April 28, 1953 ~ June 1, 2022

Born in: Somerset , KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

James “Jim” Paul Mattingly, 69, of Owensboro, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 28, 1953 in Somerset, Kentucky to the late Ben Mattingly, Sr. and Nora Lutkemeier Mattingly.

Jim was a lifelong educator who was passionate about improving the lives of the students in his care. He often said that “if you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life”. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1977, “Mr. Mattingly” began his career as a physical education teacher and later head teacher at Seven Hills Elementary School from 1977–1992. There he met his future wife, Laura, while she was working as a student teacher. He earned a master’s degree in Education in 1981 and a Rank 1 certification in Education Administration in 1986, both from Western Kentucky University. He then served as principal of Newton Parrish Elementary School from 1992–2004. After retiring from the public school system in 2004, Jim served as the superintendent of the Diocese of Owensboro Catholic Schools until his retirement in 2017.

Jim will be remembered as a devoted husband and father who loved spending time with his family. He and his family were members of Blessed Mother Parish. He loved coaching his sons’ youth baseball and basketball teams, and also coached the Kentucky Wesleyan College volleyball team and Owensboro Middle School cross country team. He enjoyed playing and watching sports, especially his beloved University of Kentucky basketball and football teams. An avid fisherman, Jim especially enjoyed wading Kentucky’s creeks and streams in search of smallmouth bass. He caught the Kentucky state record rainbow trout from the Cumberland River in 1972, a record that still stands today. His infectious sense of humor and love of telling a good story will be remembered fondly by everyone who knew him.

Along with his parents, Jim is preceded in death by two brothers, Ben Mattingly, Jr. and George Mattingly.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Laura Howard Mattingly; children, Paul Mattingly of Owensboro, Kyle Mattingly of Madison, WI, and Neil Mattingly (fiancée Audrey Hehman) of Louisville; and siblings, Mary Sullivan of Lutz, FL, Joe Mattingly of Somerset, Jane Faris of Lebanon, NH, and Gabrielle Gray Schneider of Benzonia, MI.

Services will be held on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Blessed Mother Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with prayers being said at 6:30 p.m., on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of charitable donations to support the public and Catholic school students that Jim spent his life serving. Donations may be made to the Diocese of Owensboro Catholic Schools, with checks payable to “Diocese of Owensboro” and sent to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, McRaith Catholic Center, 600 Locust Street, Owensboro, KY 42301. Donations may also be made to the Goodfellows Club of Owensboro, 401 Frederica Street, B203, Owensboro, KY 42303. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Mattingly. Leave your messages of condolence for the family of James “Jim” Paul Mattingly and sign his virtual guestbook at www.haleymcginnis.com


Visitation: June 5, 2022 2:00 pm - June 5, 2022 8:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Prayers: June 5, 2022 6:30 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Service: June 6, 2022 11:00 am

Blessed Mother Catholic Church
601 East 23rd street
Owensboro, KY 42303


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  1. Sending my love and condolences to the family.
    I enjoyed the little time I got to spend around Jim. HIs politeness and great story was wonderful.

  2. I graduated with Jim in 1971 from Somerset High School. He was a great guy and friend to all. Prayers for his family and friends.

  3. Sending Love & Prayers from Vermont to Laura, Paul, Kyle, Neil and Family.
    Pam & Jim Passburg

  4. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Jim was such a good leader for the Owensboro Catholic Schools. He truly believed that the Owensboro Catholic Schools were for everyone. He will be missed.

  5. It was my honor to know Mr. Mattingly for 13 years when I was a counselor at Trinity. Sending thoughts and prayers from Tucson, Arizona. May God wrap His loving arms around you.

  6. Jim was a great long-time friend and fellow sports enthusiast. He was a wonderful father to his talented sons, a devoted husband to Laura, a man of integrity and ability for the area schools, and good man to be able to call your friend. We will all miss him. Godspeed, Jim.

  7. Sending love, prayers to Gabrielle and Keith as they travel from Michigan to Kentucky. ❤️

  8. This is a sad day for me. As a little girl who hated gym, Mr. Mattingly pushed me without intimidating me. I have never forgotten how he believed I could make it over the wall on the obstacle course and stood there and encouraged this skinny little, non athletic girl until she did it! Later I was blessed to do my student teaching at Newton Parrish and work with him as I became the teacher he helped inspired me to be. RIP Mr. Mattingly!! Thanks for inspiring so many kids over the years! ❤️

  9. Mr. Mattingly was my favorite teacher in elementary school at Seven Hills. He came to us right out of college so all us 3rd grade girls thought he was so great. He was a wonderful educator. Prayers for his family during this difficult time.

  10. I was honored to know Jim for 40+ years as his sister in law, but he was truly family to us all, not just an “in-law”. He was a kind, compassionate, loyal and loving person. He was successful in his career and in all that he pursued, but was always humble and happy to just be with family and friends–doing whatever he could to help anyone who needed it. He will be greatly missed by all
    Mary Sheila Howard

    • Sheila, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

      • Thank you Shannon..He will be missed by all. I still think of Betty often and grateful for the friendship she and I shared. I hope you are doing well. God bless you and your family.

  11. Mr.Mattingly was a wonderful principal while at Newton Parrish. Both of our daughters attended Elementary School there and remember him very well. He was a true asset to the Education Community and will be missed. Prayers for the family during this time of loss.

  12. I’m so very sorry to hear about Mr. Mattingly passing. He was my principal at Newton Parrish Elementary and was amazing. He touched so many children’s lives, I know he will be truly missed. I pray that Mr. Mattingly’s family and friends find peace and comfort.

  13. We thank God for this man and all that he gave to his students and staffs! The family’s loss is ours also. May God grant consolation to the family and friends of Jim, and may he Rest In Peace. We will continue to hold you in our prayers!

  14. My sympathy to Laura, Jim & Laura’s great sons – Paul, Kyle & Neil and sister Gabrielle. May you always share your fond memories of him.

  15. We had the great pleasure of getting to know Jim & Laura as our son Peter and Paul grew up together. Jim embodied the advice of St. Francis to “Preach without ceasing, use words if you must.” Jim will be missed by so many of us but we look forward to seeing him again in Heaven.

  16. Laura and family, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Jim. It was a honor to work with him. I especially enjoyed hearing the stories he would tell when we travelled to meetings! He would have me believing every word and then laugh and tell me it wasn’t true!! May God give you strength in the days ahead and comfort you with happy memories of Jim.

  17. Jim was a kind and wonderful person, a great mentor, a true advocate for kids and doing the right thing. I am blessed to have been able to learn from him. He is a true example of walking the walk and talking the talk, a strong and faithful person with integrity and compassion for others.

  18. Jim was so kind and always concerned about the welfare of others. He was a true mentor and I learned so much from his leadership style. Our prayers are with all of you.

  19. Our family LOVED Mr. Mattingly. 5 of our children attended Newton Parrish and we have lots of wonderful Mr. Mattingly stories told and retold around our kitchen table. I volunteered all those years our children attended at NP and had the great pleasure of getting to know Mr. Mattingly, many of the teachers and his admin. staff. He clearly loved children, was a natural leader, respected by all, an excellent listener and had a great sense of humor. Laura, you lovingly served him to the end. We have great admiration for you and for the marriage you two had. Our hearts go out to you and your family and we thank God for the years we knew your man. God bless you all.

  20. Dear Laura, Paul, Kyle, Neil & Audrey,

    My prayers are with you this morning as you attend the funeral liturgy of your dear husband and father. I know that Jim is well again, whole and entire, in the embrace of God. May you know the consolation of all the love surrounding you. MJ

  21. Mr Mattingly hired me to work at Newton Parrish in 2000 and gave me the greatest gift of working with children.

  22. Mr. Mattingly was our daughters principal at Newton Parish. He was always kind and great to talk to. We are sorry for your loss.

  23. Dear Laura and Family,

    Please accept our condolences after learning that Jim is no longer with us.
    As parents with children in the same school and class as yours we hope that you may find comfort in the knowledge that Jim was totally dedicated to all the students in the various school systems entrusted to his care.
    You are with us in our thoughts and prayers, with much sympathy from the Dooper family

    You are with us in our thoughts

  24. My Uncle Jim was the kind of person we all want to be around and aspire to become. He was an intelligent, loving, devoted husband, father, teacher and friend. His keen sense of humor (and dry delivery of every punch line) brought immeasurable joy and laughter to our world. He is missed.

  25. My cherished youngest brother Jim has been released from his suffering, but will be deeply missed and forever cherished by all of us who loved him so much. We unfortunately cannot be there to bid him farewell and personally express our loving sympathy to Laura, Paul, Kyle and Neil, but our hearts are very much with them and Jim’s entire family in their/our sorrow. Rest In Peace, dear little brother!
    Love forever,
    Jane and Ralph

  26. Mr. Mattingly was my gym teacher at Seven Hills and then years later he was both of my daughter’s principal at Newton Parrish. He was always good to my family and you could tell he genuinely cared for his students. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  27. RIP Jim. My condolences to your family especially,and I believe everyone who ever knew you is saddened by your passing. You certainly “earned your keep” during your life, and I really feel honored to have known you.

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