Frederick Robert Matthews, age 84, of Athens, died on November 17, 2013.
Fred was born in Detroit, Mich., on June 23, 1929. He was the only son of the late Dr. Wallace Russell Matthews and Wilhelmina Matthews.
In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by a son, James "Jim" Hamilton Matthews.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rhoda Arnold Matthews; a son, Robert "Rob" Arnold Matthews; and grandchildren, Macey, Jimmy, and Jackson Matthews.
Fred graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1951, and from North Carolina State University in 1960. He also did graduate work at Cornell University and the University of Georgia. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, from 1954 to 1957. After being honorably discharged, he began his career in 1958 as a research plant pathologist with the USDA Forest Service, where he remained until his retirement in 1988.
Fred was a member of Tuckston United Methodist Church and the Gatekeepers Sunday School Class.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, at Tuckston United Methodist Church, with Dr. James A. Mooneyhan and the Rev. John M. Turlington officiating. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tuckston United Methodist Church Building Fund or to St. Mary's Hospice House.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home East, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Nov. 19, 2013