MATHEWS, CHARLES D. (1912 ~ 1991). Charles Mathews was born September 16, 1912 in Trickham, Coleman County, Texas to Luke Gideon Mathews and Zora Miller Mathews. His family moved to Floydada, Texas in 1921 and was educated in Floydada public schools.
Mr. Mathews graduated from the University of Texas Law School with highest honors in 1937. He moved to Lubbock where he practiced law for three years. He was appointed Legal Examiner of Motor Transportation Division, Railroad Commission of Texas in 1941.
When World War II broke out, he volunteered for service and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 27, 1943. He served as Battery Commander, for the 538th Field Artillery Battalion, Third Army, ETO and at the end of the war volunteered for special duty with the War Crimes Division. He left the Army in June 1946 with the rank of Captain.
Attorney General Price Daniel appointed him to a position as Assistant Attorney General in 1947. He would later serve as Admnistrative, Executive and First Assistant Attorney General. In 1952, he was named a senior partner in the law firm then known as Looney, Clark, Morehead, and Mathews. From 1962 to 1969, Mr. Mathews was Vice President, President and General Counsel for the Red ball Motor Freight, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. While living in Dallas, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Texas Technological College.
In 1969, he was appointed a member of the State board of Insurance, where he served until 1971. September 1, 1971 the State of Texas created the 200th District Court of Travis County, and Mr. Mathews was appointed Judge of the new District. He retired from his position September 10, 1983.
Mr. Mathews was a member of many civic groups including the University United Methodist Church, Hickman's Men's Fellowship Class, Founders Lions Club of Austin, Judicial Section, State Bar of Texas and American Bar Associations. Mr. Mathews died on August 4, 1991.
Information provided from obituary in the Dallas Times-Herald.