Arden - Leo Jack Matthews, 80, of Laurel Park Drive, Arden, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the John F. Keever, Jr. Hospice Solace Center in Asheville.
Mr. Matthews was born in Jackson, MI, son of the late Leo G. and Leone W. Matthews.
Jack was a Navy veteran, and a 27-year employee of Walker Mfg. Co. He moved from Jackson to Arden in 1972. He was active with the UAW in Jackson, and advocated for worker's rights throughout his career. He served as Supervisor of Quality Control at the Arden plant. More recently, he owned and operated a photo business on Charlotte St. in Asheville.
He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and was active with the Cursillo Movement.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Monica S. Matthews; a daughter, Julie N. Matthews, Hendersonville; three sons, Timothy M. Matthews, Mark R. Matthews (Jane), and Brian D. Matthews, Asheville; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Leo Matthews.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Fr. C. Morris Boyd, D.Min., at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 768 Asbury Road, Candler, NC 28715, or to Meals on Wheels, 146 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family and the on-line register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com