March 3, 1940 ~ May 21, 2020

Born in: Whitesville, Kentucky
Resided in: Owensboro, Kentucky

Joseph Raphael Mattingly On May 21, 2020, Joseph Raphael Mattingly left this mortal world to enter everlasting life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born in Whitesville, Kentucky on March 3, 1940 and attended and graduated from St. William Elementary and High School in Knottsville. He was also active in his parishes of Blessed Mother, St. Pius, St. Joe and Paul, Immaculate, and St. Anthony’s, Axtel.

Joe is survived by his devoted wife Rosemary Mattingly and large and loving family including their combined children Suzanne (Linus) Murphy, Lisa Mattingly, Steve (Sandy) Mattingly, Stacy Mattingly, Tina Payne (Paul) Hunt, Trina (Mike) Riney, Michael (Stacey) Payne, and like a daughter Amanda Payne. He cherished his grandchildren and a life of memories as Papaw/Poppy to Brooke (Leland) Ferris, Brittany Mattingly, Brandon (Chelsea) Mattingly, Allyson Mattingly, Liam (Nikki) Payne, Martina Riney, Laura Riney, Reece Payne, Nicole Hunt, Mikala Riney, Danielle Hunt, Christina Hunt, and Kingston Payne. He is also blessed to have great-grandchildren to bring him more sweet love including Michael Moore, Collin Mattingly, Grayson Mattingly, and Gabriel Mattingly. There are many, many nieces, nephews, and cousins adored and loved by Joe throughout his life. He is also survived by Nina Mattingly, mother of four of his children.

Born into a large family, Joe dearly loved his many siblings and including those surviving him, Ann Blandford, Thomasine Clouse, Lillian (Bernard) Haynes, Theresa Clouse, and Bill (Dorothy) Mattingly. He is preceded in death by his parents Jennie Vee Roberts Mattingly and Mark Mattingly, older brother Jerry Mattingly, and younger sister Rita Mattingly Wesley.

Of his many life accomplishments, Joe was most proud of his joyous and fulfilling life with Rosemary who shared a forever love story, considering her his soulmate and best friend. They truly lived every moment with unconditional love and devotion to each other. They had ups and downs, but mostly tremendous adventure, fun, and laughter. While their struggles were many especially in his cancer battle, Joe and Rosemary were unwilling to give-up and lived a motto of “we will get through this.”

Joe was a true believer in the strength of God’s love which enabled him to live a life of sobriety for 35 years, never wavering from his commitment to God, Rosemary, himself, and his children. He was a very devout and religious man and deeply lived his Catholic faith in everyday life. He strived to be honest and dedicated to his customers. In his businesses, Joe led many teams of employees to excel and treated them as if they were his own family. He opened his heart and soul to others struggling with personal battles in life with loving words, mentoring, and financial support. Always, Joe had a smile, kind heart, and words of encouragement to others throughout his life whether family, friends, associates, or strangers.

In 1968, Joe was the owner of Mattingly’s Marathon and then founded Mattingly’s Automotive Repair in 1978 and ran this businesses for 41 years as president and active owner. He successfully partnered with his wife Rosemary to grow and sustain the business, and later with his son Steve who oversees the company today along with his business partner and long-term employee Norman Lewis.

Joe truly enjoyed life to the fullest especially as an entrepreneur and businessman with a tireless work-ethic serving the Owensboro community with integrity and quality automotive repair services. His adventurous side was lived through traveling the world to all six continents with his wife Rosemary over their 41 years, which was an accomplishment and passion. Joe was happiest when he was sharing their Rough River Lake and Sun City homes boating and creating memories with their loving family and friends. Joe was an avid collector of antique cars and spent countless hours restoring them to perfection. He was also an enthusiast for all things mechanical from Schwinn bicycles to building and restoring homes.

There is no doubt that Joe’s family, friends, and community will endure a great loss and longing, but they will forever have his love in their hearts and souls. He made them and this world a better place every day. They ask that you pray for Joe and his family and to celebrate his life each day by showing kindness, encouragement, and love as he did for so many.

It is also very important to recognize his wonderful neighbors and wide circle of friends who loved Joe and Rosemary, especially Leslie Phelps who was his care angel during this last six months. He was also blessed with loving care from Hospice of Western Kentucky.

To honor Joe’s precious life, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Healthcare. Visitation will be at Haley McGinnis Sunday, May 24, 2 – 8 PM , with prayers said 6 PM and funeral mass at Parish of Immaculate, Tuesday, May 26, 10 AM with burial following at Resurrection Cemetery.
Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Mattingly. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Joseph Raphael Mattingly and sign his virtual guest book by going to


Visitation: May 24, 2020 2:00 pm - May 24, 2020 8:00 pm

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

Prayers: May 24, 2020 6:00 pm

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

Funeral Mass: May 26, 2020 10:00 am - May 26, 2020 11:00 am

Immaculate Catholic Church
2516 Christie Place
Owensboro, KY 42301

Burial Service: May 26, 2020 11:45 am

Resurrection Chapel
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Trina, Mike and family – –
    So sorry about the death of your dad. His death will certainly create a void. My prayers are that our loving and merciful God will fill that void with blessings unnumbered. Cherish the memories that you’ve created – they will sustain you in the difficult times. May God encircle your family during this most difficult time. With sympathy,
    Carroll Adams
    OCHS 1990 – 2000

  2. Steve & Trina- so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers with you both and your families. Jimmy and I are here if there is anything we can do to be of assistance. God bless to you both.
    Respectfully and all sympathy
    Kim & Jimmy Judd

  3. Joe was such a blessing to everyone he met. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Love and prayers for Rosemary and family,

    Paul and Pam Porter

  4. So sorry for your loss Rosemary. What a wonderful, fun couple you were. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

  5. Rosemary
    I am praying for you guys
    Chris and I cannot make it to the funeral
    Know that we will be thinking of you
    May Joe Rest In Peace
    Love ya
    Kathy and Chris Hardesty

  6. Trina –
    Sorry for your loss. I know how much he was loved and will be missed. Thinking of you during this time and sending prayers.

  7. I love you Uncle Ray. Say hi to my grandpa & Dad. You will be missed till we meet again.

  8. Rosemary,
    So very sorry for your loss!
    I really didn’t know Joe except through you… every time you spoke his name and talked about what was going on, I could see the light in your eyes, you were truly loved by him, and he by you!

  9. My deepest symphony & prayers goes out to Rosemary & the Mattingly family. Joe was a absolutely a kind & wonderful man & was always there for everyone. Joe & Rosemary were one of a kind couple with true love for each other. Cousin Rosemary, my heart goes out to you!! If you need me, I am here. I will try to help you thru this as best I can. It’s one of the hardest things in life to lose your soulmate!! Put your faith in God’s hands! He is always with you especially at this time of your loss.

  10. Dear Rosemary and family,
    We know so many of you it would be hard to name each name, just know in your hearts you are loved and remembered by us. We feel your pain and know your loss. We counted Joe as one of our dearest friends. We will always remember the great times we had at Rough River. During this most difficult time we are offering prayers for all of you. Love you all Randy and Carolyn Porter

  11. What can I say but Rosemary and family you are in my heart and prayers. I love you all very much.
    Rosemary you told me that your life with Joe was something most women dreamed of. I believe you , Joe was a wonderful person and lived by many. You two together were a wonderful example of Christian Marriage. Cousin Rosemary…. much love.

  12. Rosemary, Tina and family: Please accept our condolences at this sad time. We are praying for y’all and that our loving God will wrap you in his love and bring your hearts healing and peace.

    Love, Julie, Evan and Sarah

  13. Rosemary and the rest of the family members. I am truly sorry for your all loss . Mr. Joe was a really nice person who I got to know through my stepdad William Early Sr.. Rosemary I am sending you lots of hugs and prayers to you and all of your family members .

  14. Rosemary, Steve and family
    So sorry hear of Joe’s passing. He will definitely be missed. Such a well respected, Godly man. Prayers for you all.
    My dad, Jim Haynes also sends his condolences.

  15. My deepest sympathy and prayers for Rosemary, Steve and all family members! I always held Joe in the highest regard. He was an outstanding gentleman and a true follower of Christ which was evident in his word and deed! He will be missed by many!

  16. Robert and I offer our deepest condolences. Joe was such a wonderful, hardworking man and we feel privileged to have gotten to know you both. We reach out to you with our deepest sympathies and prayers for the family.

  17. Lisa,
    I didn’t know your daddy, but I knew you and your love for him!
    My heart aches for your loss!
    BUT remember everything about him.
    Hardest thing ever! He will always be with you babe!!
    Sending love and prayers!!!

  18. Rosemary and family
    Sorry,for your loss. Joe was a good man. He always treated my dad right many years ago on Old Hartford Road. Than my late husband Jesse “Squeek” King and I did business with Joe. Joe was one of a kind.
    He will surely be missed by many people especially his family.
    Family are in my prayers. Love to all.
    Darleen King

  19. Our deepest sympathy to the Mattingly family. We always enjoyed running into Joe at Mass and around town. He will definitely be missed. A special condolence to Stacy, Brittany and Allyson.

  20. Our deepest sympathy to Rosemary and to all the Mattingly Family. We are sorry that we will not be coming to the visitation because of health reasons during this time, but please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God be with you. Bill and Sissy Lyninger.

  21. Susanne and family,
    So sorry for your loss and the difficult days ahead. God will soften the sting, and I know you know the promises of His word….Joe is not in any pain or sorry now. And you have a great reunion to look forward to! Prayers to everyone.

  22. Rosemary & family, Joe touched the lives of so many people & was one of the most genuine people we’ve know. We sure will miss seeing him at the farm & at rough. So sorry for your loss & keeping you all in our prayers.

  23. Rosemary & family, Joe touched the lives of so many including us & was one of the most genuine people we’ve known. We will sure miss seeing him at the farm & at Rough. So sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our prayers.

  24. Dear Rosemary, Theresa, Jenny, Scot, Brad, and Kathy,
    Our deepest sympathy to you all. There are no words to ease the pain of your loss of Raphael, as I knew him my whole life. You know though that there are so many people who love and care about you, and that will help you through this. God bless.
    Linda and Wayne Ballard

  25. Our deepest sympathy to Rosemary and the Mattingly family. We’ve known Joe for many years, was a great mechanic, very honest and easy going. May God bless you and may you find peace and comfort knowing Joe is browsing Heaven looking for all of his many family & friends. Theresa & Tony Payne

  26. Our deepest sympathy to Rosemary & the Mattingly family. We’ve known Joe for many years, he was a great mechanic, honest and easy going. God bless you, may you find peace and comfort knowing Joe is browsing Heaven looking for all his family and friends. Theresa & Tony Payne

  27. Rosemary so sorry for the loss of your husband. Many thoughts and prayers with you
    Sincerely, Karen Schwartz Richards

  28. Lisa ,
    so sorry about your loss , Joe was the nicest guy you could ever meet,
    and he always had something nice to say & treated people like he wanted
    to be treated . He will be missed by so many . In Heaven now & forever !

  29. Mattingly Family Sending my deepest sympathy to you all at this time of loss of such a sweet man. Joe always had a smile on his face. Keeping you all in my prayers .

  30. Rosemary, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and soul mate. Am praying for you and your family for God’s blessings to comfort you. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” Love has no bounds.

  31. With deepest condolences to the family and Steve. Joe was one of those people in life that when you cross paths you know that you have met a person of great worth and who had a deeply held faith. While living in Owensboro, it was our good fortune to know Joe and I am pleased to have called him friend.

  32. Larry Emery ( Retired delivery driver from Jasper Engines ) Steve, sorry to read about your father’s passing. Always enjoyed talking with him anytime he was at the shop. I’ll keep you and all the Mattingly family in my thoughts and prayers.

  33. Lisa. We at Perkins Dentistry are so very sorry for the loss of your dad. Please know we have you and your family in our prayers

  34. Rosemary, I am so sorry to see where Joe died, Joe was a good neighbor and always had a smile. Please have my heartfelt condolences, anything I can do for you please let me know.
    Joseph A. Payne and Mary Lu Payne

  35. Rosemary and family,

    So very sorry for your loss of Joe. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed by everyone. We pray God will heal your broken hearts and let you hold all of his sweet memories close in your heart.

    Coy and Mona Payne

  36. Rosemary & family. So sorry for your loss. It was a honour to have known you both. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  37. Dear Suzanne and Linus,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your entire family. Suzanne Gochenouer

  38. Love and prayers for the family . Jim (Bobby to most of his cousins) Mattingly 1942-1998) always talked fondly of all his cousins .. God bless those precious memories .

  39. I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Prayers and sympathy to you and your family.

  40. We are saddened to hear the news of Joe’s passing. Our love and thoughts are with Rosemary and the rest of the family each and every day. Our sincerest condolences.

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