Don Pedro Matthews
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Don Pedro Matthews
  • July 27, 1932 - September 5, 2017
  • Columbia, Missouri

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Don P. Matthews, 85, of Columbia passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.



Burial with full military honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017, at Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery in Jacksonville. A memorial service will be held in Akron, Ohio at a later date.



Don was born on July 27, 1932, in Martinsville, VA, the son of Joseph John and Annie Sue (Scales) Matthews, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on November 24, 1990, in Edinburg, Ohio, to Linda Burkholder, who survives at the home.



Don worked for many years and retired from General Motors. He also had a transportation service and worked for the highway department in Ohio. Don was a small aircraft pilot and loved to fly. He was almost a pro saxophone player in his younger days. Don accepted the Lord at an early age. He never met a stranger, and loved to spend time talking with people about his favorite subject, the Bible. He spent many hours studying and researching Scripture.



Besides his wife, he is survived by: four children: Don P. Matthews, II (Sandra) of Akron, Ohio; Ellen Moore (David) of Lisle, Illinois; Emily Matthews, Las Vegas, Nevada; and Rebecca Burkholder (Sarah Lockwood) of Columbia, Missouri; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Samuel Matthews.



In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to American Heart Association or Fairview Church of Christ.