of Estill Springs, TN, Brian Matthews of Antioch, TN, Benjamin (Elizabeth) Matthews of Huntsville, AL, Morgan Robinson of Normandy, TN and Isaiah Matthews of Normandy, TN and great grandson, Cooper Matthews of Huntsville, AL. He is survived by Gene Matthews of Bridgeport, AL and Dale Matthews of South Pittsburg, TN. He was preceded in death by brothers Wayne, Robert and Mitchel Matthews. His favorite hobby was riding around and admiring God's creation and fishing. Viewing will be Friday, September 15, 2023, at 12:00 noon at Tullahoma Funeral Home in Tullahoma, TN with the services at 2:00 pm. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Bible and Literature Missionary Foundation, 2101 US-231, Shelbyville, TN 37160, 931-684-0304. Thank you.