Travis “Pete” Mathews

January 2, 1936 - December 9, 2021

Travis “Pete” Mathews, 85, of Beaumont, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 9, 2021. He was born January 2, 1936, in Hedley, Texas, to Inez McBride Mathews and Harry Mathews.

Pete grew up in Sulphur Springs, TX.  He moved to Beaumont in 1969 with his family to begin a new job, working for Ken Ruddy at Beaumont Motor Co.  His subsequent business ventures included RMD Auto Parts, Beaumont Auto Color, and he was the current owner of Triangle Engine Distributors and Southeast Texas Automotive Equipment.

Working was not only his job, but his passion. When he wasn’t working, he was spending time with his family and his two cats, Howie and Toby. Pete cherished his relationship with his brother and sisters. He will always be remembered as a dedicated husband to his wife of sixty-five years, a loving father, and an adoring “Paw Paw” to his grandchildren and his great-granddaughters.

Pete was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.  He was a good Christian man who loved the Lord and took great pleasure in helping others.  He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Pete is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Mathews, of Beaumont; daughter, Julie George and her husband, Gary, of Beaumont; son, Kyle Mathews and his wife, Lori, of Mauriceville; sister, Linda Johnson of Irving; grandchildren, Tyler Mathews and his wife, Betsy, of Houston; Taryn King and her husband, Chad, of Beaumont;  Brandon Mathews of Lumberton; Christopher George and his wife, Avery, of Meridian, Idaho; Korbyn Lee, of Lumberton; Kayla Lee of Lumberton; Craig Mathews of Mauriceville; great-grandchildren, Scarlett and Zoey King of Beaumont.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Inez and Harry Mathews; brother Harold Mathews; and sister, Nanette Williams.

The family would like to thank the staff at Harbor Hospice for their compassionate care.  We would also like to express our deep appreciation to his caregivers,  Aundrey Cooper, Helen Jones, Nancy Fontenot, and Debbie Ball, for their extraordinary care during his illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Southeast Texas Humane Society, 2050 Spindletop Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77705 or Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77713.

A gathering of Pete’s family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 12, 2021, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 13, 2021, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3810 North Major Drive, Beaumont, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.

Please observe social distancing guidelines. By attending any public event, you are acknowledging the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Please follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control:

Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • December 12, 2021
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Funeral Service

Wesley Methodist Church
  • 3810, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • December 13, 2021
  • 10:00 am


Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (9)

    Tim Baker says:

    Pete was always a mentor to me his sound advise and instruction was always received with thankfulness. A great man that will be missed by many. Rest with the Almighty my friend!

    Lynda Broussard says:

    Julie & family, My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you at this time of your loss.

    Sandy Chain says:

    So sorry for your loss… you are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord of comfort and peace be with you and your entire family.

    Susan Simmons says:

    Prayers and hugs from Jimmy and me. Pete was a very wise man , good friend and neighbor. He gave good counsel and advise. I loved some of his sayings. He will be missed by many. May God give you peace and hold you close. Love, Susan and Jimmy Simmons

    Dana McGinnis says:

    Mary Ann, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. May God keep Pete resting in His loving arms and also surround you with His love and safe keeping. Our neighborhood will forever remember Pete with love, Sandy Shores Subdivision Crystal Beach, TX

    Gail Foreman says:

    My sympathy to all the family and many prayers. I will always remember his great smile.
    God Bless
    Gail Foreman

    Allison Harmon says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will sure miss our visits.

    Dr. Rrobert Courville says:

    My prayers are with your family.
    I always enjoyed seeing Travis and Mary
    God bless all the family

    Robert & Phyllis Lee says:

    Prayers and sympathy for you Julie and your Mom, Gary, Taryn and Chad, Chris and Avery and your family. May your Dad rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus and perpetual light shine upon him.

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