Tahlequah Daily Press

June 13, 2013

Darrel Mathis


TAHLEQUAH — Services for Darrel Mathis will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, June 14, at Reed-Culver Funeral Home, with Chaplain Kevin Webster officiating.

Honorary pallbearers for Darrel include Russell Gourd, Mark Whitekiller, Warren Whitekiller, Charles Buckhorn, Rodney Buckhorn, Leon Buckhorn, Jessie Hair and Albert Shade.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.reedculver.com.

Darrel Mathis was born June 21, 1931, in Steel, Mo., the son of Clarence Clay and Sarah (Coatney) Mathis. He served proudly in the U.S. Air Force as a bomber mechanic from 1950 until his honorable discharge in 1954. He then made his home near Las Cruces, N.M., and obtained his associate’s degree from New Mexico State University. He met and married the love of his life, Amy Faye Whitekiller, and they were wed at Crown Point, N.M., on July 31, 1982.

Darrel was one of those specially gifted men who could naturally fix anything. His talents included gardening, raising cattle and horses, especially Limousines, building small engines and motors, carpentry, plumbing and electricity. Darrel was a perfectionist and a jack-of-all-trades; he always did the job right the first time.

He owned and operated his mechanic shop under the Chevron banner, ran the Buckhorn Trading Post in Smith Lake, N.M., and worked in law enforcement.

He found the time to attend American Legion, National Rifle Association, Bass Fishermen’s Association and Modern Woodmen of America meetings.

He was a quiet man and a strict disciplinarian. The hard-working skills he used in his everyday life were passed down to his family. These talents were put to use helping his family, friends and neighbors whenever they asked. Darrel loved his community and went the extra mile to see that all those needing help got it. He loved his family, his friends, his country and his canine companions.

A Christian by faith, he had reaffirmed his hope and trust in God in 2013. The Lord called this hard-working servant home for his eternal rest on June 11, 2013, at his home in Hulbert. Darrel was 81 years old. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and his devoted friends.

Darrel is preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Jerry and Benny Mathis; one sister, Eula Faye Brown; and two brothers, John and Wilburn Mathis.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Amy, of the home. His children include his daughter, Shirley Cadena and husband Dr. Carlos Cadena of Las Cruces, N.M.; daughter Dawna Barbiaux and husband Bernie of Hulbert; and son, Joe Walter Mathis and wife Ladine of Tahlequah. He leaves one sister, Emma Jean DePriest of Steel, Mo., and 16 adored grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.