We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Smith Funeral Chapel
Howard Hughes Matthews was a blessing to all who knew him. He loved Jesus and cared about everyone he met. He was madly in love with his “beautiful bride”, Judi Matthews, who he married on December 14th, 1967. They began their journey in Germany and California while Howard was in the US Army and celebrated a beautiful life together for over 54 years. He was extremely proud of his daughters and their husbands, bragging to anyone who would listen about Susanne and Jeff Jackson and Christie and Jarry Merritt. Howard would say “there is nothing like my grandbabies” and “I love you the mostest” to Jared Merritt and his wife Kristina, Caitlin Merritt, Callie Jackson and his great grandbaby Micah Merritt. Howard held a special place in everyone’s heart, always cracking silly jokes and constantly smiling.
Howard was a hardworking operator and mechanic through the Local 181 Operators Union with Jim Smith Construction for 35 years. He was a deacon at Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He ministered to everyone that he met and knew. He loved woodworking, making canes and plaques for friends and family. He loved his neighbor as himself by spending time with others over coffee, having a meal or meeting a need.
Howard was one of 10 children, born to Maxine and Laymon Matthews in Dycusburg, Kentucky on October 12, 1947. He loved his large family, especially his siblings Frances Holloman, Charles Matthews, David Matthews, Patricia Szarka, Jerry Matthews, Jeff Matthews, Cindy Smith, Shelia, Matthews and Timmy Matthews. He had many wonderful sister and brother in laws, nieces and nephews.
Howard had a beautiful voice and wasy always singing gospel music. He reminded people how good God was to him and all that God had done in his life.What Howard would want you to know is that “God loves you and I do too.” He would also say “I’m alright” and I was “made whole.” Howard’s forever started with Jesus on January 8, 2022. As Daddy would say, “It’s shouting time in Heaven!”
Howard Matthews’ life will be celebrated on January 15, 2022, at Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Tiline, KY. Visitation will be held from 10 AM – 1 PM, with a service starting at 1 PM. Expressions of sympathy may be given in the form of donations to Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church PO BOX 278 Smithland, Kentucky 42081.