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Billy Duane Matlock, 87

Billy Duane Matlock, 87, passed away peacefully at his home on July 25, 2021. He entered this world on December 28, 1933 in Petty, Texas.

He was born to Paul Harvey Matlock and Ruby Ethel Bristow Boren Matlock and welcomed by his older sister, Helen Faye Boren. Later, Jerry Matlock and Doris Jean Matlock filled out the family. After living in Texas, a couple of years the family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico and Billy married Helen Louise Flowers in December, 1951. Billy and Helen stayed in New Mexico, having two children of their own, Debrah Louise Matlock and Stephen Duane Matlock. Over the following years, Billy supported his family working for El Paso Electric Co. for thirty years. After moving to Midland, Texas in 1980 and later to Paris, Texas, Billy worked in businesses he started and was successful. His reputation for quality, honesty, and integrity was well known both in business and his family life. He was also famous for his since of humor and a joke to tell at any time. Billy’s family grew to include six granddaughters fifteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. This family was the pride of his life. Billy and Helen moved to Jacksonville, Arkansas in October of 2017 to live with their daughter, Debrah and son-in-law, Roy McPhail.

Billy is survived by his wife, Helen Flowers Matlock; daughter Debrah Matlock McPhail and husband Roy McPhail, son Stephen Matlock and wife Rebecca Long Matlock; along with twenty-five grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; great-great-great-grandchildren; and a large number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family that he loved dearly.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ruby Matlock; sisters, Faye Boren Brown and Doris Jean Matlock, and brother Jerry Matlock.

Visitation will be held at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, AR 72120, on Friday, July 30, 2021 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.


  • Erica and Shelby Tilley Posted July 26, 2021 5:41 PM

    What a great smile! I am sure he will be missed. We will be praying for you all.

  • Darlene snd Garry Posted July 26, 2021 6:03 PM

    Love you Uncle Billy! So many fun memories!!

  • Destry Posted July 27, 2021 1:42 AM

    I wish that i could have spent some time with him before he passed but distance seems to hinder a lot of things now he is with my mother. Mary Ann Flowers at peace

  • Robert and Shirleen Flowers Posted July 27, 2021 10:05 PM

    A gracious wonderful man! Thank you Uncle Bill for influencing my life for the better.

  • John W. Taylor Posted July 29, 2021 9:49 AM

    Billy broke me in as a meter reader at El Paso Electric co. in the year 1951.I have often thought of him and wondered how he was.

    • Debbie Matlock McPhail Posted April 11, 2022 7:51 PM

      Mr. Taylor, I wish he could have visited with you on one of the times he got to go back to Cruces over the years. Thank you for your thoughts.

  • Cousin Joyce Ford Merello and Joe Merello Posted July 29, 2021 12:26 PM

    He was very kind and welcoming to us the few times we met at the Flowers family reunions. We know he is now smiling down and is missed by all.


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