Willie Orville Matthews and Lula Anna Edler Matthews
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Willie Orville MATTHEWS
Born:St.Paul, Neb.
Father: William H. MATTHEWS
Mother: Rosa STECTER
Married: 12 June 1919 Crosby Co., TX
Lula Anna EDLER
Born: Picture Rocks, Penn.    
Father: Harvey EDLER
Mother: Emma WILSON
Source: Adams Funeral Home
Transcribed by Bettye Odom



The Crosbyton community lost one of her best known residents when Willie O. Matthews was claimed by death about 6 p.m. last Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital. Mr. Matthews, 82, had been a resident of the Big Four community since 1916.

He had been hospitalized 2 1/2 months.

Memorial services for Mr. Matthews were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Johnnie Williams, pastor, officiated and was assisted by Loyd Hall, minister of the Church of Christ.

Burial was made in Crosbyton Cemetery, under direction of Adams Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers were J.W. Criswell, Brownie Smith, Don Handley, John Will Stewart, Tillman Reeves, and Ancil Steele.

Born Oct. 15, 1897 in St. Paul, Neb., Willie O. Matthews came to Big Four Community on Jan. 11, 1916 from St. Paul, Neb. He and the former Lula Anna Edler were married June 12, 1919 in Crosbyton.

The couple resided all their married life in one of the original houses for which Big Four community was named.

He was a longtime leader in that community, serving for many years on the Big Four School board of education. He worked on the Christmas Club in that community. Mrs. Matthews has been The Review´s Big Four correspondent for a number of years.

Mr. Matthews, a retired farmer, was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include the wife, Lula Matthews; one daughter, Mrs. Henry (Kathleen) Higginbotham of Crosbyton; two grandchildren, William (Bill) Higginbotham of Amarillo and Miss Jeanie Higginbotham of San Angelo; and one great-grandson, Scott William Higginbotham of Amarillo.

Crosbyton Review, January 24, 1980
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

CROSBYTON (Special) - Services for Lula Anna Matthews, 92, of Crosbyton were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 1990 in the Crosbyton First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Johnnie Williams, retired Methodist minister from Lubbock, and Wendell Horn, pastor, officiating.

Burial was in Crosbyton Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.

Mrs. Matthews died at 1:03 a.m. Sunday in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital following a lengthy illness.

She was born October 6, 1897 in Picture Rocks, PA and married Willie O. Matthews on June 12, 1919 in Crosbyton. He preceded her in death Jan. 16, 1980. She moved from Picture Rocks, Penn. to Mt. Hope, Kansas then to Crosbyton, Nov. 21, 1913. She was a member of the Crosbyton First United Methodist Church. She was an active member of the Big Four Club, a charter member of the Big Four Home Demonstration Club and a former reporter for the Crosbyton Review on the Big Four activities.

Survivors include 1 daughter, Mrs. Henry (Kathleen) Higginbotham of Crosbyton; 2 sisters, Bertha Mullins of San Antonio and Kathryn Shipman of Lubbock; two grandchildren, William Henry "Bill" Higginbotham of Amarillo and Jeanie La Rue Higginbotham of San Antonio; 2 great-grandsons, Scott Higginbotham of Amarillo and Lance Higginbotham of Amarillo.

Pallbearers were Bill Odom, Brownie Smith, Don Handley, W. W. Brints, Ancil Steele, Tillman Reeves.

Crosby County News & Crosbyton Review, March 5, 1990
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

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