Edward Day Matthews was born to Leroy and Lavinia Matthews and raised in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating high school, Edward was drafted into the United States Army in 1952 where he began his military career. In 1954, he married his childhood sweetheart, Barbara King, together they had two children, Barry and Lavinia. His military experience allowed him to serve his country in Germany, Panama, Korea, Alaska and the U.S. He was decorated with six good conduct medals; National Defense Service; a Meritorious Unit Accommodations; Medal w/one Bronze Service Star; Korean Service Medal w/one Bronze Service Star; Expert Carbine Bar w/Rifle Bar, Sharp Shooter Badge w/Machine Gun Bar and Pistol Bar; and the Republic of Korea President's Unit Citation. With 20 years of distinguished service in the Army, Edward proudly retired with an Honorable Discharge in 1972. After retirement, he furthered his education and graduated from Burlington County Community College earning an Associate Degree in Business Administration in 1975. Edward moved on to serving the public under the employ of W.R. Woody Funeral Home. Edward's work ethics allowed him to labor long in this relationship and his friendship with William R. Woody. After 30 years, he retired for a second time. In his spiritual life, Edward has been a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington, New Jersey, since 1993. He served with the Pastor's Aid Auxiliary and remained faithful to the God he loved and the church where he worshipped and fellowshipped until his health forced him to slow his pace. As long as he was physically able, he delighted in attending church and rejoiced whenever he heard the gospel preached. Edward also loved to just relax and listen to gospel music and those songs which expressed the Word of God as their music's message. A friend to the friendless, Edward was ready to go forward and help in every way he could to ease the pain of the less fortunate. On APRIL 13, 2011, Edward departed this earth and now resides in the place God has prepared for him and is enjoying the presence of Almighty God. This man who labored hard and long, who was devoted and trustworthy, who loved and was loved by family and friends, had reached his highest elevation here. Here in the home he enjoyed was a place where the soundness of his judgment, the wisdom of his counsel, the mildness of his temper, the tenderness of his heart, and the affectionate tone of his manners, appeared in all their strength; only those who really knew him and loved him can truly estimate his earthly worth. Now after running his race, he has finished his course. Having been in this world for many years the joy he experienced cannot compare to that which awaits him in heaven. Welcoming Edward home is his father, Leroy Matthews Sr., his brothers: Leroy Jr., Robert, John, and Ralph. He leaves mourning their loss, while celebrating his life, his beloved mother, Lavinia Matthews, his son Barry Matthews(Donna), his loving daughter, Lavinia Zavala(Luis), six grandchildren: Michelle, Ketisha, Felicia, Sharece, Barry Jr., and Brandon, three sisters: Thelma, Bertha, and Laura, 10 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.