John L. Matthews, 64, Jewell, died suddenly Saturday. He was born June 9, 1947 in Manhattan to Walter L. and Genevieve L. Matthews. After living in Trinidad, Colo. and Paola for 10 years, the family returned to Manhattan. He graduated from Manhattan High School in 1965. John began working for Southwestern Bell Telephone as a lineman in Manhattan in 1966; after working several different positions, he was promoted in to management there in 1976.