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Heike Geist
12 years ago

I dearly think of the sand in Matt's face in Hawaii. With all the squinting and that smile. It was right cute. We shared a birthday together. Just a few years seperate us and he got the better looks. Good Speed Matt. Thanks for the laughs, and the caring of Lori, Scott, Melissa, and good ole Gumby. We Will, always remember you in our hearts and minds.

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Beth
12 years ago

I worked with Matt at Outback a good 4, 5 years ago. He was such a sweet, helpful, young gentleman. Always made me smile and lift my spirits when he knew I was down. RIP Matt.

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Heike Geist
12 years ago

I am so glad that I got to visit Lori last fall, and now even better that Matt was home from Iraq for his two weeks of R&R. I got to see that that sheepish boy with the dimply smile, who had a blast dunking his sister and my daughter Hope in the pool – with the help from Andrew and Hope’s brothers- , had now become an awesome young man. We had some nice conversations and I so glad I had the opportunity. It hurts my heart to know Matt left way too early. Bunches and bunches of prayers to Lori, Melissa, Andrew and the rest of his family.

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Sabrina Cagle
12 years ago

I went to school with Matt for my high school years, we had nearly every class with each other my junior and senior year, and we had the same birthday which we always bugged each other about, he always said i stole it from him lol. He was one of the best ppl I have ever met, would help anyone and always tried to make you laugh and he could no matter your mood was. He is one person I will greatly miss. My prayers are with his family and friends.

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Hillary Scherer
12 years ago

Matt, we're all going to miss you so much. There were times when you would be driving me crazy but then have me laughing by the end. You were the kind of friend that everyone should have and I'm happy to know that you were a part of all our lives.

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Christina Martin
12 years ago

I worked with Matt a few years ago at Outback. I remember he was always making me laugh and cheering me up when I was in a bad mood. Matt was the sweetest kid there ever was and he had the biggest heart. My condolences to his family...I know that he will be missed.

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Mom - Sissy
12 years ago

Thank you, Christina. I was hoping his Outback buddies would somehow find this site. If you guys could locate Yanis (spelling?). He and Matt had a good relationship - I don't know how to contact him. Can you help out with this? Matt's Mom

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Christina Martin
12 years ago

I already called Yanis and his wife Angel yesterday and Yanis was very upset to hear the news. He says that if there is anything, anything at all that he can do please just let him know. His number is 770-639-1469.

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Aunt Micki
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Kirstin Steward
11 years ago

What a truly precious photo <3

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Jacob Kietzer
12 years ago

I never thought that somebody i have never seen in real life could affect me in this way. He was a great friend and i am very saddened by this. It wont be the same with out him i will tell you that for sure.

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Kelly Walewski
12 years ago

I also knew Matt from WoW. Such a great person who could always make me smile. It is funny, how you get to know someone from playing a game with them. I'm so glad I got the chance to get to know him. My heart goes out to your family, rest in peace. Kelly a.k.a. Brissee

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Kayla Stamm
12 years ago

I knew Matt from WoW... He has a big loving heart and an even bigger sense of humor.. No matter what my mood was he could make me laugh and smile... The conversations we had about beeing in the service, He Army And me Marine... Well u can just guess how those went..LOL Matt was a great man and i know he is in a better place now.. my heart to yours Matt.... Love Kayla aka Lumi

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Dan Perenia
12 years ago

It's hard to believe how an online game can bring people close to one another. We know Matt as Carcius, his online game name in the World of Warcraft, and I've had the privilege and honor of getting to know him. One of, if not the most caring and honorable people that I know. I will always cherish him as a great person, a beloved Guild Master, and a dear friend. My condolences to the family for their great loss. Dan a.k.a. - Otera/Madyx (Apex GM)

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Josh L.S.
12 years ago

Like others I knew Matt in a different way. We became friends through WoW. Though our positions in the game couldn't be more different it didn't matter we got along just fine. We respected eachother I came to respect him more when i found he was serving our country just as my father had so many years ago. I am proud to say I knew him and was his friend even for a short while and it saddens me he is gone. I know you are in a better place now and I can only hope u keep that bright funny guy attitude so many of us came to know. Our hearts go out to you Matt. Rest In Peace my friend. Joshua A.K.A Akuma

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Ian Sullivan
12 years ago

I knew Matt in a different way than some. I met and became his friend through WoW. We fought almost constantly but was all in good fun. Mainly me slamming the Army and him hitting me back with something about the Marine Corps. You will be missed my brother in arms. Ian AkA - Zero

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Melissa Payne
12 years ago

My most recent memory of my dear cousin, Matt, was when he visited my family in Gainesville, GA. He came to our house and played with my daughter, Allie Claire. He had his walking boot on and she was very curious about it. We explained that Matt had a "boo-boo" on his foot and, of course, she thought it needed a bandaid. Matt just laughed and beamed with that dimpled smile as my 2-year-old put a bandaid and a kiss on his walking boot to help his foot feel better! Matt had a great smile and genuinely cared about everyone around him. He is deeply missed and will always be loved! Your cousin, "Big Melissa"

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Uncle Jimmy
12 years ago

You jumped off the back of my couch and you jumped up and down on my bed. You raced up and down my stairs and round and round my yard. You laughed so hard that you lost your breath and then laughed all the harder because of it. Oh, how you captured our hearts! Give Matteo one of your hugs for me and tell Blackie he is still my good boy.

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Mom - Sissy
12 years ago

Boy, would Matt just shake his head at me now if he knew I was stupid enough to put in a blog under Aunt Micki's name. Like an blubbering dingbat I just started typing and it wasn't till I submitted my blog that I realized that I had signed in under her name. Oh well, it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things - does it? I have so many happy smiling memories of my boy. He had much more to contribute to this world but is now in heaven watching out for all of us. He was truly an "old soul" in a young man's body. I know many people were proud to know him and I am so very lucky he was my son. I'm going to miss his GREAT BIG BEAR HUGS - sometimes they hurt he would squeeze so tightly! Matt was someone you could really talk to and share things with. I know he loved me dearly as I him. There are so many people that Matt touched and his family would love to hear stories. So please, everyone share them with this Mother's heart and mind. I'm going to miss him. Matt's MOM!

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Aunt Micki
12 years ago

Oh, where do I start....it's endless. Matt, I know you're in heaven smiling down upon me - and I know you are telling me not to cry and that you're okay. I know you are but a mom can't help but miss his boy. My heart is shattered and I'm going to miss you so much. I hope to see all the ways you celebrated your life with this web site. I'll love you forever and ever, Mom

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Judy Gower
12 years ago

Matthew was always a gentleman and very kind, polite and sweet. I feel honored to have known him and to be close to his dear family. No words here can heal the broken hearted but comfort and love are offered. I can only imagine what it is like in Heaven, can't wait to see you again. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will £dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

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Mom - Sissy
12 years ago

Judy, Thank you! He respected you and Brian very much. Matt's Mom

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Brad Keller
12 years ago

I'm always going to remember the Myrtle Beach trip I took with you, Andrew, your mom, and Tank back in Middle School. It was me and the three baldies lol. I'm going to miss you, Matt. You have always been a great friend. Love, Brad Keller

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Aunt Micki
12 years ago

Matt could lift a piece of furniture with one arm and melt with my heart with one hug. My life is richer because you loved me.

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Jennifer
12 years ago

I will always remember how you made me laugh. You and your family will always be dear to me. I am not going to say you were a great man, brother, son, friend...because you are still all these great things and will always be. We will all miss you deeply...but I wouldn't want to take away your happiness for anything. I know you are having an amazing time in heaven. Love, Jennifer R. Humphries

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