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Howard Robert Matthews

June 8, 1924 February 20, 2015
Howard Robert Matthews
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Howard Robert Matthews, 90, of Morgantown, WV, and formerly of Grampian, PA, passed away Friday evening February 20, 2015 at the West Virginia University Hospital/Ruby Memorial in Morgantown, WV.
Born June 8, 1924 in Grampian, he was the son of John and Myrtle (Passmore) Matthews.  Mr. Matthews worked in the coal industry all of his life and most recently retired as the owner/operator of Big M Coal Co. in Kingwood, WV.  He was a member of the Hepburnia United Methodist Church in Grampian.
He wed the former Dollie L. Ellinger on July 6, 1946 who survives along with three daughters: Yvonne Lansberry and husband William of West Decatur, PA, Janelle Savage and husband James of Clarksburg, WV, and Paulette Neese and husband Michael of Morgantown, WV.
Also surviving are 4 grandchildren: Brian Savage and wife Grace, Darcie Scott and husband Jamie, Andrienne McCracken and husband Brent, and Sarah Downey and husband Paul; 6 great grandchildren Devon Cunningham, Emily Savage, Kaylee Scott, Keegan McCracken, Lauren Downey, and Ayslynn McCracken; and a sister Mae Maderia and husband Gust of Grampian, PA as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary Block and Ruth Jones, and brothers John, James, and Amos Matthews.
Funeral Services for Mr. Matthews will be conducted at the Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc. 300 State St. Curwensville, PA 16833 on Wednesday February 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM, with the Reverend Ronald Emery officiating.  Interment will be in the Friends Cemetery of Grampian, PA
Friends will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday February 24 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM, and again on Wednesday morning from 10:00 AM until time of services.
The family suggests contributions be made to the charity of the donor’s choice
Online condolences may be made to the family at
The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc. of Curwensville is in charge of the arrangements.
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