Dr. Edwin Vince Matthews, Jr. (76), a lifelong resident of Houston passed away on December 19, 2013 at his home following a long illness. Vince was born to Oma Ray Powell and E.V. Matthews on January 14, 1937 at Memorial Hospital in downtown Houston.
Vince, a natural athlete with an outgoing personality attended Henderson Elementary, Jackson Junior and Austin Senior High Schools in Houston. He had a love of sports but football in particular. In high school, he was the quarterback for the Austin Mustangs and played for the State Football Championship in Abilene. Although they were defeated in the last 57 seconds of the game, Vince was named Most Outstanding Football Player in Texas that year. He was also name MVP Houston Athlete. Vince went on to sign a scholarship with the University of Texas at Austin and played under Coach Darrell Royal. He was also a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at UT. His passing success in the memorable game between Oklahoma and Texas in 1958 is part of Longhorn football history. Texas won 15-14 and this game remained a fond memory he loved to look back upon.
Following his time at the University of Texas, Dr. Matthews attended and graduated from the Texas Dental School in Houston where he was president of Psi Omega. Dr. Matthews proudly served as a captain in the U.S. Army and was based in Killeen, Texas. Dr. Matthews then returned to Houston and opened his dental practice on Gulf Bank Road in North Houston in 1970, where he practiced dentistry and served the community for over 35 years. In 1960, he married Ann Milroy McLeod of Galveston, whom he had met at the University of Texas in Austin. Vince and Ann had four children together - two sons and two daughters.
Vince is predeceased in death by his parents, Oma Ray and E.V. Matthews and brother, Larry Matthews. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Shirley Matthews, his stepdaughters, Tamara and Melissa, loving sister Oma Jean Stevenson of Houston; son Edwin Vince (Vic) Matthews, III and wife Cindi of League City; daughter Lea McLeod Matthews of Nashville, TN; son Allan W. Matthews and wife Lori of Galveston; and daughter Dorothea (Dotsy) Matthews Balentine of Galveston. He is also survived by grandchildren Will and Kit Matthews of League City, Kimmy and Marissa Matthews of Galveston, Tiffany Bastow of Houston and Lauren Balentine of Galveston. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews in Houston who will remember his kindness, love of golf and the Texas Longhorns.
Donations may be made in his name to The Longhorn Foundation.
With Sincere Appreciation The family of Dr. Vince Matthews wishes to extend their most heartfelt thanks to Shirley Long for her loving care of our father and brother. During the last few years, she provided the nursing skills and necessary demands of everyday care which were so important in his life. Because of her kindness to him, in his final days he was able to remain at his home where he found much comfort and peace.