Obituary – Dr. Rex L. Matlock

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Dr. Rex Matlock

Dr. Rex L. Matlock

11-27-34 – 12-28-15

Life celebration for Dr. Rex L. Matlock will be held Saturday, January 9 at Love Chapel, Haughton, La with Rev. Kelly Berne officiating. Visitation at 1pm and Service at 2pm.

The long goodbye is over. He is finally resting in the arms of the love of his life, Wilma Joy Roberts Matlock, who preceded him in death June 17, 2010.

Rex was born in Walkers Chapel, La on November 27, 1934 to Martin Hines Matlock and Nettie Nancy Cantley Matlock. He was the fourth of six children: Ray, Muriel, Jack, Rex, James Carroll and the only remaining sibling, Jo Elise Matlock Ballard Baker, whom he dearly loved! They were raised in the oilfield and had a carefree, country childhood. All graduated from Haughton High School.

He married his high school sweetheart, Wilma Joy, September 17, 1955 and had three children: Joy Lynn Lary and husband Dennis of Minden, Phillip and wife Cathy of Haughton, and Derek and wife Renee of Shreveport. Six grandchildren: Justin Lee Edwards, Michael David Lary and wife Jennifer, Jalen Ciara Matlock, Sommer Haddock, Holly Tomala’, and Kayla Freeman. Six great grandchildren: Kaori, Kaley and Lyla Joy Lary, Brayden Haddock, Kamron Blackshire and Peyton Williams.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp., he served in the Korean conflict. After earning his PHD from LSU Baton Rouge, he became one of the founding professors of LSUS in 1967. He served as Department Chair and taught his entire career until his retirement in 2001.

The N.W. La Veterans Home was his home for the winter of his life and the family appreciates the loving care given him by their excellent staff.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Love Chapel (sanctuary chairs) or LSUS Physics Department.