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Irven Mathes

August 29, 1924 — August 31, 2017

Irven Mathes, 93 of Cowen passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Summersville Regional Medical Center. He was born August 29, 1924 to Harvey and Cordy Woodring Mathes. He was a retired coal miner and farmer and was a very loving and giving father and grandfather. He was an independent person and spent several years taking care of his loving wife, Helen.

Irven is survived by his wife Helen Steel Mathes; children Susan (Bill) Jarvis, Charlotte (David) Brown, and Cindy (Nathan) Barbe; grandchildren Angela (Gary) Powers, Pam (Kenneth) Martin, Ronnie Jarvis, Shalimar O’Brien, Stacey Ferrell, and Travis Miller; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Debbie O’Brien; brothers Forrest, Grover, Clifford, and Raymond Mathes; sisters Ruby (Howard) Roberts and Dovey Fields; and grandson David Dewayne Brown.

Friends may join the family for visitation on Monday, September 4, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Adams-Reed Funeral Home. Graveside Services will immediately follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Cowen.

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