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.
A fun week in the Blue Ridge
Helen, Georgia and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains has been sort of a second home to B. J. and me for many years.
Surrendering Frees Energy to Move On
Many of the wisdom traditions speak about the power of surrender. Surrender is not an easy word for those of us in Western civilization, for it implies 'giving up', or losing. It may even be associated with a sense of shame. The opposite of surrender might be 'fighting to the death'.
Life, Liberty, and….. Quizzes?
Before I can talk about quizzes, I have to talk about Facebook. I opened a Facebook account after so many people told me they were always seeing my daughters on Facebook.
Life, liberty, and ... phobias?
The Global Warming/climate change/climate disruption/I hate the weather fear-mongers need to adopt a better sales pitch if they’re ever going to get me on board their program.
Confederate Values and Principles Remain Important
April is officially recognized as Confederate History and Heritage month in Georgia by Senate bill 27 passed by the Georgia Legislature in 2009 and citizens are encouraged to increase their knowledge and understanding of Georgia’s role in the CSA and the War for Southern Independence of 1861-1865 (Civil War).
My favorite lawman
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.
Letter to the Editor
I enjoy reminders of what I have: Freedom to be whomever I choose and to choose who leads me in government, abundance of good food, housing, transportation, and education opportunity, and above all others the freedom to worship as I believe and God’s grace in my Savior from sin.
God loves the hurt away
There are many things in life that we simply don’t understand.
Letter to the Editor
Cordele is probably not unique in that the story of our community has been told in the pages of a locally printed newspaper through the years.
While it seems that our rapidly changing technologies threaten the future of small towns, maybe even metropolitan areas, newspapers will be difficult for at least one more generation to find a substitute for local reporting.
One of God’s little lessons
NOTE: This was a little pre-New Year story that I shared with friends on facebook about a personal experience on New Year’s Eve. By request of several of those friends I decided to share it here for our readers who may not be on social media to enjoy.
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