03/06/17  Matthews Obit


91 year old Stephen Arch Matthews of Pine Bluff died Wednesday after losing consciousness at the Defense table in a courtroom in Pine Bluff. He served in the U.S. Navy and was commissioned an ensign in 1945.

Matthews was in general civil practice with the firm of Bridges, Young, Matthews and Drake in Pine Bluff from 1951 throughout his legal career. He received the Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Arkansas Bar Association in 1967-68, was chairman of the Arkansas Bar Association in 1971-72 and was named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association. He was a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and President of the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel in 1984-85.

Matthews served on the Pine Bluff School Board from 1972-81.

Family will receive friends this morning from 10-11am. A memorial service will be held at 11 at First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Jeff Price and Dr. Ed Matthews officiating. Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors of Pine Bluff in charge of arrangements.