Tommy Matthews, 79, of Maumelle, formerly of Monticello, died January 10, 2015, at Little Rock.
Mr. Matthews was a graduate of Monticello High School, the University of Arkansas at Monticello (A & M College), and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He worked for the Monticello School District for 33 years, retiring in 1993. He was a teacher and was principal of W.C. Whaley Elementary School for 23 years.
He was an avid sports participant and fan. He won numerous local and state tennis tournaments as a young man. He kept the clock at UAM basketball games for 52 years. He also kept the clock at UAM football games, Drew Central basketball games, and he also took up tickets at Monticello High School football and basketball games for a number of years. In 2007 he was awarded the UAM Spirit Award for his dedication to UAM athletics.
Mr. Matthews was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church Maumelle. He grew up in the First Presbyterian Church in Monticello where his parents and grandparents before him had also been members. He joined First Baptist Church Monticello in 1970 shortly after his son, Bynum, was born, and he was a member there until his move to Maumelle in 2004.
He was born December 7, 1935, in Texarkana, Texas and was the son of the late Joseph Simpson and Tommie Oudia Nichols Matthews.
Mr. Matthews is survived by his wife, Patricia Bynum Matthews; his son Tommy Bynum Matthews, (Traci) of Maumelle; his daughter, Ann Nichols Jones (Dexter) of St. Marys, Georgia; four grandchildren, Chellbe DeLaine and Cidnee Kiril Jones, and Everett Bynum and Margaret Katharine Matthews; and one brother, Joe Matthews of Pine Bluff.
Family visitation will be January 12 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. There will also be a family reception at the First Baptist Church of Maumelle Monday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. preceding the visitation in Monticello.
The funeral service will be held January 13 at 2 p.m. at Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery on North Hyatt Street in Monticello.
Memorials may be made to the Tommy Matthews Athletic Scholarship at UAM Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 3520, Monticello, AR 71656.