North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


May 19, 2014

Obituary: Donald Sherrill Mathews

NORTH JEFFERSON — Donald Sherrill Mathews, 76 of Gardendale, had his home going on May 14, 2014.

He was a Christian, an avid golfer, a veteran of the U.S. Army- Paratrooper Division. He was a barber for 55 years, president of the Jeff Co Barber Commission for 30 years and owner of the Alabama State College of Barbering where he taught barbering for 35 years in Roebuck and Gardendale.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Sidney and Melvin.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Emily Jean; children, Don (Tenley)Mathews, Jr., Col. Steven Johnson, Roger Johnson, Jr., Jeanine (Anthony) Johnson Kelso and Dennis (Kim) Hand; grandchildren, Emily (Mike) Gault, Angela (Clayton) Smith, Matthew Kelso, Hannah Johnson, Dallas and Dalton Hand, and a grandchild due on September 15, 2014; great granddaughter, Emma Gault; sisters, Joyce Walraven (Ga.) and  Margaret Winnett (Dora); sister-in-law, Pat Mathews; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services were held at Ridout’s Gardendale Chapel on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

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