Johnnie C. Matney Jr.
Johnnie C. Matney Jr., 76, Crystal Spring, died Sunday, November 22, 2009, with his family at his side.
He was born February 10, 1933 in Lindside, W.Va., a son of the late Johnnie C. Matney Sr. and Ora Blakes (Hawkins) Matney.
On August 3, 1951, he married Betty E. (Taylor) Matney, who passed away on July 18, 1998.
He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda S. Bentley, and companion Horace Hankinson, Elkins Park, Pa.; five sons: Ricky L. Matney, and wife Barbara J. (Lipscomb) Matney, of Ridgely, Md.; Randy A. Matney, and wife Barbara A. (Zipp) Matney, of Crystal Spring; William L. Matney, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Bernard L. Matney, and wife Tammy, of Chambersburg; Major James L. Matney, USAF (Ret.), and wife Sunny, of Honolulu, Hawaii; 12 grandchildren: Barbara, Christine, Nathan, Karen, Derek, Michael, Kyle, Maranda, Johnnie, Zachary, Trevor, and Jaycie; seven great-grandchildren: Zachary, Hannah, Rebekah, Madison, Joseph, Hailee and Leah; three sisters: Pearl V. Bowyer, of Alderson, W.Va.; Betty J. Shoemaker, of Calverton, Md.; and Peggy L. Weekley and husband George, of Alderson, W.Va.; and a brother, Danny Matney and wife Jeannette, of Crystal Spring.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Debra Lynn, an infant grandson, Michael Lee, and two brothers-in-law: James Bowyer and Edward Shoemaker.
He first worked as a stock clerk for Westinghouse Corp. in Mansfield, Ohio, and then served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a heavy weapons infantryman with Company M 160th Infantry, receiving the National Defense Medal, the United States Service Medal and the Korean Service Ribbon.
After service to his country, he began working for Southland Corp., the parent company of 7- 11 stores, to clean up and bring business back to many stores that were not doing well. Later he owned and operated his own 7-ll franchise store in Washington, D.C.
In 1971, he started working for Striegel Supply Co. in Riverdale, Md., and in 1980, helped move the company plant to Crystal Spring, where he continued to work as a machinist rebuilding parts for Americanmade diesel engines for ships, locomotives, power plants and other large diesel-operated equipment, until his retirement.
He loved to go fishing, target practice, feeding the birds and watching the wildlife in the country area surrounding his home. He was mechanically skilled, easily repairing or rebuilding most anything, and was a loving and caring father, grandfather, brother and friend who always had a good joke or story to tell and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at Dalla Valle Funeral Service, Everett. Pastor Clifford D. Swankler officiated. Burial was held at Akersville Cemetery. Full military honors were conducted by the Everett Honor Guard.