Deacon Cleveland Matlock, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather went
home to be with his Lord Sunday, January 17, 2021, peacefully at CHI St. Vincent Hospital in
Hot Springs, Arkansas. Cleveland Matlock was born June 8, 1931, to the late Jewel Matlock and
Millie Williams in Sparkman, Arkansas.
In 1953 while working for Coca-Cola he met the love of his life, Ida Mae Johnson (Betty), which
they would spend the next 66 years together. They had six (6) beautiful and devoted children,
four (4) girls, Mary, Pearline, Annie, and Gwen; two (2) boys, William and Dennis. In 1956
they moved to Mountain Pine where Cleveland worked on the railroad for Dierks before moving
into the sawmill at Weyerhaeuser and was a dedicated employee for 38 years.
Cleveland was a family man. He enjoyed being surrounded by his children and grandchildren
and great-grandchildren especially around the holidays. Seeing them laughing, playing and
having a good time brought him great joy. Cleveland loved watching baseball, basketball,
football, and old western movies. He subliminally passed down to his older grandchildren his
love of tv shows Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, John Wayne and In the Heat of the Night. Another
love for Cleveland was his gardens. He had a green thumb for growing produce especially
turnips, collard greens, cabbages, peas, and his favorite, tomatoes. He even had grapevines.
Cleveland served as a deacon at Gordon Memorial COGIC until his health began to decline and
he moved his membership to Deliverance Temple Institute, COGIC where his son-in-law is the
pastor and where he gave his life to Christ.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Pearline Madyun, brothers Cecil and WT
Matlock, and sisters Annie Pearl Tate and Mary Conner Brooks, and his son-in-law George
He is survived by his wife, Ida Mae Matlock, sons William H Matlock (Elizabeth) Wurzburg,
Germany, Dennis R. Matlock Little Rock, AR., daughters Mary L. McClellen Houston, Texas,
Annie Babb (Larry) Mountain Pine, AR, Gwendolyn Matlock Little Rock, AR, a brother Leavy
Matlock, Malvern AR; 13 grandchildren, Tonoka Settles (Victor), Kasib Madyun, Aadil
Madyun, Robin Babb (Meagan), Jason Babb, Kimberlin Babb (Kenny Blevins), Melia Matlock,
Marcus Matlock (Tammalah), Marcello Jawann McClellen (Kianna), Michelle Matlock,
Dominque Thomas (John), Ashlyn Matlock, Markeith Matlock and 16 great-grandchildren, and a
host of nieces and nephews.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelations21:4
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