Bobby Matthews

Published 3:00 pm Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:6-8).

Bobby Oless Matthews was born on Aug. 18, 1947, to the late Mr. Solomon and Pearlie Matthews. He was the third born of six children. Bobby passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Hospital in Baton Rouge, after a month-long battle with illness.

He leaves to mourn: his wife, Ester Matthews; children, Oless Matthews, Solomon Matthews, Vincent Matthews, Karla Matthews, Rodrick Matthews, Bobby Matthews Jr., Emelda Matthews, Robert Carter and Brittany Matthews; his siblings, Richard and Joe Matthews; his step-son, Gregory Davis; and a host of grandkids and great-grandkids, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Solomon and Pearlie Matthews; his sisters, Paulette Foster, Mary Jane Myres and Ozzalean Foster; and his step-daughter, Melissa Williams.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. at Robinson Cemetery in Varnado, with Supt. Leslie Fields officiating.

Crain and Sons Funeral Home of Bogalusa is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook online at