William F. Matthews, Jr.
William F. Matthews, Jr.

September 11, 1948 - August 20, 2006
Born in Washington, DC
Resided in Arnold, MD


William "Bill" Franklin Matthews Jr., 57, of Arnold and previously of Washington, D.C., died of cancer Aug. 20 at his home after a brief illness.

Mr. Matthews was born Sept. 11, 1948, in Washington, D.C. He received a bachelor of science degree from Frostburg State University and a master of arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He had completed graduate work except for the dissertation for his doctoral degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

He started teaching in Prince George's County public schools in 1971 while pursuing additional degrees. He taught at the University of Northern Colorado, Virginia Tech and the University of Southern Mississippi. Following a return to the area in 1989, he taught in the Prince George's County school system, with his last placement at Annapolis Roads Academy in Bladensburg.

He received various recognition for his accomplishments in teaching students at high risk in Prince George's County and for coaching.

Mr. Matthews fulfilled a lifelong goal of traveling to the Baltic states with his family. His interests included coaching wrestling, football, baseball and softball. An avid reader and history buff, he also enjoyed foreign films, collecting unusual and antique glassware, sports and his family.

Surviving are his wife, Betsy Matthews, whom he married in June 1971; one son, Shane Matthews of Randallstown; and two daughters, Alida Matthews of Annapolis and Lara Matthews of Arnold. He was the brother of Brian Matthews of Frederick, Celia Matthews of Rock Hall, Joy Millikan of Mexico and Janet Burns.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave. Donations may be made to Annapolis Roads Academy, 5150 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710. Online condolences may be made at www.hardestyfuneralhome.com.



Hardesty Funeral Home-Annapolis
12 Ridgely Avenue
Annapolis, MD US 21401
August 23, 2006
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM