Matthews, Willie Orville Born:St.Paul, Neb. Father: William H. Matthews Mother: Rosa Stecter Source: Adams Funeral Home
ObituaryThe Crosbyton community lost one of her best known residents when Willie O. Matthews was claimed by death about 6 p.m. last Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital. Mr. Matthews, 82, had been a resident of the Big Four community since 1916.
He had been hospitalized 2 1/2 months.
Memorial services for Mr. Matthews were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Johnnie Williams, pastor, officiated and was assisted by Loyd Hall, minister of the Church of Christ.
Burial was made in Crosbyton Cemetery, under direction of Adams Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers were J.W. Criswell, Brownie Smith, Don Handley, John Will Stewart, Tillman Reeves, and Ancil Steele.
Born Oct. 15, 1897 in St. Paul, Neb., Willie O. Matthews came to Big Four Community on Jan. 11, 1916 from St. Paul, Neb. He and the former Lula Anna Edler were married June 12, 1919 in Crosbyton.
The couple resided all their married life in one of the original houses for which Big Four community was named.
He was a longtime leader in that community, serving for many years on the Big Four School board of education. He worked on the Christmas Club in that community. Mrs. Matthews has been The Review´s Big Four correspondent for a number of years.
Mr. Matthews, a retired farmer, was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include the wife, Lula Matthews; one daughter, Mrs. Henry (Kathleen) Higginbotham of Crosbyton; two grandchildren, William (Bill) Higginbotham of Amarillo and Miss Jeanie Higginbotham of San Angelo; and one great-grandson, Scott William Higginbotham of Amarillo.
Crosbyton Review, January 24, 1980Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum