John Norman Matthews
Palmer Marler Funeral Home
John Norman Matthews passed from this life on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at his home surrounded by family at the age of 81. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Cushing. Interment will follow at Hickory Creek Cemetery in Lenapah, OK.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home.
John Norman Matthews, born May 30, 1936 to the union of Louis Matthews and Vera Jones. He was the baby of three boys and one sister, Louis Jr., Ramona and Bobby. Norman was born in the country off Highway 60 between Nowata and Craig counties. He grew up on Matthews Hill, and attended Douglass school in Lenapah. After graduating, John joined the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Chaffy, Arkansas. John served his country proudly and was honorably discharged in 1958. In 1959, John married Yvonne Bowen, to this union was born Kevin Matthews and Tarshia Matthews. Later, John married Rosalie Martin in 1973 before her passing in 2009.
John was a caring, hardworking man. He worked as a pipeline repairman for Williams Natural Gas for 27 years. Outside of work, John spent all his time with his family. He loved to grill and BBQ, especially his baby back ribs. He would top them off with his own signature BBQ sauce. John would grill out for family and friends, while they enjoyed watching his favorite teams, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Sooners. He made sure to share his secrets and techniques with his boys. John was a caring guy who would always put others need in front of his own.
John was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.
John is survived by 11 children, Eddie Martin, Carmella Martin, Latonia Lewis, Renita Vaughn, Tarshia Matthews, Kevin Matthews, Acquanita Martin, John Martin, James Martin, Alonzo Martin, and Alphonso Martin; 16 grandchildren, Chassitie Lewis Stephens, Charitie Nelson, Che’Ron Lewis, Esmond Martin, Eddie Martin, Kierra Martin, Nikita Martin, Antonio “Tony” Martin, Lasherre Fox, Rozche Martin, Herb Fox, Jireh Vaughn, Jayden Martin, Devin Martin, Braylee Martin, Shante’s Lamkin, Matthew Ross; great grandchildren, Amir Martin, Amiya Martin, Zane Lewis, Zoe Anderson, Taylor Nelson, Jarius Fox, Dilynn Lamkin, and Cameron Burrel.
John is preceded in death by his wife of 36 loving years, Rosalie “Rosa” (Hagler) Martin; both parents, Louis and Vera (Jones) Matthews; one brother, Bob Matthews.
Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.palmermarlerfh.com.