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    - Phyllis Bovaird
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    - Karen Mathews Timms

Robert Daniel Mathews, Jr., 91, of Ocala, passed away in Tampa, FL on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Robert was born in Candler, FL to Robert Sr. and Emily Mathews. He was a banker and a US Navy veteran. A dedicated husband, father, friend, and leader, Bobby had a distinguished and celebrated career in banking and the further development of the city of Ocala. Working his way from the mail room to Chairman of the Board and CEO of SunTrust Banks in Ocala, he impacted many lives inside the bank and in the community.
Bobby was a dedicated leader that cared deeply about his people and the community. He was involved in numerous Boards and charitable foundations including: Board Chairman of the Monroe Regional Health Systems, Board of Directors of United Telephone Co., Board of Directors on the Marion County United Way-twice the recipient of the Bonnie Heath Award of Excellence, American Banker Executive of the Year, Southeastern Livestock Association-dedication of the annual Fair, Rotary International, and Board Member Florida Bankers Association. A loving husband, father, and friend, Bobby found his passion in being a grandparent to seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He cheered for the Florida Gators at every opportunity and spent as much time as possible around the water, fishing, diving, and water skiing at Lake Weir, Crystal River, Yankee Town and Boca Grande.
Bobby was preceded in death by the love of his life, Sara (Kitty) Mathews, his wife of 62 years.
He is survived by his children, Steve (Vicki) Mathews of Tampa, FL, Cindy Brantley of Tampa, and John (Micah) Mathews of Tampa; grandchildren, Melissa (Chris) Gaskin, Jenny (Kevin) Hinson and their children, Lola and Lane, Clay Mathews, Kristen (Jared) Bladen and their son, Brantley, Katy (Johathan) Guion, Alexandra Mathews, and Michael Mathews.
Drop by for the Celebration of his life which will be Thursday June 14, 2018 at the Country Club of Ocala from 2pm to 5pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the . Arrangements are being handled by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Ocala, FL. (352)-629-7171. Online Condolences may be expressed at
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Published in Ocala Star-Banner from June 10 to June 11, 2018
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