Matthews: A Dedication to Community

Last week, Navarro County was once again rattled with tragedy with the loss of Kris Matthews.
Dedication to community was never a difficult task for Retired NCSO Sergeant Kris Matthews.
He retired from the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office as Sergeant of Patrol Division last January after 23 years of service before accepting a position from the Navarro College Department of Public Safety.
Navarro College Department of Public Safety Chief Hank Bailey said, “Kris was a simple, honorable man whose loyalties were always to his friends, family and community.” Chief Bailey continued, “I’ve known Kris for his whole law enforcement career and was proud to hire him for his continued dedication to Navarro County.”
Kris Matthews also served for more than a decade as a Dawson ISD School Board Member. Superintendent Stacy Henderson stated, “He was the type of person that you don’t come across often in a lifetime. He was loved and respected by those fortunate enough to know him.” Henderson continued, “As a board member, he always wanted to do what was best for the students first and what was best for the school community in the decisions he made. Our most sincere prayers go out to his family, only time and the grace of God can heal their broken hearts, but I know his family will always be proud to have had such a great husband, father, and brother.”
Sheriff Elmer Tanner also said, “Kris was a good man, and his death was definitely a tragic loss not only to the law enforcement community but to our county as a whole.”
Matthews began his commitment to his community in the Dawson ISD football stadium, where he was an All-State football player as well as taking part in basketball, track, and baseball. While attending Dawson High School, Kris was an active member of the Dawson Volunteer Fire Department, where he continued to serve after graduation.
Retired Sgt. Matthews began his law enforcement career at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department in detention before joining NCSO, while attending the Navarro College Police Academy in 1999. While at NCSO, Kris served on the SWAT team, an active member of the Crisis Negotiating Team and was a master jailer and master police officer.
Sheriff Tanner said, “Kris was a personal friend and I know many things in this life to be fact. One thing being I know how much he loved his family. Another thing is being a long serving LEO, if one were to lose his life in the line of duty, although considered heroic and paying the ultimate sacrifice honorably, it isn’t how one would wish to leave this world. For most men who love being and working in the outdoors, involving anything required for ranching or farming, if we have to leave this world unexpectedly, we can only hope and pray it would be doing something we love and enjoying God’s creations and provisions.”
Sgt. Matthews funeral service was held on Monday at the Corsicana Cowboy Church and was attended heavily by many people whose lives he touched in every capacity imaginable.
A benefit for the Matthews family will be held on November 12 at the OCB Cornhole Venue at 3075 S McKinney Street in Rice, Texas. A live and silent auction will be held at this time as well as a raffle for a Zero Turn mower, donated by PR Equipment. The public is encouraged to attend, and all donations can be dropped off at Bristol Hospice, located at 1008 W 2nd Avenue in Corsicana.

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