ELDORADO — Hensel Harvey Matthews, 83, moved on to greener pastures on Sunday, April 18, 2010. He was born to Hensel and Delta Booth Matthews on Feb. 19, 1927. He was a football and track star for the Eldorado Eagles. After graduation he went into the U.S. Army until his dad became ill and he was discharged and sent home from Germany to take over the family ranch, raising Rambouillet sheep and cattle. He was a lifetime member of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association.
He was quite a domino player and he loved the game. He and his 35 yr. longtime companion Kathleen did so much together, ranching, hanging out at the Frontier Saloon owned by Johnny Johnson, and in the 80's they had a home at Lake Amistad where he fished and visited and enjoyed life. Later on Ft. McKavett became their home away from home, where he continued until he became ill in July of 2009.
He then moved in with Mitzi Friend and lived with her until December when he became a resident of the Schleicher County Nursing Home where he remained until his passing.
He will be missed by many, a man of few words, the greatest sheep man — which led to many wool show awards in San Angelo and the Sonora Wool Show. He is survived by his sister Noweita Briggs, his longtime companion Kathleen Moore, Mitzi Friend Matthews, many cousins, and loads and loads of friends from different phases of his life.
Pallbearers were Sean Matthews, Will L. Matthews, Jock Dutton, Joe Sanchez, Daniel Pfiester and Charles Frye. Honorary pallbearers were John Mittel, Robert Mittel, John Casparis, Clayton Kennedy, J. W. Johnson, Billy Frank Matthews, Chris McCravey, Dana Ledbetter, and Roy and Ray Jacoby, and all his neighbors.
Graveside services were held Wed. April 21 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hensel Matthews Ranch.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice. We want to thank all of the wonderful people at the Schleicher County Nursing Home, and Dr. Jeffreys.