“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but to all them that love His appearance.”

2 Timothy 4:7-8

On August 31, 2011, our beloved Van Bernard Mathews, suddenly left this life on earth in route to a better place that had been prepared for Him by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His life’s journey began on October 12, 1962, as he was born to the union of his mother, Elizabeth Alexander Mathews, and father, Peterson Mathews Sr. Van was trained from an early age to love the Father of life, as he accepted Christ, was baptized and committed himself to a life of obedience and sacrifice unto God. He was educated in the St. Mary Parish School System where he graduated from Franklin Senior High School in 1980. He then attended LSU where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. Van later attended Tulane University of New Orleans where he obtained a Jurios Doctorate Degree. Through a personality magnet, Van always loved making new friends and was a joy to everyone that experienced his peaceful presence and contagious smile.

Van was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Peterson, one sister-in-law, who was as dear as his biological sisters, Janet D. Mathews and one dear nephew, Peterson Mathews Edwards.

He leaves to cherish precious memories, two sons, Ronald L. Mathews and Jacques P. Mathews of Shreveport; four brothers, Peterson Mathews Jr. and Keith (Sarina) Lewis of Jeanerette, O’neal (Ruby) Mathews of Houston, Texas and Leroy (Doris) August of Clearlake, Texas; four sisters, Delores Betty (Wilfred Sr.), Sherry Mathews-Hines (Bradley) and Rose (Richard) Archangel, all of Jeanerette, and Laurie (Arther) Harden of Nolenville, Texas; four special godchildren, Howard Williams, Kasey Whitehead, Brandon Wilson and Kennedy Joseph; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives, friends, colleagues and associates that will all miss him dearly, yet realize that God’s infinite wisdom supersedes man’s natural affections and earthly relationships.

Homegoing service for Van Bernard Mathews, Esq.: Visitation Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on MLK in Baldwin. Funeral service/mass, at 10 a.m., (immediately following final viewing). Interment immediately following funeral service in Beau Pre Cemetery, Old Jeanerette Road in Jeanerette. A repast immediately following interment at St. Peter Methodist Church, St. Peter Street in Jeanerette.

Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please visit to send condolences to the family.

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