William Michael Matthews

February 16, 1952April 16, 2021

William Michael Matthews, age 69 of Jackson, passed away on April 16, 2021 at his home.

He was born on February 16, 1952 in Biloxi, MS, to the late John W. Matthews, Jr. and Elloween Grantham Matthews. A lover of music, he worked at Stax Records in Memphis as a young man. He played the guitar, keyboards, and drums and loved jazz, blues, and rock and roll music. He attended Lambuth Memorial United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his siblings, Larry Matthews (Cheryl) of Jackson, Laura Matthews of Jackson, and Jeanne Matthews of Mesa, AZ; nephews, Donald L. Matthews (Monica), and their children, Dawson, Maggie, and Drew and James Matthews (Leslie), and their children, Ethan and Jackson.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Hollywood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the graveside beginning at 12 p.m., one hour prior to the service.


  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones at the Graveside

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

  • The Graveside Service

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021


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Kelly Lancaster

April 27, 2021

I’m so sorry for your loss. Mike was a free spirit for sure. No one place was home. He was not about taking root but remembering his roots. He always had a story. He was a traveler and came by it naturally as a military kid, moving place to place with Uncle John and Queenie. I can imagine the adventures he had. He loved stuff and was willing to share with strangers.
I remember he and David as teens. They were always getting into mischief at Mema’s. And she was always close by with a watchful eye and ear to reel them it:) Or send them on their way! LOL
I pray that over the days ahead, you guys will have fond, positive memories of Mike flow through your heart and conversations.
I pray for the peace of God to blanket your family. God can take what was meant to be negative and use it for His Glory. Papa use this time and life ... be glorified.
Love you all... Kelly and Brek 💜🙏🏼💜