OBITUARY

Lopez Jude Matthews

November 12, 1958July 26, 2020

Lopez Jude Matthews was born on November 12, 1958 and entered into eternal rest on July 26, 2020. He was the 8th child born to Victoria Francois Matthews and Willis Bernard Matthews. He was married to Lana (Duhon) Matthews and they made their home in Little Elm, TX.

Lopez grew up in Lake Charles, LA and as a teen relocated to Frisco, TX. He graduated from Denton High School (TX) in 1976. After high school, Lopez moved back to Louisiana, where he worked and lived, attending the University of Southwest Louisiana (USL) and later completing studies at Delta College of Arts & Technology, Inc. in Computer Aided Drafting Design receiving his certification as an AutoCAD. Lopez eventually relocated back to the Dallas Metropolitan area where he was employed at Parsons Engineering Firm located in Richardson, TX as a Senior CADD Designer since 1989.

Lopez was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting and DIY woodworking projects. He loved attending and watching the New Orleans Saints football games with his grandchildren as well as his “rowdy” family as much as he could. He also enjoyed many activities with his children especially fishing trips that oftentimes led to a late-night fish fry, no matter what time it was, as well as going to the movies with them. Hunting and fishing expeditions was quality time spent with his brothers bringing back good ole deer meat and lots of fish.

He was loving and considerate of everyone and never met a stranger. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting him, you met a lifelong friend! He loved to cook outdoors, and everyone was invited. He was always willing to help those in need and was very convincing to all that there was no task too big if you just try, often leaving people feeling very empowered, especially his sisters.

Lopez’s nickname was “Yogi”, fondly named after Yogi Bear the cartoon character. He loved to travel and spend time with family and friends. He enjoyed listening to XM Radio Channel 66 Watercolors and Watercolors Instrumental Jazz music. Anything on ESPN was another one of his favorite pastimes. Anything sports!

Lopez and his wife Lana were members of St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church located in Prosper, TX.

Lopez was preceded in death by his parents Willis and Victoria Matthews, as well as his wife’s parents Alfred and Agnes Duhon.

He is survived by his loving wife Lana Duhon-Matthews. His children, son Brandon Kyle Matthews, and his daughters Tao Tremaine Matthews and Brittney Shae Matthews. Stepchildren Lanaya Picquet (Eugene), Len Smith (Katie) and Linzy Smith.

Siblings: Joseph Matthews (Annie), Marjorie Matthews-Hall (Alvin), Stella Matthews-Landry, Bob Matthews, Rosemary Mathews, Freddy Mathews (Kathy), James Mathews (Demetre), Christopher Matthews (Evella) and Roslyn Matthews. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Amiya, Ja’Lyn, Landen, Lathen, Laylen, Elayna, Elyse, and Essence and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Lopez will be dearly missed, his laughter, his smile, his kind reassuring words just when they were needed. He loved with a higher love and gave of himself without ever expecting anything back in return.

Matthew 25:23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’.

Matthew 26:45 Sleep on now, and take your rest…

Services

15 August

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Stonebriar Funeral Home and Cremation Services

10375 Preston Road
Frisco, TX 75033

Memories

Lopez Jude Matthews

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Lana Matthews

August 11, 2020

...And I will always love you!
Every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week I will love you!

You still had so much life to live and so much love to give, however I do know that God does not make mistakes and you were handpicked for His beautiful garden and this is where I lean on my understanding of why you had to go.

Although I can not see your face daily or no longer feel your touch doesn’t mean that you’re not here with me because in my heart you live forever! Thank you for all of the wonderful memories and fun times!!

Until we meet again...fly high “My Baby”!!!

Lanaya Picquet

August 9, 2020

There are no amount of times I could say “Thank You” that would even come close to expressing just how much I truly appreciate everything you did for us!

Thank you for coming into our lives when you did and bringing such happiness and peace to our world, especially our mom.

Thank you for being patient with me, my brother, and my sister as we learned to understand and value the way you showed our mom just how much you loved her!

Thank you for always being a phone call or text away whenever we needed you and never hesitating to help.

Thank you for your advice and wisdom whenever we faced an issue or problem, no matter how big or small it was.

Thank you for being such an awesome Papa to my children and especially for waking up at 3am to drive 8+ hours to New Orleans just to be there for a 1-hour grandparents day!

Thank you for always picking me up from the airport, driving me around, and telling me about all the new things that had happened since my last visit.

Thank you for everything you did to help make my house a home, because let’s face it, you were the only one I trusted to do all the things I asked. Never once did you complain, you would just say with a huge smile and hug, “Anything for my girl!”

I have so many wonderful memories to look back on and smile about for the rest of my life. But most importantly I want to say the biggest thank you of all for being the DAD we needed and showing us unconditional love! Thank you for loving our mom the way you did and showing us what it is really like for a man to love, appreciate, and most of all respect his wife. I am forever grateful for you and for the time you were in my life. When I think about you it will be for all these reasons and so many more and I will never forget your huge smile and unforgettable laugh!

Rest in paradise! Love your daughter, Lanaya.

LAUREN CITIZEN

August 6, 2020

Lopez and Lana got married on me and Lana didn’t tell me but one weekend they decided to come to Lake Charles. I heard a vehicle pull up looked out the window and said to myself oh that’s Lana and Lope. So I go outside open the patio gate he’s walking fast and says to me “Hey niece” with that infectious laugh of his. I said niece what you mean I looked at his ring finger and was like wait a minute y’all got married? He said she finally said yes and he had the biggest smile on his face he was so excited and when I finally saw Lana her smile was even bigger.

All I have to say is “thank you Lope for loving Lana the way you did, for making her laugh, for making her smile, for making her “day”, and for making her eyes light up every time she saw your face!!” I have never seen Lana as happy as she was with you.
Lana will miss you but she has been blessed with a true love and that was you and I thank you for it.

“Unc” I will miss you dearly may you rest in peace from your “niece”. Lauren


Roslyn Jane Matthews

August 6, 2020

Each day my eyes have opened since the day he slipped away from us all, my thoughts fall upon the sweetness of my brother Lopez.

If there’s a such thing as Lopez having God’s freedom and love to watch over us, we’re covered. All of his loved ones are covered.

The more I read about how he was such a pleasure to be around every where he went makes me want to be even more like him.

A better worker, a better sister, a better mother, a better grandmother and a better friend. We were the fortunate ones to be blood related. Eleven days of missing Lopez gave me no option but to reflect upon the beautiful memories we were able to share.

I, too, will always hold him in my heart in those memories. Rest in Paradise Yogi. I love you with everything.

Rohit Lasod

August 6, 2020

I have known Lopez for 13 years and worked closely with him on lot of projects. He was a great colleague and a very good friend. The best thing about him was, he always had a big smile on this face, and he was always ready to help everyone. I loved talking to him about football, woodworking projects, his New Orleans trips and his big & loving family. I will always remember him when I watch Saints play or when I work on any home project. He always inspired me and gave me great advice. We all will miss you a lot Lopez!

EVA BALTAY

August 4, 2020

God looked around his garden- And found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth- And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you -And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful -He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering -He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never – Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough – And the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids – And whispered, ‘Peace be thine’.
It broke our hearts to lose you – But you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you – The day God called you home.

Tiny Matthews

August 4, 2020

Roslyn Matthews

August 4, 2020

Thanks Lopez, for taking this picture and encouraging me all my life, Tiny

Roslyn Matthews

August 4, 2020

Tiny Matthews

August 4, 2020

FROM THE FAMILY
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Mathieu & Uncle Yogi

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Lopez, ROSLYN and Lalin

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When he had hair!

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At the Uncle Mervin's for the crawfish boil-Rose Mathews, Yogi and Cindy Guillory.

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Yogi, Rose and Stella in Dallas for Chris' birthday weekend.

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Yogi mansplaining my iPhone again.

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At the Texas garage crawfish boil.

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Yogi and Jimmy at Mother's birthday.

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Yogi with Dorian Matthews

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