Two Lambda Sigma Chapter Achievers Join the Omega Chapter
Two of Lambda Sigma Chapter’s brothers of achievement and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity earliest Life members passed within a week of each other. Bro Herman J. Russell age 83 passed on November 15, 2014. He was Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Life member 28. Bro Wesley M. Mathews age 97 passed on November 20, 2014. Bro Mathews was Life member number 24. Bro Herman Russell came into the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity at Lambda Sigma chapter. Bro Roswell Sutton was the brother responsible for recruiting Bro Russell into the Fraternity. Mrs. Deborah Wolfe, one of the original members of the Atlanta Sigma Shadows, remembers keeping Bro Russell company in her kitchen while she cooked food for his initiation and brothers setup for the event in the basement of her and Bro Wolfe’s home. A friend of Bro Russell since high school at Howard High, Vernon Jordan eulogized him as a man of quiet dignity and uncompromising values. A man is with a keen since of value and an uncanny ability to get things done. He talked of Bro Russell’s efforts to get approval from the Atlanta City Council to set up a shoe shine stand on City Hall property at age 12. They laughed at him and denied his request. Bro Russell set it up anyway. By age 16 he was able to pay cash for a city owned lot and by age 18 had built a duplex on that lot. The rent money from that duplex helped pay for his education at Tuskegee Institute. By his senior year, 1952, Bro Russell had set up a construction company that would become the world known, H J Russell Construction Company.
Bro Wesley M Mathews, Jr also came into Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity at Lambda Sigma chapter. Bro Mathews was a native of
West Point, MS where he was funeralized and buried. He came to Atlanta in the 1930’s to attend Morehouse College. After
graduating from Morehouse College in 1940, he went to Howard University and earned a Law Degree in 1949. In 1953, he
earned a Masters in Law from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1952. In 1953, he came back to
Atlanta to practice law. In 1962, he created the Mathew School of Law. In 1974, Bro Mathews was appointed to the bench by
Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell. He served 28 years in the Atlanta Municipal Courts. A very proud and loving man, Judge Mathews
was remembered as a person of achievement that never forgot his roots. His family members remembered how he would send
money home to support his family church and a local community club. It was always his desire to be buried in West Point, MS
and to funeralized in the church where he attended as a young man and his family worshipped. We would like to thank the brothers, who came out for the Omega ceremonies for both brothers and the brothers, who served as honorary pallbearers for Bro Russell. Bro Robert Eason gave reflections from the Fraternity at the funeral for Bro Mathews.