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L.L. "Ace" Mathews, Jr. and Anne Allison Smith

A pair of well-known Jasper business owners have died. L.L. “Ace” Mathews, Jr. died Wednesday evening, and Anne Allison Smith died Thursday morning. Both were 65 years of age, and both had been battling cancer.

A native of San Augustine, Ace lived here and owned businesses for many years, including co-ownership of Mathews Construction Company & Jasper Asphalt, and he retired just a few months ago from Gulf Coast Mathews Branch.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Alison Mathews, and two sons.

Mathews was also an elected member of the Jasper Hospital District Board of Directors. That entity has scheduled a special called meeting for Monday at 1:00 p.m. to select someone to serve out Mathews’ unexpired term.

Anne Allison Smith was born in Jasper and returned here several years ago to open La Paz Bed & Breakfast on the banks of the Angelina River. She and her husband hosted events ranging from elaborate weddings to anglers just staying the night for a fishing tournament.

Anne is survived by her husband of 41 years, Paul Smith, along with one son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Funeral services for Ace Matthews will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Jasper.

A Celebration of Life Service for Anne Allison Smith will be held Saturday, November 21st at 2:00 p.m. at The Connection Center on Farm to Market Road 2799.

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