JOE F.L. MATTOCKS

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Mr. Joe F. L. Mattocks, 81, passed away peacefully in his sleep early in the morning on December 5th. A Port Orange resident, Mr. Mattocks was born in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and moved to central Florida in his early youth. After graduating as valedictorian from Winter Park High School, Mr. Mattocks received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida. Mr. Mattocks began his service in the U.S. Army in 1954. After completion of his medical training at Fort Sam Houston, Lieutenant Mattocks was assigned to service in Germany. Shortly after reaching his post, he became commander of Company C., 48th AMB. Following his military service, Mr. Mattocks traveled extensively throughout Europe, and returned to the University of Florida to complete his Master's Degree. Mr. Mattocks retired to Port Orange after a career of over 30 years with the State of Florida. He was employed the majority of those years with the Office of Disability Determinations and rose through the ranks to become deputy director on retiring. During his retirement, Mr. Mattocks volunteered for 12 years at Halifax Hospital in same day Surgery. He was always grateful for the assistance he had the opportunity to provide, and for the privilege to have met and worked with so many accomplished and inspiring professionals and volunteers. He was known to keep a secret supply of toys on hand to comfort children facing surgery, which always seemed to work. Mr. Mattocks is survived by his beloved daughter, Emily; his cousins Lillian Selph, Kenneth Dickson, and John Casselberry; as well as devoted friends Susan Miller and Casimir DeWolski. He will be remembered by his daughter for teaching her what it means to see. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer time or donations in Mr. Mattocks' name be given to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia /Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL, 32129 or to Halifax Hospital. A brief prayer service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Port Orange, 4110 South Ridgewood Avenue, followed by a gathering of friends and family from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. today (Sunday, December 9th). All are welcome.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9, 2012
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