Manuel Mathews was born on April 4, 1943 in Gilbert, Louisiana, and the third son of Amanda and Warren Mathews.
He was a graduate of Carroll High School, Monroe, Louisiana, alumni of Grambling State University and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was quite a trumpet in his earlier years.
He was baptized at the Friendship Baptist Church in Monroe, Louisiana. After moving to Seattle in 1966 he met his future wife, Letha Gavin. They married in 1983.
The year 2012 was eventful for Manuel and Letha. They made the big move to Port St. Joe, Florida from Seattle, Washington. He retired from the Boeing Company as chemist after 30 years. After spending many years in Washington State they decided to move so they could enjoy some sunshine and hot weather. They both liked outside gardening and doing yard work.
God called Manuel home on Friday, April 19, 2013 with Letha his loving and devoted wife by his side.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory his wife, Letha Mathews; sons Charles Mathews (Joanne) of Seattle, WA., Greg Lewis of Seattle, WA.; daughters Jai Bryant (Johnny) of Seattle, WA; Willie Mathews of Seattle, WA.; Geneva Cuevas (Rene) of Blaine, WA; seven granddaughters, Brittny Brown, Breanna Lewis, Janee Lewis, Shacorra Mustafa, Madison Bryant, Trinity Mathews, and Kaylyn Mathews; eight grandsons Ricco Mathews, Kendell Harris, Isaiah Russ, Juwan Harris, Joshua Russ, Mathew Russ, Maison Lewis and Tommy Sykes; one great-granddaughter, Romia Lewis; and nine brothers, one preceded him in death; and four sisters.