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Trent R. Matthews, 69, of St. James, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Mercy Hospital Springfield.

He is survived by his wife Laura of the home; three children, Jared Matthews and his wife Heather of Houston, Texas; Rachel Bell and her husband Tom of Springfield, and Merribeth Napuunoa and her husband John of Carlisle, Iowa; 15 grandchildren, Caleb, Christopher, Cara, Lydia, Liberty, Britton, Bethany, Matthew, Breanne, Gideon, Lilah, Bekhum, Declan, Avonlea and Edith; one brother, Gareth Matthews and his wife Carmen of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; one sister, Anita Morris and her husband George of Rossville, Ga.; one sister-in-law, Sharon Matthews of Alachua, Fla.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Trent R. Matthews will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in the Marantha Baptist Church of St. Robert. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Estates Cemetery of Waynesville, under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville/St. Robert. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Trent Matthews and left at the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent at


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