James Hillard Matson 63, of Clarksville, TN, formerly of Beecher City, IL passed away at 5:00 AM Friday July 9, 2010 in Savannah, TN.

He was born Jan. 14, 1947 in Shelbyville, IL the son of Carl H. and Helen S. Brooks Matson.

He married Sharon K. Newburn in 1969.

He attended Beecher City Schools until 1965 and then enlisted in the United States Army.

He served in Viet Nam War from 1965 to 1966 and was discharged in 1968.

Jim operated an Electrical service business in Beecher City until 2007 when, due to ill health, he moved to Clarksville, TN to be near his son.

Surviving are his son John Carl Matson and wife Karol of Clarksville, TN; grandchildren: Jeffrey and Ashley; sisters Carol Matson and Linda Bryant both of Houston, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Joe Hillard Matson and brother David Matson.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday July, 17, 2010 in Beecher City Cemetery in Beecher City.Rev. Paul Bauer will officiate.Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.On line condolences may be directed to the family at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.comArrangements are entrusted to Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Beecher City.