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Conway “Arkie” Matlock

Arkie Matlock

Conway “Arkie” Lavaughn Matlock, age 92, of Crockett, Texas passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Community Care Nursing Center. He was born April 27, 1927 in Sharp County, Arkansas to parents, Winford Sterling Matlock and Minnie E. Lassiter Matlock. Conway was a graduate of Cave City High School where he played basketball as a center, a member of the FFA & 4H Clubs, also a librarian for 2 years and was voted the “Most Popular Boy” in the 12th grade. After finishing 2 years of high school he answered the call of his nation and served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. After an honorable discharge at the end of the war he went back home, completed high school and graduated. After graduation he went to n work for Phillips Petroleum Company in Borger, Texas for 3 years and transferred to the Phillips Adam Terminal site in Houston, Texas. He was a mechanic maintaining and rebuilding large gas engines and compressors in an ammonia unit at the Phillips site for the next 35 years, living in the Pasadena and South Houston area for nearly 70 years. Conway was a 64-year member of the Grand Lodge of Texas Scottish Rite Mason and Shriners obtaining his 32nd degree. He loved all sports, kept abreast of the news, enjoyed watching tv and taking his nap after lunch. Conway had a heart as big as Texas, with a good sense of humor; he loved two kinds of pies, “a hot one and a cold one”. He was considered a stepfather to his fiancée’s children. They were a big part of his life. He will be dearly missed by everyone but never forgotten with so many good memories. He enjoyed going to the Baptist Church with his mother when he was younger which led him to the Lord later in his life. Conway is survived by his sister, Winnell Calhoun of Batesville, Arkansas; nephews, Bobby Matlock of Pasadena, Jimmy Bray and wife, Ladene of Batesville, Arkansas; numerous other relatives and friends in Arkansas, Louise Young’s children, Janie Tatum and husband, Byron of Crockett, Terri “Sue” Edwards and husband, Roger of Crockett, Tom Young of LaPorte, Texas and Steve Young of Willis, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Winford Sterling Matlock, Minnie E. Lassiter Matlock; brother, Billy C. Matlock; nephew Billy Evan Matlock; Conway’s fiancée Louise Young, the love of his life for 44 years.

A private family funeral service for Conway “Arkie” Lavaughn Matlock will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel, Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment will be at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Central Baptist Church, 102 North 7th Street, Crockett, Tx 75835 or Shriners Hospitals for Children at, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

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  1. It is very difficult to say a final good-bye to “my good friend”; we each called the other “my good friend”. Little did I realize during the several years that I helped care for Arkie how close I would become to him. We had a weekly routine whereby I drove up to his place with my mower; he had to check and make sure my blade was good and sharp and if not off it came and he sharpened it for me. I ended up getting extra blades and rotating them out and Arkie kept them good and sharp. He would come out with his oil can and oil up my wheels before I started. After the first few passes of mowing in the front he came out and inspected the cut and would smile and give me a thumbs up. I wouldn’t trade that for anything. After mowing we headed to Casa Ole where he always got his favorite – 3 crispy tacos and a bowl of bean soup. It warmed my heart watching him enjoy that lunch. Every few weeks we made a run to the barber shop and had fun visiting with the folks there. After all this we would rest inside a little while, watching Fox News and talking about things. With Arkie’s gentle nature, sense of humor and friendliness he was well liked by everyone that he came in contact with. I will surely miss visiting with my good friend and I can say my life was enriched by Arkie.

  2. Dear Byron and Janie: What a lovely tribute to what
    sounds like an amazing man. So many accomplishments
    in his 92 years! You and Janie took such loving
    care of him. I know he will be dearly missed by you
    and the rest of his family and all his many friends.
    My prayers are with you,
    Carole Busick

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