Chief Bill Matthews

Published 3:11 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Funeral Services for Chief Bill Matthews were held at 10:00am on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at the Covington-Jefferson Davis Baptist Association Building. Mr. Matthews, 71, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at the Jefferson Davis Community Hospital in Prentiss. Rev. Ken Roberts and Rev. Jake Staten officiated. Lyn Holloway provided the musical service and interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Brookhaven.

Saulters-Moore Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Tyler Matthews, Jason Wambolt, Jonathan Fairley, Riley Smith, Franklin Cooley, Drew Stephens, T.D. Graves, and Will Crowdus. Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Bassfield Fire Department.

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Billy Watson Matthews, II, was born on August 25, 1945 in Quantico, Virginia, to Billy Watson Matthews and Damie Sue Sutton Matthews. Bill Matthews was the Chief of the Bassfield Fire Department and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in Vietnam. He was a former Deputy Sheriff for the St. Tammany Parrish Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Department. Chief Matthews was the former owner of Royer Mobile Homes and was a member of Bassfield Baptist Church.

Mr. Matthews was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Survivors are his wife, Liz Matthews of Bassfield; one son, Grant Matthews and his wife Brandie of Bassfield; one daughter, Amanda Surla of Slidell, Louisiana; as well as a host of other relatives, and friends.

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