Harry Lee Matthews

Harry Lee Matthews, 74, of Jenks Street, Brookville, Pa., passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville, Pa.

Born on September 1, 1939, in Brookville, Pa., he was the son of Carl Leroy Matthews and Clara M. McGarey Matthews.

On June 8, 1958, he married Shirley Tomski Matthews in Brookville, Pa., who survives.

He was in the US Army Reserves for 7 years.

He retired after 40 years of service as a welder and later a truck driver for George I. Reitz and Sons in Brookville, Pa.

He enjoyed gardening, farming, nature, taking walks in the woods and taking time at night looking up at the stars. He embraced and loved his Cherokee Indian heritage. He enjoyed NASCAR racing and Steelers football and “tailgating” on Friday nights with his friends at Brookville Area High School football games. Harry also enjoyed playing cards and dominos with friends and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Susan Gardner (John) of Mullica Hill, NJ, and Barbara Phillips of Clarion, PA, and a son, Larry Matthews (Vanessa) of San Diego, CA.

He is also survived by a sister, Sr. Janet Newcome of Corpus Christie, TX, and two brothers, Donald Matthews of Wellsboro, PA, and Edward Matthews of Pryor, OK, and eight grandchildren, Sean, Julia, Michelle, Ethan, Alyssa, Ryan, Brandon, and Blake.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation hours are on Sunday, October 6, 2013, from 5 PM to 7 PM and Monday, October 7, 2013 from 1 PM to 3 PM at McKinney Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Brookville, PA 15825.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 7, 2013, at 3:00 PM at McKinney Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Joseph Hickernell officiating.

Memorials may be made to American Red Cross (attn. local Blood Drives) – 18 Western Ave. Suite B. Brookville, Pa. 15825.

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