William Mattox

William Furman Mattox Jr.

Saturday, January 20th, 1940 - Saturday, December 14th, 2019
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William Furman Mattox, Jr., 79, of Salem, VA passed away Saturday, December 14, 2019. He was born January 20, 1940 in Roanoke, VA a son of the late William Furman Mattox, Sr. and Virginia Dyer Mattox.

Mr. Mattox was member and Deacon of North Roanoke Baptist Church where he also enjoyed traveling on mission trips. He also previously was a member and Deacon of Virginia Heights Baptist Church. Furman lived a life that truly honored God. He loved his family and always put them first and he was always helping others. He enjoyed being with his family, friends attending parties, church functions and sporting events. He retired after 32 years’ service from Norfolk and Southern Railroad. He was the founder and former owner of Mattox Sealer Company for over 45 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Connie Moulse Mattox; sons and daughter-in-law, Tim and Sherry Mattox and Jason Mattox; brother and sister-in-law, Michael J. and Pal Mattox; sister, Ginger M. Lebow; grandchildren, Shelly and Shawn Allie, Tilly and Sam Wentzel, Molly and John Kernes, Emily Mattox and fiancé, Brandon, Chloe Mattox, Haley Mattox and Austin Mattox; great-grandchildren, Lyla Hancock, Clara Hancock, Zephy Hancock and Nemo Allie; and numerous other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. Funeral services to celebrate Furman’s life will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. at North Roanoke Baptist Church, 6402 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA 24019 with Rev. Daniel Palmer and Rev. Darryl Crim officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial donations be made in Furman’s name to the Splash Sunday School Class at North Roanoke Baptist Church 6402 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA 24019.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Celebration of Life Service

    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 11:00am
    North Roanoke Baptist Church
    6402 Peters Creek Rd
    Roanoke, VA 24019
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    Rev. Daniel Palmer
    Rev. Darryl Crim
  • Interment

    Sherwood Memorial Park
    1250 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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Debbie Fox

Posted at 09:42am
Furman and Connie were my Splash Sunday School Teachers. They came to me at a time I needed them most. Furman's gentle spirit led me on a closer journey in my faith and beyond teaching Sunday School, he taught me so much more. He will be missed but remembered fondly and all my love goes to you, Connie and Family.
Debbie Fox

Donnie Butler

Posted at 08:15am
Sorry for your loss of Furman. MAY The Lord uphold you
And sustain you during these difficult days
Donnie Butler

Patricia Carr

Posted at 10:10pm
Dear Connie, My thoughts and prayers are with you. It seems impossible to me that Furman is gone. We have had a long history from the day I was born. You know he was a week older than me and when we were young he never let me forget it and in the last few years I did not let him forget it. I have so many fond memories of our growing up together and the times we have visited in our adult years. You take care of yourself and hopefully, I will see you soon. Love, Pat

Rebecca Mills

Posted at 05:21pm
Sweet Connie: I am heartbroken that our Furman is gone but also happy because I know he is with His Father in heaven. He was a true man of God and a remarkable Christlike example to and for me. I will miss his prayers (he always said THE best Sunday School prayers), his sense of humor (he always made "us girls" laugh), and his storytelling (he always told the best and funniest stories with my favorite being, of course, "The Radar Story"!). You are, and will continue to be, in my thoughts and prayers daily. I'm here if I can help in any way. Love you so much, Becky!

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