My daughter, Natalie Suzanne (Pate) Mathews, 34, was shot and killed by her husband, Cecil Bradley Mathews, in their home in Orange Park, FL. on Monday, December 5, 2005. Cecil is serving a 25-year prison sentence for second-degree murder.
I have four reasons for writing this letter:
Firstly, I want Natalie’s friends to know what has happened since she was murdered. (The Pates have relatives in Crisp County and Ashburn).
Secondly, I want women and young girls who allow, justify and even defend their husbands or boyfriends who emotionally, mentally and/or physically abuse them, to pay careful attention to Natalie’s last words to me about her husband. Then give serious thought to their own situations.
Thirdly, I want the low-lifes who need to ‘prove their manhood’ by controlling and abusing ‘their’ women to remember this.
Apparently, Cecil Bradley Mathews, whose favorite TV program was CSI, thought he could outwit law enforcement officials, too. But Clay County Sheriff's investigators-- nailed him!
Because of their work, Mathews has a 25-year booking with Hotel Jackson C.I. in Florida. Unless, of course, he invokes the Interstate Compact and applies to serve his time in Oklahoma with a big Mack booking.
Natalie and Cecil were married on Nov. 30, 1996. Their daughter was born in Feb., 1997. Soon they also had a son.
Less than a month before the second baby was born, he either quit or was fired from his job, and from that point on, he was unable to keep a job.
On Nov. 9, 1998, three months after the birth of her son, Natalie went to the emergency room at Saint John's Hospital, Tulsa. She could barely breath. The next day, Natalie was diagnosed with a rare, terminal condition called fibrosing mediastinitis-- scar tissue growing inside the chest cavity.
She was, however, able to continue working, and she went into a management program with Cracker Barrel and did very well, but continued to have health problems.
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In loving memory of Sheriff Donnie Haralson
August 11, 1955 - March 4, 2014
Our community mourned Friday as our greatest mentor and friend, Sheriff Donnie Haralson, was laid to rest after a lengthy and valiantly fought battle with cancer.
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