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J.L. Matthews

November 18, 1939 - January 26, 2021

J. L. Matthews, Oktaha resident, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 at his home in Oktaha at the age of 81. He was born on Saturday, Nov. 18, 1939 to Jay and Lucy Grose Matthews in Checotah, Oklahoma.

J. L. attended Victor School and graduated from Checotah High School in 1958. On Sept. 5, 1959, he married the love of his life, Sharon Doyle in Eufaula, Oklahoma.

He went on to further his education, receiving his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in 1962. J. L. went to work for the Army Corps of L. went to work for the Army Corps of Engineers, retiring after 33 years. He loved to ranch and take care of his

He loved to ranch and take care of his cattle. J. L. was a member of the Church of

J. L. was a member of the Church of Christ. He loved spending time going to all

He loved spending time going to all his grandkids, nieces, and nephew’s ballgames.

He will be greatly missed by his family and all who loved and knew him. J. L. was preceded in death by his par

J. L. was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Lucy Matthews, and his brother, John Matthews.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Sharon Matthews of the home in Oktaha; his daughters Kari Matthews Vaughn and her husband Mike of Tulsa, Lori Matthews and her husband Mark Greer of Checotah, and Luci Matthews Jamison and her husband Bob of Houston, Texas; his son, Mike Matthews and his wife Annette of Berthoud, Colo.; eight grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.

J. L. is also survived by his brothers, Roy Matthews, and his wife Donna of Oktaha, and Jack Matthews of Checotah, his sister-in-law, Pauline Matthews of Tulsa as well as piles of nieces, nephews and a lot of friends.

You may share online condolences with J. L.’s family at www.garrettfamilyfuneralhome.com.

The family of J. L. Matthews entrusted his care, services and cremation to John & Kim Garrett and the dedicated staff of Garrett Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service 311 SW 2nd Checotah, Okla. 74426 (918) 473-2244.

McIntosh County Democrat

300-A S. Broadway
Checotah, OK 74426
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