John Hugh Matlock

November 23, 1942April 13, 2021

John Hugh Matlock, age 78, departed this life on April 13, 2021. He was born on November 23, 1942 in Wynne, Arkansas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Emma Lawson Smith. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings.

John’s career with Rollins Truck Leasing escalated from washing leased trucks to the Vice President of Truck Leasing for the entire Northeast Region. His leadership and keen arbitration skills were exemplary and resulted in the avoidance of a union strike over dinner with a pen and a napkin. After retiring from Penske (which bought out Rollins), John started the Dyslexia Centers of Tennessee in Brentwood.

John was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan. He was a member of Brentwood Baptist Church for over 30 years, where he served as deacon. John’s humble beginnings inspired him to a life of helping others. He helped many Sheriff’s offices with troubled and disadvantaged children, and was a staunch supporter of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, a mission near and dear to his heart.

He served as President of the PTO at Crockett Elementary, and volunteered with youth sports until just a short time ago. He served with Gideon’s International, and served on mission trips to Moldova and Israel. He had a larger than life personality and his word was his bond. John had a knack for getting most anything done or knowing who to enlist to help others and support so many causes. John was a mentor to many of his close friends, former co-workers and employees. He was the type of leader who believed in developing his associates to become better leaders. He was the type of friend who inspired others to be the best they could be as well.

He is survived by his sons, David (Pam) Matlock of Cornersville, TN and Thomas (Deborah) Matlock of Daytona Beach, FL; daughter, Carolyn Matlock of Seattle, WA; grandson, Carter Matlock of Cornersville, TN; and a host of beloved friends who are his extended family.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on April 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm at Brentwood-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, 9010 Church Street East, Brentwood, TN. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on April 17, 2021 at 9:30 am at Brentwood Baptist, 7777 Concord Rd., Brentwood, TN. Celebration of Life Service will be held on April 17, 2021 at 11:00 am at Brentwood Baptist, 7777 Concord Rd., Brentwood, TN. Interment will follow In New Hope Cemetery, Route #2, Cornersville, TN

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  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, April 17, 2021


John Hugh Matlock

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Gina Dollison

April 17, 2021

I remember John from our teens and as a family member. The John I most remember is the one with a sense of humor. He will certainly be missed by many who passrd through his journey to heaven.

Jim Hughey

April 14, 2021

RIP BIG JOHN! U will be missed.
So sorry for your loss to family.