Johnnie Matthews (1936 - 2014)

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Johnnie M. Matthews

MANSFIELD: Johnnie Mae Matthews, 78, of 409 Saint Clair St. passed this life Thursday, June 5, 2014 in the Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital after an extended illness.

Mrs. Matthews was born on Thursday, February 27, 1936 in Clarksdale, Mississippi and had lived in Mansfield the past 62 years. Johnnie was a homemaker, devoted to her family. She was a member of the Providence Baptist Church where she served on the Mother's Board, and the May Chapter #62 Order of the Eastern Star until her health began to fail. She enjoyed fishing and going on scenic drives.

Johnnie is survived by her husband of 58 years, Harrison; three daughters: Evlyn "Vonnie" Alexander, Shirlene Lindsay, and Cathy (Michael) Williams, Mansfield; five sons: William Matthews, Mansfield, Harrison Matthews, Jr., Lima, Larry Nixon of New York, NY, Donald (Annette) Matthews, San Diego, California, and Ron (Kim) Matthews, Pensacola, Florida; 45 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 12 great great grandchildren; four sisters: Martha (Larry) Cameron, Patricia (Garlan) McCruter, Mansfield, Margaret Jo Harris, Marion, and Alma Clark, Columbus; four brothers: Ralph Nixon, Mansfield, James Nixon, Columbus, Chase Nixon, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Leon Nixon.

Johnnie was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny Watkins and Sarah Bradley Nixon, and brother, Mose Nixon, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, at 11 a.m. in the Providence Baptist Church with her pastor, Rev. Dr. Thomas Hunt officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10 - 11 a.m. Interment will be in Mansfield Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will also receive friends at their home from 4-6 p.m. daily till the day of service.

Online condolences may be left at


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Williams Funeral Services - Mansfield
753 McPherson Street  Mansfield, OH 44903
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Published in the News Journal on June 8, 2014