A memorial service is scheduled at 2 pm Saturday, January 21 at Trinity Temple Assembly of God for Ronald Charles Matthews, Sr. of Artesia, New Mexico.
Mr. Matthews, 77, died on January 16, 2023 at his home in Artesia.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Ronald was born on July 26, 1945 in Artesia; the son of Haskell Henry Matthews and Vesta Lee Bonham Matthews.
He was a lifelong truck driver starting at the age of 18. His CB handle was Gentle Ben. He was a member of Kelly's Cafe in Loco Hills and loved spending time with his friends there.
Ronald was the kindest, sweetest most generous person - a friend to all and a stranger to none.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Billie Henderson, JoAnn Matthews, and Glenda Estes, a brother Rodney Matthews, and great-grandson Cy Palmer.
Survivors include his wife Barbara Matthews; sons Chuck Matthews and wife Shawna, and Jimmy Matthews and wife Donna; daughters Ronna Schiel and husband Buddy, Sandi Tidwell and husband Don, and Stacy Natera and husband Mark; step- children Amy Kuemper and John Gilbert; 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.