Sep 062013

With his wife of 77 years at his side, Winston Carlyle Matthews, 95, died peacefully on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 1, 2013, at his home in Lakeside following a lengthy illness. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (Sept. 6) at Owens Livingston Mortuary-White Mountain Chapel, 320 N. Ninth St. in Show Low. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the mortuary, with Pastor Clay Stidham officiating. The interment and committal service will immediately follow at the Lakeside Cemetery.
Winston was born on Nov. 15, 1917, in Byars, Okla., to the late Gregg and Myrtle (Fletcher) Matthews.
At the age of 18, Winston married his wife, the former Lenora Loftin, on Jan. 5, 1936, in Magic Springs, Ark., when she was 14 years old. Throughout their long and happy marriage, Winston provided comfortably for his family and taught his children, by example, the value of hard work.
The couple moved to Arizona in November 1936 and made their home in Winslow for five years, working in a bakery. In 1941, they moved to Nevada, where Winston began work for Blue Diamond Gypsum. He worked with them until 1945. In the 1950s, Winston and his family lived in Phoenix’s Valley of The Sun. He worked for several years as a cotton farmer in Mesa and was actually the first farmer ever to make two bales of cotton per acre. In 1954, Winston began a long and successful career with National Gypsum and, after 28 years of dedicated and faithful service, he retired as one of its supervisors in 1982.
It was during this time of his life that Winston became a self-taught pilot. After obtaining his pilot’s license, he bought his own plane and flew regularly from Falcon Field in east Mesa to Winkleman, where National Gypsum had a quarry. Winston loved flying and flew countless hours with his family and friends.
Never one to be idle, Winston and Lorena moved back to his native roots in Oklahoma in his late 70s, several years after his retirement, to be cattle ranchers. Wherever Winston worked, he gave it his all. Many will remember him for his honesty, integrity and incredible work ethic.
He lived in the White Mountains for many years, making his home in Lakeside. He always found an enjoyable way to pass his time. Winston was known to be an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing at any one of his favorite fishing holes and hunting in the forests of the area. He, too, loved to watch the leaves change colors during the different seasons with his wife, as he always appreciated the beauty of the world in which he lived.
This gentle giant of a man will be forever remembered as a family man who would do anything to help a friend in need. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife, Lenora Matthews of Lakeside; five children, Alice Howard of Lakeside, Tina (Forest) Akins of Chandler, Winston (Dawn) Matthews of Cholla Bay, Mexico, Ronnie (Louise) Matthews of Chandler and Robert Matthews of Stockton, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, Dennis Matthews of Kingman, Sheilah Folsom of Lewiston, Idaho, Candy Howard of Lakeside, Victor (Kathy) Matthews of Waverly, Iowa, Jonathon (Simone) Matthews of Apache Junction, Jaime (Ethan) Warren of Salem, Ohio, Andrew (Kelly) Tyler of Mesa, Joshua (Lisa) Matthews of Portsmouth, Va., Layne (Pam) Matthews of Florida, Kurt (Meghan) Matthews of Gilbert and Gary Tyler of Las Vegas, Nev.; 45 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Marvin (Sylvia) Matthews of Pierce, Idaho; and one sister, Johnnie Belle Peacock of Avondale.
Along with his parents, Winston was preceded in death by two sons, Donald Eugene Matthews and Winston Gene Matthews; three brothers, Clinton Matthews, Cleborne Matthews and Bobby Guy Matthews; and one sister, Anna Lou Levengood.Winston Matthews