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The sole purpose of this website is to memorialize Matthew Alan Dobbs. Matthew was born in Albany, Georgia on January 16, 1987 and become an angel on January 07, 2007 at the age of 19. He leaves behind many loved ones, memories too few, and a life yet to be lived. 


Because Matthew was so young when he become an angel, there is not much to define a legacy nor am I sure if he knew he was supposed to leave one behind. We will never know.

So, I will define Matthew's legacy to the best of my ability. I'll start with his unconditional love for his family and genuine desire to make others happy. As a sibling, an older one at that, of course, we fought. There were times we would go at it for hours like cats and dogs but when all was said and done, we were joking around as if neither of us had ever called the other the "ugliest butthole", or "meanie", or "milkman's child". He was the most forgiving and understanding person I knew yet he was oblivious to his selfless action. It come naturally: to love, to care for, to forgive, to help. Emotions were undefined; The way he lived was an innate desire to better the lives around him.

An addition, well three, to his legacy are his children. Matthew had one thing in mind when he awoke, went to sleep, to work, the grocery or corner store and that was his children; Haley, Madison, and Landon. Although, he did not have a chance to see Landon grow to be the little boy he is today, he still did everything he could to please that little boy and his girls. With his last dollar, he would buy Haley that pack of M&M's she wanted so dearly, or that lollipop for Madison, a little stuffed animal or the blanket cherished today for Landon. Again, everything he did come back to his innate desire to better the lives around him: his children's lives.

To complete his lagacy, in my eyes, Matthew left this world having instilled a new idea of love in the lives of his family. Some would think of love as being a feeling of trust, care, passion, and desire all mixed into one emotion. Matthew showed that love is a feeling, an action, a way of life. He defined the idea of unconditional love. He never saw hate, or barter when it came to love. If you didn't love him, he still loved you. Love for Matthew was give, never give and take. He lived simply and wanted for nothing except for that extra hour under the hood of his car, or that extra night of staying up late and watching movies with anyone that would stay up with him, an extra moment to say, "I love you" to his babies, or just that extra day off to run down to the creek and fish with his sidekick, brother, and best friend, Chad. And he deserved it.

One more day and maybe he'd be satisfied but still, we'd be wishing for one more day.



-Only Passing Through-
Space and time are vast and endless in God's divine infinity,
Touching galaxies and planets that you and I can't see.
But someday when in Heaven, perchance that I may see it all,
'Tis the spar of time spent here on Earth, with deep emotion I'll recall.
For I've found joy and laughter here, I've met pain and sadness, too.
I found friendships I hold dear and enemies I've known were few.
My faith and my endurance have been tested everyday,
I know that I have faltered and I've stumbled on the way.
The many steps I feared to take, through faith I learned to dare.
And humanly I've made mistakes, I've made more than my share.
But I've grown to know my maker, and to Him I pray alone,
And when my stay has ended here, He will come to take me home.
Together we will travel as the swift and gentle dove,
Taking with me, only the precious gift of love.
I will keep it with me forever, for all eternity,
In the memory of my dear ones and how much they mean to me.
For when my Father calls me home, then go is what I will do,
I cannot stay forever here, I am only passing through.


WHO YOU'D BE TODAY
Sunny days seem to hurt the most.
I wear the pain like a heavy coat.
I feel you everywhere I go.
I see your smile, I see your face,
I hear you laughin' in the rain.
I still can't believe you're gone.

It ain't fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell that I've been through,
Just knowin' no-one could take your place.
An' sometimes I wonder,
Who'd you be today?

Would you see the world? Would you chase your dreams?
Settle down with a family,
I wonder what would you name your babies?
Some days the sky's so blue,
I feel like I can talk to you,
An' I know it might sound crazy.

It ain't fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell that I've been through,
Just knowin' no-one could take your place.
An' sometimes I wonder,
Who you'd be today?

Today, today, today.
Today, today, today.

Sunny days seem to hurt the most.
I wear the pain like a heavy coat.
The only thing that gives me hope,
Is I know I'll see you again some day.

Some day, some day, some day.

When tomorrow starts without me and I am not there to see,
if the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me,
I wish so much you would not cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things we did not get to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
and each time you think of me I know you'll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an Angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand.

And said my place was ready, in Heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away a tear fell from my eye
for all life I'd always thought I did not want to die.

I had so much to live for and so much yet to do,
it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while,
I'd say see you later and kiss you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be
for emptiness and memories would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things that I'd miss come tomorrow
I thought of you and when I did my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through Heaven's gates I felt so much at home
When God looked down and smiled at me from His great, golden throne.
He said, "This is eternity, and all love promised you,
Today your life on earth is past, but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last
and since each day's the same day, there's no longing for the past."

So when tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart
for every time you think of me,
I'm right there in your heart!

 

FROM LACI:

With a burdened heart and a troubled mind
I kneel by the side of his grave,
And I cry for my brother whom I love so much
For no longer can I be brave.
I know he'd hate to see me cry
But everything has gone so wrong,
And I need to tell him I love him
I haven't told him in so long.
He used to dry my tears away
And put a smile in their place,
Oh, how happy I would be
If I could only see his smiling face.
You see, I miss him terribly
We were close, he and I,
And now without him here with me
Inside, each day I die.
Why did he have to leave me
I feel so all alone,
I long to hear his voice again
Or just to call him on the phone.
Oh, Lord, please give me strength
To bear this awful, awful pain,
Tell Matt I love him Lord
And slow these tears that fall like rain.
Assure me that we'll meet again
Upon your Golden Shore,
And again he'll be my brother
In Heaven forever more.






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Tributes and Condolences
Halloween  / Geniene Gardener
Matthew
I know that this was your & Laci's favorite holiday and Laci has shared with me some of the pranks that the two of you used to play.
Your sister misses you so much and her heart is with you always.
I know that you are wat...  Continue >>
Thinking of you   / Jill Carter (Friend/Sister)
Thinking of you Matthew and the family. We miss you!  Love you and I'm working toward seeing you again one day. Jill
Miss You.   / Nikki Harrell (Cousin)
Honestly who ever would post that under Matt's name is sick. It's not a laughing matter no death is. In all honesty it's sick point blank. But on higher notes Matt i never knew you but i hear you were amazing. And i miss you and i hope you are in pe...  Continue >>
To Matthew   / Heather Clanton (Sister)
Dearest Matthew
I hurt for you and I hurt for all of us. I am very selfish in wanting you here today but I would gladly and proudly trade my life to bring you back. Four years is a very long time to not see you. I thought that I felt you in the ...  Continue >>
I wish this for you all!   / Michael DeMuro (Sister Lindsey is my Sister in law )
Time sure does pass us by. Yet it seems like only yesterday that Matthew was taken from this world. I never got to meet him and sure wish I had. I have met his children and they are wonderful. I believe Matthew is happy that his family is so giving...  Continue >>
A brief glimpse of what death feels like:  / Laci Dobbs (Sister)    Read >>
I Miss You Matt!!  / Jill Carter (friend)    Read >>
The Tin Man  / Matthew's Loved Ones     Read >>
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His legacy
A life not lived...  

     Because Matthew was so young when he become an angel, there is not much to define a legacy nor am I sure if he knew he was supposed to leave one behind. We will never know.

     So, I will define Matthew's legacy to the best of my ability. I'll start with his unconditional love for his family and genuine desire to make others happy. As a sibling, an older one at that, of course, we fought. There were times we would go at it for hours like cats and dogs but when all was said and done, we were joking around as if neither of us had ever called the other the "ugliest butthole", or "meanie", or "milkman's child". He was the most forgiving and understanding person I knew yet he was oblivious to his selfless action. It come naturally: to love, to care for, to forgive, to help. Emotions were undefined; The way he lived was an innate desire to better the lives around him.

     An addition, well three, to his legacy is his children. Matthew had one thing in mind when he awoke, went to sleep, to work, the grocery or corner store and that was his children; Haylie, Madison, and Landon. Although, he did not have a chance to see Landon grow to be the little boy he is today, he still did everything he could to please that little boy and his girls. With his last dollar, he would buy Haylie that pack of M&M's she wanted so dearly, or that lollipop for Madison, a little stuffed animal or the blanket cherished today for Landon. Again, everything he did come back to his innate desire to better the lives around him: his children's lives.

     To complete his lagacy, in my eyes, Matthew left this world having instilled a new idea of love in the lives of his family. Some would think of love as being a feeling of trust, care, passion, and desire all mixed into one emotion. Matthew showed that love is a feeling, an action, a way of life. He defined the idea of unconditional love. He never seen hate, or barter when it come to love. If you didn't love him, he still loved you. Love for Matthew was give, never give and take. He lived simply and wanted for nothing except for that extra hour under the hood of his car, or that extra night of staying up late and watching movies with anyone that would stay up with him, an extra moment to say, "I love you" to his babies, or just that extra day off to run off to the creek to fish with his sidekick, brother, and best friend, Chad. And he deserved it.

     One more day and maybe he'd be satisfied but still, we'd be wishing for one more day.

 
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