Durham, Raleigh Matkin

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June 17, 1931 - December 15, 2015

Durham, Raleigh Matkin

Raleigh Matkin Durham was born on June 17, 1931 in Waco, Texas to Mildred and George Durham. After frequent hospitalizations in the last 6 months, died peacefully at the age of 84 on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, DeAnna Sue; daughters, Kimberly Kaye Weinert, Beverly Sue Anderson,   Emily Anne Taylor, and husband, Danny; seven wonderful grandchildren, Philip Weinert, Lauren Hairston, Cheryl Erven, Annalee Anderson, Ashleigh, Meaghan and Daniel Taylor; and niece Kelly Marzio.

Raleigh graduated from Crozier Tech High School in 1949. He served in the United States Army reserves. He loved playing in the  men’s softball league at North Temple Baptist where he met his wife, DeAnna Sue Weidner.

Raleigh had a strong and genuine love for his Lord, Jesus Christ, his wife, his children and his wonderful grandsons and granddaughters. He loved sports with a passion. He enjoyed watching and going to see the Lady Bears of Baylor University play. He also loved watching baseball, especially the Texas Rangers. In his earlier years he enjoyed coaching children in Kid’s Community Basketball at his church First Baptist Church Carrollton. He loved traveling with his wife and family whenever the opportunity arose.

He loved sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with anyone he could. He loved serving as a deacon at his church and singing in the Live Wire Choir.

He worked for several years at Republic National Bank. Later he worked as Office Manager for Colorado Professional Billing Services and recently retired from Dallas County Transportation after 19 years of service.

He was a wonderful husband, wonderful father, the rock of our family and a amazing PaPa to his grandchildren.

He will be deeply missed but his legacy lives on in the lives of his family and many friends.

Visitation will be on Friday, December 18, 2015 from 9:00 to 10:00 am at First Baptist Church Carrollton, 2400 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75006.

Funeral services will begin immediately after the visitation at the church.

Interment will follow the funeral services at Hilltop Memorial Park, 1810 North Perry Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006.

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M Jones

December 18, 2015 10:47AM

I am sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope you will find some comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection(Acts 24:15)and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be no more and no family will mourn the death of a loved one.-Revelation 21:3,4;John 5:28,29;Luke 23:43. May GOD(Psalms 83:18)grant you peace and comfort now, during this grievous time.-Matthew 5:4.

Linda Bush

December 17, 2015 12:47PM

DeAnna, Beverly, Emily, Annalee, and family--Gary and I were so sad to learn of your beloved's passing. Raleigh was such a delightful gentleman and solid family and community leader. We know you're missing him terribly yet confident in his eternal peace. With love, Linda Bush Anderson and Gary Anderson

Ray and Jan Quelland

December 17, 2015 11:49AM

Jan and I have many fond memories from living across from Raleigh, DeAnnna and the girls. Our girls still tell stories about playing with Kim, Beverly and Emily.
One of our fondest memories is watching Raliegh sit in his car listening to St. Louis Cardinal baseball games before Texas had major league baseball.

Kevin Patterson

December 17, 2015 11:38AM

Baylor lost an ardent fan, and I lost a good friend and an advisor. I take comfort in the assurance that he is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who he served so faithfully.

Phyllis and Sam Allen

December 17, 2015 10:46AM

Deanna, Kim, Bev, Em and Families: Our sympathy to you and all your families. Raleigh was a good person and a hard worker, certainly to be admired. One of the most fun things the last few years, Deanna, was at Aaron's wedding reception. I looked around and no one was left on the floor but Anna and Billy, you and Raleigh and Sam and I. After all these years six of us that were young together had endured!! Thank the Lord !! Well, these are tough times for all of you. God's peace be with you.

Grover & Georgia Jones

December 17, 2015 7:24AM

Raleigh was a wonderful friend. We loved to share BU sports and our Christian fellowship with him and his family. He will be greatly missed.
Grover & Georgia