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Joseph L. Mattox, 66, of Terre Haute, passed away in his home surrounded by family on Monday morning, April 17, 2017. Joe was born Jan. 14, 1951, to Chet and Betty (Smeja) Mattox, in Terre Haute.
He grew up in Fontanet in his parent's funeral home. He attended Fontanet School, Otter Creek, and graduated from Garfield High School in 1969. He then attended Indiana State University and graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science. Joe spent his entire life in funeral service. He along with his wife, Linda, owned Mattox Funeral Home in Fontanet, Mattox-Wood Funeral Home in North Terre Haute, Mattox-Ryan Funeral Home, Mattox-Bedino Funeral Home in West Terre Haute, Mattox-Bedino Peace Chapel in Terre Haute, Mattox-Fox Riley Chapel in Riley, Mattox-McHugh Funeral Homes in Shelburn and Hymera, and Mattox-Fidler Funeral Home in Farmersburg.
Joe was a former board member of Hospice of the Wabash Valley and County Board of Zoning Appeals. He was a former member of the Terre Haute Downtown Rotary Club and Terre Haute Breakfast Optimist Club. He also was a member of Indiana Funeral Directors Association and ICCFA, along with other various organizations.
Joe loved life, hunting, and the outdoors, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and his church, Higher Ground Christian Center, where he devoted his life to pastoring after retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, John Mattox.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Linda (Church) Mattox; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Zac Warner; son, Adam Mattox; daughter and son-in-law, Angie and Mark Poole; sister, Diana Haltom; grandchildren who was the light of his life, Elizabeth Poole, Evan Poole, Cooper Warner, and Colt Warner; mother-in-law, Mary Lou Church; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Higher Ground Christian Center, 8983 E. Rio Grande Ave., with the Rev. Bill Herb officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at:
Published on April 18, 2017
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