The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX


August 15, 2011

William H. Matchett

HUNTSVILLE — William H. Matchett was born on February 18, 1932 in Trinity, Texas.  He passed away after a lengthy illness on August 10, 2011 in Crockett, Texas.

Bill worked hard his entire life.  He began working as a young adult on the farm, at the sawmill and in the family chair factory.  He joined the United States Army where he proudly served the United States in both the Korean and Vietnam wars as well as many other posts across the United States.  Bill also proudly worked for the Texas Department of Corrections for over 20 years at the Huntsville (Walls) Unit.

Bill was a recognized leader in the Boy Scouts of America.  He proudly honored the organization and tried to shape the lives of many young adults based on the Christian principles of his life that he always illustrated in everything he said and did.

He married Lenetta Fayne Hendricks Matchett on January 26, 1958.  They were married for 50 years until her death in 2008.  He is also preceded in death by his parents James H. and Dora Matchett; two brothers James Donald and Benny Ray Matchett and one sister Inez McLaughlin.

Bill is survived by his daughter Patricia Prasifka and husband Thomas of Huntsville, sons William G. Matchett and wife Joy of Huntsville, and Charles A. Matchett and wife Katrice of Quanah.  He is also survived by six grandsons James Matchett and wife Tala, Clay Matchett and wife, Morgan, Cory Venable, Thomas Matchett, Kolton Matchett and Cord Matchett; two great-granddaughters, Anjelica Gonzales and Ella Rose Matchett; sister-in-laws Billie Jenkins, Mona Hendricks, Audrey Matchett and brother-in-laws Clay Hendricks and Mac McLaughlin; also numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Bill also known as “Papa” Matchett will always be remembered in our hearts.  Visitation will be held on Monday, August 15, 2011 from 5:30 to 8:00pm at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 10:00am in the chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Brooks Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas.  Pallbearers will be James Matchett, Clay Matchett, Cory Venable, Thomas Matchett, Kolton Matchett, Cord Matchett and Nolan Nichols.

The family would like to send a special thanks to Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett, Texas for all the love and support that was given to Bill over the past two years.  They are truly wonderful and caring people.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Boy Scouts of America, George Strake District, P.O. Box 1739, Conroe, Texas 77305; or Boy Scouts of America, online at  or  the Texas Prison Museum, 491 Hwy 75N, Huntsville, Texas 77320.

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