James Edward "Bubba" was the first son that Amos and Bertha had together and the oldest son alive today.  He was born September 11, 1935.  James married Juanita Allen, a long time friend, in the early 50's and together they had eight children:  Randy, Bobby Ray, Donald Wayne, James Jr., Kevin Wynn, Vivian Denise, Dana and Keith.  James Edward is a devoted family man who takes care of his own.  He is the owner of Matthews Welding & Fabrication, a construction contracting business that has been operating successfully in the D/FW Metropolitan for more than 30 years.  Juanita is a devoted wife and mother who has been in the family so long that she is no longer considered an "in-law".

Entering the new millennium, James is our family's Patriarch.  Each July 4th, he hosts a family barbecue on the Matthews Family Farm in Hill County.  Relatives and friends from far and wide come to fellowship and break bread with us during this time.  It is a time for renewal of old acquaintances and family reunion for Amos and Bertha's children.

James and Juanita's children are shown below and listed at the left.

James Edward and all the kids