Arnold Dean Mathews Sr.

Wednesday, March 18, 1936 - Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Wonderful Husband, Father and Grandfather

Photo of Arnold Dean Mathews  Sr. - 1936-2022

Arnold Dean Mathews, Sr., age 85, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

Dean was born on March 18, 1936 on Valley Street in Canton, NC to the late Charley K. Mathews and the late Bertha Lucille Reed Mathews.  He honorably served his country in the United States Air Force for four years and later began his employment at the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia, where he worked as a welder on the USS Enterprise. Upon returning to Canton he began his career at the Champion Paper Mill until his retirement in 1992.  Dean loved his family and loved his Lord.  He was an active and faithful member of West Canton Baptist Church where he served as an usher and a member of the Building and Grounds Committee.  He was also known as the official “Candy Man” at church where he was a friend to everyone.  Following his retirement, Dean enjoyed visiting with his friends at the Breakfast Club at Hardees, working word search puzzles, and spending time with his family. We give thanks for the life of Arnold Dean Mathews, Sr. who was truly a good and kind man and who has blessed our lives each and every day.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers: Felton, Bud, Bill, Max, Quinton, Marvin, and one sister, Faye Howard. 

He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of sixty-one years, Anne Bramlett Mathews, who he loved dearly; daughter Judy (Danny) Earley of Canton, NC, Arnold (Trish) Mathews of Murphy, NC, and Deanna Mathews of Canton, NC; five grandchildren Lura Earley, Cathy Earley, Colton (Stephanie) Mathews, Caleb (Andrea) Mathews, and Abigail Mathews; four great-granddaughters: Nayomi, Calisha, Trinity, and Violet who were his pride and joy; numerous nieces and nephews and a special sister-in-law, Norma Tyson. 

Funeral services with Military Honors for Mr. Mathews will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at West Canton Baptist Church. Reverend Caleb Mathews and Reverend Barry Willett will be officiating.   The family will be receiving friends at the church from 1:00 pm until 1:45 pm prior to the funeral service. Serving as pallbearers will be Colton Mathews, Adam Page, Dan Medford, Danny Earley, Danny Burnette, Danny Cassidy, Russell Teague, Stan Tyson, and Ronnie Pace.

Memorials may be made to Grandview Baptist Church Renovation Fund, 1562 Allens Creek Road, Waynesville, NC  28786 or Hospice, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC  28803.  The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Hospice staff for their excellent care, especially Deanna, Maureen, and Martha Anne.  Also a heartfelt word of thanks to a special friend, Sharon Free.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Mathews family. 

Condolences from family and friends

We are so sorry for your loss, may Gods riches Blessings continued to be with you.
Sue & Wayne Oates May
Prayers for comfort for the family. Deanna, Love you much.
Julie Brock
So sorry for your loss Anne Deanna Judy Kathy and the rest of the family you are in my prayers
Dana Penland
My sincerest condolences Mr. Matthews. My prayers to you and your beautiful family.
Carmella AUGER
Uncle Dean was always a constant in my life and I will miss his quick wit and jokes. Love to Aunt Anne and family!
Debra Fulbright Page
Anne, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Love you all, Melinda
Joyner Melinda
I am so sorry for the family's loss but it is heavens gain!Just think of the family reunion going on up there Love you guys! Vonnie
Vonnie Lester
Judy and Family - I am so sorry for your loss. May loving memories bring you comfort.
Ginger Hicks
We were so very sorry to hear of Mr. Mathews passing. Praying for comfort for all of your family.
John and Joann Cabe
Dearest Aunt Anne, So sorry for your Loss. Dean was a really good man. And i have many sweet memories of hiim. One was that he used to say to everyone that he was the baby in the family. And always got a kick out of it. Also remember him making a mean pecan pie.. Of course he learned how from Anne who is the best cook in Carolina. Anne u and Dean were perfect for each other. Both blessed to have each other. Dean is my uncle and I am Quinton Mathews daughter.
Gwen Mathews Simmons
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Phyllis Pressley Burchfield
We are so sorry for your loss - Dean will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.
John & Antoinette Bramlett
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you all.
Mary Beth and Candice Tyson
My deepest sympathy and condolences.
Alan Stinnett
Anne and Judy Let light always shine upon Dean and he is now in the kingdom of God and watching over you.
Deborah Ramsey and family
Anne and family. I am so heart broken to hear about Dean. I just read about it. Please know I will be praying for you and your family!!!! Please give my precious Anne many hugs for me. I love you all.
Gail Burrell
Dear family, please accept my sympathy and prayer’s . We always thought of Ann and the Bramlette’s as family they were always so nice to my Moma ,Wilma Singleton. Ann is friends with my son Phillip on Facebook . We are also connected because Sam Singleton is my nephew. Praying God comforts you in the days to come.
Pat (Singleton)Williams
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed by many. Dawn Hyatt
Dawn Worley Hyatt
Please accept my sicerest condolences. Your sister, Billie, was my dearest and most precious friend. She always spoke so highly of her family, and though we never met, I almost felt that I knew Dean. Anne, As you know, Billie lived her family so very much, and I sure she was waiting in heaven to greet Dean with open arms. May precious memories comfort you in your days ahead. Jo Ellen
Jo Ellen Arrington
Aunt Anne, Judy, Arnold, Deanna and families. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love you all. Gary, Kendra, Kaine and families
Kendra Thompson
Anne and Family, Sorry for the loss of your Loved one. Love and Prayers to each of you.
Ruby Crumpler--(Shipman)
Sorry to hear of Dean's passing he was one good guy he would help you any in any way he could , He will be missed.
Harold&Barbara Hannah
So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Cynthia Burnette
We are so very sorry for your loss and Dean's passing. We are keeping you and all the family close in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, The Jessie and Hoyt Mathews Family
The Jessie and Hoyt Mathews Families