Joel Arliss "Matt" Matthews, Jr.

Born in Nashville, TN on August 6, 1956

Departed on May 12, 2019 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Joel Arliss “Matt” Matthews passed away in his bed May 12, 2019, a quiet Sunday afternoon.

He was born August 6, 1956 to Joel Arliss Matthews Sr, and Glenda Vanderpool Matthews, in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. In the following sixty-two years he graduated from Cohn High School in 1973 and went on to have a successful and lengthy career in retail field leadership concluding at Dollar General.

Joel had many passions, but none greater than the love he had for his family. He loved music. He played bass guitar with his son, and collected and repaired vintage audio equipment. He had a special appreciation for sixties-era music including Hendrix, Zeppelin and the Beatles. Joel shared this love with his wife and soulmate, Mary Alice Reep Kirby, who in turn shared with him a love for travel. This paired well with his spirit, and together they attended concerts internationally.

Joel will be remembered by his enormous heart, his great sense of humor, and his unique and creative spirit.

In addition to his parents, Joel was preceded in death by his son, Joel Franklin Matthews, and his sister, Pat O’Neil. Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Reep Kirby; a daughter, Jennifer Becker; grandchildren Heather Matthews, Yvonne Matthews, Christopher Becker, Sophie Becker and Chloe Yonkosky; sisters Tina White, and Darlene Hope; and a nephew whom he loved like a son, Michael Nevin. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday, May 17, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., at Hendersonville Funeral Home. Gathering of family and friends will be held Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral hour, also at Hendersonville Funeral Home.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Dollar General Literacy Foundation P.O. Box 1064 Goodlettsville, TN 37070-1064.

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8 Comments to Joel Arliss "Matt" Matthews, Jr.

  1. Beverly Rocha
    May 14, 2019 9:02 pm

    It’s been a long time since Joe and I have been together but I have never forgotten the good times we had throughout our childhood. I will always remember playing around the huge Oak tree in Big Mama and Big Daddy’s yard and all the fun we had. Sending my prayers and our Lord’s holy angels to comfort the family.

    Love to all,
    Beverly (Matthews) Rocha
    Renee Hogan
    Ricky Rocha

  2. Michael nevin
    May 15, 2019 9:41 pm

    You will be missed more than you know.
    Way to many memories to even try to post.
    I love you man

  3. Dick Vogel
    May 16, 2019 5:57 am

    Mary Alice we are so shocked by your loss. The two of you were so full of happiness. We know Joel will live in your heart always. God Bless

  4. Theresa Reep
    May 16, 2019 6:27 am

    Thank u being the best brother in law. Thank u for making my sister happy.

  5. Kathy Chestnut
    May 16, 2019 9:38 am

    We were honored to meet Matt during his California visit. The two of you shined with love for each other as you spoke about your traveling adventures and love for music and vintage stereo equipment. We still have a difficult time believing he is not here with us but know he is now with is beloved son and parents. He was so proud how he found your wedding ring at a vintage store from the 20’s era. Our prayers are with you cousin during this time of loss. You both shared so much love together. Hugs and love you ❤️ Love, Chestnut family

  6. Teon Boies
    May 16, 2019 1:32 pm

    Though I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Matt, I think he was a wonderful man. Reason being is the happiness and love that radiated from him whenever he was pictured w/ my colleg friend, Mary Alice. Also the fact that Mary literally glowed when they were together. Only a wonderful soul could radiate such love. I’m get chocked up thinking of how she lost him so quickly, I’m so glad your entire marriage was one long honeymoon. My thoughts and prayer are compassionately given for Mary and for the rest of Matt’s family. I have no doubt he was a fine man.

  7. Kim Eden
    May 16, 2019 10:20 pm

    Mary Alice – I am so very sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  8. Cindy Barnett Reese
    October 21, 2019 11:50 pm

    When I met him in Jr High School. We called him Joe. My first real boyfriend. We have always been good friends. When he worked for Eckerds he initiated my now husband to be hired and then he transferred to Fl. I had always wanted to live in Fl Brkng thd great friend of a lifetime that he was he made my dream come true. He was 14 years old when I met him. And I can vouch he was always a caring, bighearted , upstanding person that loved animals. I haven’t seen him since his sobs funeral But knowing he is no longer here breaks my heart. Joe , I will always love and miss you

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