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Willie Earl Matthews, 80, was born in Fort Worth, Texas, January 28, 1937 to Earl Matthews, Sr. and Anna Louise Hill. He was raised in Fort Worth and was a proud graduate of I.M. Terrell High School. He met the love of his life Anna Lois Verse while working at a segregated cafeteria, Wyatt’s Cafeteria. Anna Lois says, “our hands met under the soap suds and it was true love at first touch.” They were married on December 10, 1957. Willie Joined the navy and Anna Lois moved to San Francisco to be closer to him when he was on leave. After an honorable discharge he left the navy and joined Anna Lois in San Francisco. Their union was blessed with the birth of 3 children. After moving to San Francisco Willie Earl became affiliated with Providence Baptist Church. He became a U.S. Postal carrier and retired after 35 years. After his retirement, Anna Lois took ill and he became the primary care-giver for her. Willie Earl passed away on January 27, 2018, 1 hour shy of his 81nd birthday.
He was preceded in death by his Sister: Dorothy Hill, Fort Worth, Texas and Brothers: Charles Matthews, Aurora, Colorado and Hillary Huddleston, Fort Worth, Texas. He is survived by his Wife: Anna Lois, San Francisco. Sisters in law: Doris Tipton, Los Angeles and Tommy Childress, Fort Worth. Brother: Gary Matthews, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Daughters: Wilhelmina McFarland, San Francisco, Edith Jones Matthews, San Francisco. Son: Vincent Matthews, Hercules, California. Granddaughters: Aisha Waller, Vallejo, Arianna Brown, El Sobrante and Alicia McFarland, Vallejo. Grandsons: Aaron Matthews, Hercules, Asante Williams, Vallejo Robert Daniels, San Francisco and Anthony Matthews, Hercules. Five great grandchildren and several generations of nieces, nephews, relatives and scores of friends.
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