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Obituary | 1925–2019 Herbert Ernest Mathews

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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:46 pm

Herbert Ernest Mathews, 94, of Monroe, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

He was born in Leesburg, Florida, on Feb. 8, 1925, to Ernest Mathews and Gladys Greene Mathews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy Moore Mathews; stepson, Don Moore; siblings, Leona Hansen, Margaret Eaton, Helen Cray, Dr. Irving Mathews and Carl Mathews; and step-granddaughter, Ashlee Poss.

He is survived by his daughters, Sheila O'Callaghan, of Cumming, Cindy Mathews, of Fairburn, and Lisa Blizzard, of Pocomoke City, Maryland; stepdaughter, Donna McDonald, of Monroe; grandson, Callum O'Callaghan; step-granddaughter, Valerie Ross; step-great-grandchildren, Ben, Lucas, and Stella; andnumerous nieces and nephews.

Herb proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, right after high school. He was a remarkable entrepreneur who started several successful businesses, including Everlite Distributing Co. in the U.S. and Canada, as well as A-1 Trailer Rentals and Sales, currently still managed by his "adopted son," Bernard Kenneweg.

His lifelong passion and greatest hobby was gardening, and he had an exceptional talent for growing beautiful flowers, trees, fruits, and vegetables. He enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labors with his community, who affectionately knew him as "The Tomato Man."

Funeral services began at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the Chapel of Meadows Funeral Home in Monroe.

Visitation was Monday, May 13, from 5 until 7 p.m. and Tuesday from noon until 2 p.m.

Burial with full military honors followed at Resthaven Cemetery.

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