James Thomas Mathews Jr., 81, of Kingston, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013, at his home.
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He was born March 9, 1932, in Detroit. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War and received several war-time badges. He began working for TVA in 1956, transferring to Harriman in 1963 and moving his family to Kingston in 1964. He received training in nuclear reactors at the Oak Ridge plant before working at Kingston steam plant with fossil fuel. He retired from TVA in 1992-93.
He served from 1970-72 on Kingston City Council and had also served as vice mayor of Kingston.
He was ordained as a deacon by Waverly First Baptist Church, where he and his devoted wife, LeNell served for several years. After moving to Kingston, they joined Central Baptist Church, where they served many years in various positions until both their passing. They also served in the Roane County school system as substitute teachers.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rachel LeNell Mathews, on Aug. 18, 2012; parents, James Thomas and Edna Mae Shaver Mathews; brothers, Richard Mathews, Wally Mathews and Donald Mathews; sisters, Vera Hartsell, Iona Hams and Pauline Brown.
He is survived by three children, Rebecca Lovie Spurgin and husband Johnny, Flat Rock, Ala., Leticia Mae Durham and husband, Timmy, Waverly, and James Thomas Mathews III and wife Marsha, Kingston; grandchildren, Justin Mathew Spurgin and wife Diana, Beallsville, Ohio, Rachel Allyson Blevins and husband Patrick, Flat Rock, Lindsey Mae Durhan and Timothy Chad Durham, both of Waverly, James Thomas Mathews IV and Taylor Blaire Mathews, both of Kingston; great-grandson, Peter Lawrence Spurgin, Beallsville; sisters, Betty Harvey and Edith Bullington, both of McEwen, and Lois Carson and husband Kit, McEwen; brother, Buddy Mathews and wife Pat, Waverly; sisters-in-law, Lilly Hendrixs, Waverly, Peggy Ogle, Burns, Louise Luntsford and husband Ronnie, Soddy-Daisy, and Dean Mathews, Roseville, Mich.; brothers-in-law, Gene Brown, Waverly, and William Gordon Lawrence, Stevenson, Ala.; godson, Jay Bullington, Nashville; several nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of very special friends.
The family received friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Central Baptist Church in Kingston, with funeral service following at 7 p.m., with Bro. Justin Spurgin, Bro. Lane Parkison and Bro. Mark Gallahar officiating. Visitation in Waverly was on Monday, May 6, in Waverly First Baptist Church, and funeral service followed at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Burial was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Mathews Cemetery, Waverly. Fraker Funeral Home, Kingston, was in charge of arrangements.
An online register book can be signed at www.FrakerFuneralHome.net.
Fraker Funeral Home
1445 Kingston Highway
Kingston, TN 37763
Published in Roane County News from May 21 to May 22, 2013