Donald W. “Don” Matthews

August 20, 1947 ‒ March 10, 2019

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Donald W. “Don” Matthews, age 71, of Mount Gilead, Ohio, passed away Sunday evening, March 10, 2019, at the Woodside Village Care Center.

On August 20, 1947, Don was born in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late Jerry George and Gladys (Adkins) Matthews.  He graduated in 1965 from Guyan Valley High School in West Virginia.

Over the years, Don worked numerous factory jobs as a general laborer, forklift driver and performed maintenance.

Don was an outdoorsman at heart.  He loved hunting squirrel, rabbit and fishing.  He enjoyed old cars and drag racing in his earlier years.

Most of the time, Don was a quiet man and observed the world around him.  He also possessed a wonderful sense of humor.

Don is survived by a son, Michael Matthews of PA; a sister, Sharon Madden of Reynoldsburg, OH; his cousin, Hampton (Vilinda) Adkins of Streetsboro, OH; a niece, Shannon (Scott) McCandlish of Reynoldsburg, OH; and a great-nephew, Cody McCandlish.

Services will be held by his family in West Virginia at a later date.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Don’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • I’m sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort during this difficult time with family and friends. May God’s love and tender mercy give you comfort during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

  • I am truly sorry for your loss. Don was such a dear man with a sense of humor like no other. He had a heart made of gold and he will be truly missed. It was a pleasure to work with him. Praying for comfort in your time of need. God bless you all.

  • Don was a sweet man , he never complained about the dinner we served him .Plus he liked his coffee also. He was always there to listen whenever I had a problem .I will miss him so much

  • Sorry for your loss he was like my own family i will miss him so much i enjoyed taking care of him he was one of my favorites

  • I had the honor of taking care of Don for a few years. You could always find him on Sundays watching nascar. We would always make a bet on who would win. His sense of humor was one of a kind. He was a kind down to earth man who yes loved his coffee. RIP my friend.

  • Don was such a sweet and kind man. I enjoyed taking care of him . He always had a smile for me Everytime I would come in to work. I enjoyed the talks we had of football and hunting. He will be truly missed . May you rest now my friend.

  • Don was one of those people, who would light up the room he was in with his contagious smile. It was a pleasure taking care of Don, and getting to know him. Your family is in my prayers!

  • The only thing I looked forward to at 6 AM was seeing Don and getting him coffee . His smile could brighten anyone’s day. I was easily fascinated with all his stories. It was a honor to take care of him. Rest easy now Don.