James R. Matthews

19330109 –


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James R. Matthews passed away Thursday, March 28, 2019. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 86 years at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Second Baptist Church.

James R. Matthews was born on January 9, 1933 to James and Virgie Davis Matthews in Dallas, TX. James married Carolyn Curry Matthews on October 1, 1955 in Sweetwater. James graduated from Kaufman High School, Henderson County Jr. College, and North Texas University. In 1957, he received his MD degree from Southwestern Medical School/UT Dallas, followed by his Internship. He was board certified from 1972-2005. James practiced medicine in private practice from 1958-1995. In those years he delivered over 3,000 babies. In 1995, he moved his practice to Health Plus Clinic until his retirement in 2004 after 50 years of family practice. Following retirement he practiced at the FP Clinical Facility, City of Lubbock Clinic and the John T. Montford Unit.

James was involved with many different organizations including serving as President for the Lubbock, Crosby, Garza Medical Society, and the South Plains Chapter Family Physician Society. He served on the first TTU Medical School Foundation Board. He volunteered at the Second Baptist Sick Children’s Clinic, the Well Baby/Lubbock Children’s Clinic, the TTU Athletic Department Annual Physicals and served on the Wayland Baptist University board of trustees. In 2002, he was recognized as Physician Emeritus awarded by the Texas Academy Family Practice and Family Practice Distinguished Assoc. of TTU Health Science Center School of Medicine. James was a deacon and Bible teacher at First Baptist Church, Post and Lubbock and Oakwood Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and spending time with family and coaching boys’ baseball and girls’ softball.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Carolyn; children, Kathy (Brad) Harrelson, Lauri Matthews, Juliann (Brendan) Berry, Jimmy (Sara) Matthews, and Jerry Matthews; 12 grandchildren and their spouses; 10 great-grandchildren; and two brothers-in law, John (JoAnn) Curry, and Jerry (Barbara) Curry.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sons, James William Matthews, and Robert Matthews.

A special appreciation to Dr. Kye Lear, former medical associate and Texas Tech baseball fan and friend.



In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, Second Baptist Sick Children’s Clinic or Buckner Children’s Home in memory of Dr. James R. Matthews.


15 thoughts on “James R. Matthews”

  1. Dr. Matthews was a wonderful , kind and gentle person. He was in my life for over 40 years. He delivered my kids and took the time to be there for me when I lost my first child. When I look back and think of Dr. Matthews…I smile.

  2. Dr. Matthews was a dear friend of our family. He delivered our son, Lance nearly 34 years ago. He was not only our doctor but a wonderful friend and mentor. He will be dearly missed by many in our community. May the wonderful memories of this kind and gentle man bring peace to his family , friends, and associates. He now sits with God and those who have gone before him. Our love to you, Carolyn.
    Carol and Kirk Cunningham

  3. Dr. Matthews was a kind and caring gentleman. He took my late husband Allen with him hunting a few times and was a true friend. We had known him since the early sixties. Heaven shines a little brighter with his smiling face and his love for the Lord. I am happy he and Allen will now rejoice of his graduation to Heaven. My sincere sympathy to his loving family. Lea Johnson

  4. Jim Matthews was the closest friend I had on earth. I became close to him after I had suffered a heart attack in the 1980’s. He was not my doctor but was a church friend. He took me under his wings to show me that there was life after an attack. That led into a friendship that has meant so very much to me. I could share anything with him and he had so much wisdom that if you knew him you would seek out his advise. Later on he and I taught young adult Sunday School at Oakwood Baptist. And as those who have taught know the teacher is the one that learns. In this experience I learned much from Jim. He was a man with a deep faith in his Lord Jesus Christ. He loved his family and was so proud of each of them. And he loved his friends. He loved Texas Tech and was always rooting for them in all sports. He will now have to root for them while he learns his new duties in Heaven. I extend my and Glenda love and sympathy to Carolyn and the entire family. You know how much we love you and are so sorry for the loss of Jim.

    Love, Bill and Glenda Deal
    Georgetown, Texas

  5. We were blessed to have Dr. Matthews in our lives from 1964 till his retirement. He delivered our 3 children and treated them all their at home lives. He was always there for us in good and bad times. We have missed his care and compassion.
    Our prays go out to family and friends. He will be missed but never forgotten.

  6. Dr. Matthews was in our lives beginning in 1968. He delivered two of our babies & was always there to listen & console us as if we were family. His kind gentle nature was a precious quality I so appreciated. His quick smile & laugh was what we needed sometime. When we saw him at Texas Tech ballgames we were just part of his many of his friends. Loved this precious man & send God’s comforting arms to his family.

  7. I formed a friendship with Dr. Matthews at the Zach’s Club Gym five years ago. He lived what he preached and was a wonderful example of a person striving to be strong and healthy through exercise and good nutrition. I was amazed at the extensive exercise program he had developed for himself utilizing about twenty pieces of exercise equipment at the gym. He performed his exercise regimen faithfully several days a week and I even saw him at the gym this past January. We enjoyed many interesting conversations. He expressed such love and pride for all of his family , especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren. He actually got me to attend a Ben Carson support meeting in 2016. I will miss my gym buddy, but will strive to carry forward his example of living life to the fullest with an amazing positive attitude. (Maybe I will even try some of those supplements he tried very hard to get me to try, but I never did. )

  8. I am one of the 3000. You also took out my tonsils and stitched me up on multiple occasions. Thank you Dr. Jim.

  9. Kathy, Lauri, Josh, and Amy,
    My sincere sympathy on the loss of your father and grandfather. I have so many wonderful memories of him, not as a patient, but as a spectator at football and softball games as he cheered for Josh and Amy, as well as all the other kids. He was so positive and so much fun. Prayers for peace and comfort. Blessings, Linda

  10. By now our beloved Dr Jim has surely heard the words “well done thy good and faithful”. I first got to know Dr Jim as a child in Post, Texas. I turn 70 in a few months . We attended First Baptist Post with the Matthews at a time when many members were adopting Korean children and Carolyn and Jim were one of the couples who did that. Dr Jim was in the early days of his medical practice. Shortly after we moved to Lubbock and joined Oakwood Baptist, the Mathews also moved and joined Oakwood. Point is, I got to see the impact on the world of what a Godly man can accomplish. His calming smile and gentle spirit has helped my family through many of life’s trying events.. Over the years, whenever we heard the term “Dr Jim” there was a kind of reverence because we knew God used DR JIM in being a comfort to so many hurting people. He delivered my daughter and 2 of my nieces. I was so blessed to have known this man. Love you DR Jim. Prayers for you Carolyn and family. Walter Johnson

  11. Frances Mitchell

    Dr. Matthews became my families first Doctor in Lubbock in the 60tys. He delivered my daughter in 1973. He was always so kind and caring. So positive . He would calm me down and gave me great advice! Continued seeing him till he retired! Our community lost such loving man, his faith was always apparent! May God wrap his loving arms around Carolyn and their sweet family.
    With Sincere Sympathy, Frances Mitchell

  12. Dr. Jim was our physician but also our friend. He skillfully and lovingly cared for our family for many years. My parents, Melvin and Katherine Harvey met Jim and Carolyn just after they moved to Lubbock and were instant friends. I was also privileged to have Jim for a SS teacher. What a wonderful man. He and Carolyn were a blessing to so many. Our lives were enriched because of them. Rest in the arms of Jesus!

  13. Jim was married to my cousin. He was a wonderful Christian, doctor, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and cousin. I loved him with all my heart.

  14. Jim & Marlene Strickland

    We have very fond memories of our friendship and times together serving with Jim and Carolyn at first Baptist Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carolyn and all of the Matthew’s family.

  15. Albert M. "Pete" Lewis

    My wife, two sons and I received such skillful and compassionate care from Dr. Matthews from 1970 until his retirement. He was always kind, considerate and always had a comforting word. He delivered our youngest son in 1978 and cared for him the whole time he lived at home. My wife and I moved to the Houston area about ten years ago and we only found out about his passing today 3/29/2020. I’m convinced that he is in heaven and my belated condolences go out to his family. Pete, Kay, Robert and Sean Lewis.

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