William Greer Matthews Jr., of Pulaski, died Aug. 19, 2013. He had retired as plant manager of Big Sandy Plant, Kentucky Power in Louisa, Ky., a unit of American Electric Power. A registered professional engineer, Matthews received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.
He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific on the U.S. Cavalier APA-37, U.S.S. Joyce DE-317, and Coast Guard Cutter Thetis W115. He was a life member in perpetuity in Ocean Lodge No. 116 A.F. and A.M.
Matthews belonged to El Hasa Shrine Temple, Ashland, Ky., The Royal Order of Jesters, VFW Post 6975 and American Legion Post 007. Born Nov. 18, 1923 to Beatrice Tunnell Matthews and William Greer Matthews Sr., he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Rhudy Matthews, and his brother, Edward Matthews.
He is survived by Edward’s daughter, Pamela Harmon and her daughters, Cathy Briere, Jennifer Isaacs, and Kimberley Kern, and Edward’s son, Darryl Matthews and Celia Taylor. Also surviving are his wife Helen’s nieces and nephew, Irene Olson, Kent Hambrick, Susan Rhudy Bain and husband, Jeff, and their daughters, Erin Bain Hagar and husband, Greg, and Dr. Ellen Bain and fiancée, Aaron Gunter.
Matthews was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pulaski. Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home. Graveside service will be Saturday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m. in Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Terrie Sternberg officiating.
Military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 1184. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2 Fifth St., NW, Pulaski, VA, 24301.
Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.