Harry Matias, 82, entered into rest on April 17, 2012 in Manteca, California. He was born on July 9, 1929 in Oakland California to the late Mr. and Mrs. Eddie and Flora Matias. He joins his parents in heaven as well as his siblings; Gladys Sanchez, Madelyn Matias, Danny Matias and Joe Vegas.
Mr. Matias is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years Marylin Matias. He has four children; Darlene Nieves (Hector), Darren Matias (Syndie), Karen Wolfe (Bret) and Felicia Scammell (Eric). He was blessed by 15 grandchildren Harry (Melissa), Juanita (Albert), Able, Sabrina, Darren Jr. (Andrea), Michael, Angela, Emalee, Malori, Joshua, Mia, Logan, Armondo, Maria and Alyssa and five great grandchildren; Niko, Hannah, Emery, Celina and Mialani. In addition Harry has five siblings who survive him; June Severson, Dolores Smith, Lorraine McCloud, Eddie Matias and Larry Matias.
Harry proudly served his country through the United States Army for one term. He retired after 29 years as an assemblyman from General Motors. He was a member of Christian Worship Center-Manteca, where he was recognized for his outstanding service in the Usher Ministry. He was the bus driver for 20 years for Christian Worship Center, transporting children every Sunday and Wednesday to church just to hear the word of God. He was also a member of the Prayer Team at church where he was an inspiration to others. Harry loved children as they looked to him as a mentor and teacher. He was an awesome man of God as he was always kind to others and slow to anger. His grandchildren where the apple of his eye as he always made sure they knew how much they were loved by him and Jesus.
P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Matias family. A visitation will be held 9:00 a.m. at Christian Worship Center, 786 Button Ave., Manteca, CA, followed by a celebration of life at 10 a.m. He will be laid to rest at 2:00 p.m. with full military honors at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent CWC Benevolence Fund, 786 Button Ave., Manteca, CA 95336. For condolences to the family please visit their online guest book at www.plfryandson.com (search obituaries)
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, April 20, 2012