Dr. Vince Matthews Jr.

January 14, 1937December 19, 2013
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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.


  • Visitation Monday, December 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 23, 2013
  • Graveside Service Monday, December 23, 2013

Dr. Vince Matthews Jr.

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Oma Jean Stevenson

January 16, 2016

It's me again, thinking of you. You had another birthday on the fourteenth and I missed getting to call you. There is so much we could talk about. Love you. Sister

Connie Crain

September 21, 2015

Oma Jean,

I just ran across this today and I felt a great loss. I worked for your brother for many years and he called me often to check on me and the family. He called after I lost my in-laws and my Dad. So sorry for your loss, please extend this to the other family members as well. I worked for him from 1975 to 1982. I said a prayer today for you.

Chuck Maienza

November 29, 2014

I was a classmate of Dr. Matthew's son, Allan, at Rice University, and I always thought Allan was so lucky to have such a cool dad. I remember how much he seemed to genuinely enjoy entertaining us college kids, either in his home or out at that local beer garden whose name I have long forgotten. I was a thousand miles from home and had no money while at Rice, and when he discovered my wisdom teeth were impacted, he extracted them free of charge. He spread the procedure over two visits, so I would be able to chew on one side of my mouth while the other side healed. Since it was pro bono, he easily could have justified doing the whole job all at once, but he treated me with the compassion and respect he would extend to his best clients, and that generosity left an indelible impression on me. To this day, whenever I hear any mention of oral surgery, I am immediately taken back 30 years to that image of Dr. Matthews with his knee in my chest and prying those molars out of my head. Thanks for your kindness, Dr. Matthews. May you rest in peace.

Oma Jean Stevenson

July 16, 2014

Just thinking of you!

Cherry During

March 8, 2014

Dr. Matthews will never be forgotten. Serving him as his last dental assistant, I can honestly say he that he was a great teacher. He was more like family to me. I wished I could tell you that Andrew and I finally got married and now have a baby boy! The news brings tears to my eyes. I am forever grateful for having to work with Dr Matthews. My husband and I will never forget you Doc. As I remember playing a game of throwing a soft football down the hall way in your office during lunch break while Shay yells "Dr Matthews your going to hurt your back!" How everyone of your patients were more like family. There's so much I want to say.
We will greatly miss you Doctor Matthews and we love you like part of our family. Thank you so much for all you have taught me.

Richard Erwin

January 25, 2014

Vince was my cousin and I will miss him dearly, we have been out of touch for years but his sister Oma contacted me a few years back and we reunited with her in Houston in Oct and had a great visit. Unfortunately Vince was too ill for me to see him but I did visit Oma and her family and will remember them for the rest of my life. R.I.P. cousin Vince.

Buddy Wellborn

January 23, 2014

Since 1949 at Jackson Junor High School, and playing together on Houston'e first Little League All Stars, Vince and I have been life-long friends-- with him being the best man at Gladys and I wedding. All the good times we had as we lived life to the fullest-- and, we enjoyed every minute of it. And until we meet again may God hold him in the hollow of His hand. Buddy Wellborn.

Cindy Bartlett

January 22, 2014

Vince will be terribly missed by all who knew him. His caring and compassionate nature, along with his funny stories and charming smile will always be remembered by those who had the pleasure of knowing him. My heart goes out to the members of his family and his many friends who most certainly feel his absence in their lives. May God comfort you all and give you strength during this difficult time.

Mary Ann Bertram ( Hygienist)

January 15, 2014

Gosh, what a shock. Dru Hamilton and I were Dental Assistants at the Gulf Bank office starting in 1971. What fun we had with Jim Brothers, and Vince. You will really be missed and all your funny Jokes. Who will bet on the UT/K-State games with me?

December 31, 2013

Vince was my dentist and a long great friend. I will miss him. George (Brudy) Sykes