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Dr. John Mattox

June 22, 1935 ~ July 17, 2019 (age 84)
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Dr. John Mattox, 84, of Flushing, OH went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. He was the beloved husband of the late Rosalind Mattox; loving father of John R (Jennifer) Mattox Jr, of Blacklick, OH and Suzanne (James) Evans of Solon, Ohio; grandfather of Hillarie and Camille Mattox and Courtney and James Evans, Jr.

He was born in Raleigh, NC on June 22, 1935, a son to the late Henry and Susie Mattox.  He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Jackie and William Smith; and close cousin, Dorothy Lee Alston-Williamson.  Surviving are many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and close family friends, Howard and Gloria Tyler.

John graduated from Huston- Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. In 2008, he received an Honorary Doctor of Public Services Degree from Ohio University. In addition, John served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959- 1965.

Dr. Mattox worked as a senior account agent for Allstate Insurance Company. He retired from selling insurance in 1994, and established the Underground Railroad Museum with his wife. For the past 25 years, he served as the curator for the museum.  He lived his life with purpose and vision educating youth, empowering others, and giving back to the community. His smile and warm personality embraced all that entered the museum.

He was a member of the Trinity Gospel Fellowship Church of Flushing. He was commander of the American Legion Post 366. He enjoyed volunteering with various community organizations and serving on the national board for A Special Wish Foundation. In addition, he served as a board member for Union Local Schools, Harrison Community Hospital, Ohio University Eastern, Sargus Juvenile Center, Belmont Correctional Institution, and numerous other organizations.

On top of his tremendous contributions to Belmont County, John enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren. 

Friends and family will be received at Friends Church, 67885 Friends Church Road, St. Clairsville, Friday 5-8 pm and Saturday 10 am until the time of service beginning at noon. Pastor Gary Smith officiating.  Interment will follow in Rock Hill Cemetery, Flushing.

Arrangements entrusted to: Patron Funeral Homes & Crematory Kelly Kemp Braido, Bethesda. On-line condolences may be sent to: patronfuneralhomesandcrematory.com.




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