Condolence & Memory Journal

I can agree with your Mom, Matthew. It hasn't gotten any less sorrowful in having lost you. It still hurts deeply. I miss you - my greatest friend.

Posted by Robert Sabatini - Santa Fe, TX - My Greatest Friend   July 06, 2014

Almost 2 yrs and no it hasn't gotten easier. I love u

Posted by Patricia Wright...mother    May 18, 2014

Matt and I went to Walmart one evening to have a spare key made for his new apartment. When we arrived at the counter, there were no Walmart employees there. After waiting what seemed like hours, we went around the store looking for someone to assist Matt. Without any luck, we returned to the counter where keys are made. I picked up the phone and started looking for buttons that would allow me to use the walmart PA system. No luck there, but Matt found the magic button and blew into the phone a couple of times to see if it worked, it did!

Matt handed me the phone and I made a public address by saying:

"Attention Walmart Employees, there are customers waiting at the automotive / battery counter that need a key made"!

Matt could not control himself, laughing while not believing that I actually made that announcement over Walmarts' PA system.

One of many great times with Matthew.

Posted by Robert Anthony Sabatini - Santa Fe, TX - Friend / Brother   July 03, 2012

Matt and I went to Walmart one evening to have a spare key made for his new apartment. When we arrived at the counter, there were no Walmart employees there. After waiting what seemed like hours, we went around the store looking for someone to assist Matt. Without any luck, we returned to the counter where keys are made. I picked up the phone and started looking for buttons that would allow me to use the walmart PA system. No luck there, but Matt found the magic button and blew into the phone a couple of times to see if it worked, it did!

Matt handed me the phone and I made a public address by saying:

"Attention Walmart Employees, there are customers waiting at the automotive / battery counter that need a key made"!

Matt could not control himself, laughing while not believing that I actually made that announcement over Walmarts' PA system.

One of the many memorable times with Matthew.

Posted by Robert Anthony Sabatini - Santa Fe, TX - Friend/Brother   July 02, 2012

I saw Matthew last about a month ago. I'll never forget our last conversation. We mostly caught up with each other asking how work was and how we were doing. Then he told me we should go see a movie sometime and I replied "Yeah we should." Except we never got the chance to go. I will always remember his smile and the memories we have shared. He was such a great friend to Shawon as well as to the rest of my family. I still can't believe he is gone. Matt I just want you to know I love you so very much. I will never forget you and you will always be in my heart. Until I see you again.

Posted by Vicky Smith - pasadena, TX - Sister   July 01, 2012

Patricia and family, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that you have comfort and peace during this time in your lives.

Posted by Barbara hammac - Bullhead City, AZ   June 30, 2012

Although I only met Matthew a handful of times, he was always very polite & friendly. I feel very privileged to have known him! I know he will be missed.

Posted by April Cook - Bernice, LA - Cousin by marriage/friend   June 30, 2012

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Patricia, Tiomthy, and Jonathan

Who would have thought on that first day of Kindergarten Matthew and Shawon would have become the best of friends to the point of being brothers. The two had a frienship like no other and soon they became family. We are blessed to have such a wonderful person (Matthew) that touched our lives as he did. He always gave of himself. Shawon loved and cared about Matthew as he did for Shawon. There are many times they have been there for one another. Shawon needed Matthew as much as Matthew needed Shawon. Matthew will be greatly missed by us all, but he will never be forgotten. You raised a wonderful boy into a great man. Thank You for allowing him to call me mom. My sincerest condolences. Love and hugs to you all.

Posted by Donna Smith - Pasadena, TX - AKA: Mom   June 30, 2012

Matt,
Your my brother's Best Friend/Brother. You've been close to my Family since I was born, and i've known you my whole life. You watched me grow up, and you were always like another Brother to me. You started calling me Sissy the name My Dad/Pops(as you called him) and Shawon would call me, and Your Family told me that you would say I was like the Little Sister you never had. I'm going to miss you Matt and i'll Never Forget You. I Love You Brother.
-♥-Sissy Your Little Sister
And I would like to offer my Condolences to Patricia, Timothy, and Jonathan.

Posted by Samantha Smith - Pasadena, TX - Little Sister   June 30, 2012

Matt
You started out my little brother's best friend, and over time you became a part of our family. I watched you grow up as I watched Shawon grow.. Im very proud of the man you became. I will always remember your smile and laugh. I'll never forget the times we spent together, and will always be grateful to you for choosing Shawon as your brother.
I love you Matt..
and to Patricia, Tim, and Jonathan I would like to offer my condolences.

Posted by Jessica Parker - Pasadena, TX - friend and a sister   June 29, 2012

I never thought I would be having to say something like this so soon. I miss you Matt. I will always love you and you will always be on my mind. Momma Patricia, I love you and I will always keep you in my prayers. I love you Tim, Brit, Reagan, Piper, Jonathan, Taylor and Delilah. Ya'll will always be in my prayers!!! I love you guys!!!!

Posted by Alyssa Tague - La Porte, TX - Friend   June 29, 2012

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Patricia,Tim,Jonathan and Sis Pozzie...I'm so very sorry for your loss, my heart feels for you all..Matthew touched so many of our lives. I know, there are no words to ease your pain, I guess God...needed another angel in heaven. He'll always be with each you, in your hearts, cherish his memories...his smile, his laughter..will live on through each of you. My deepest heart felt condolences, just know, your in my thoughts and prayers....zes

Posted by Suzie McDaniel - Deer Park, TX   June 29, 2012

Dear Patricia,
No words can tell you how very sorry I am. you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and peace.

Posted by Lou Powell - Kimball, NE - Friend   June 28, 2012

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Dearest Patricia,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of one of your beloved sons. I pray for you and the entire family.
I pray that God can give you strength to help you through this difficult time. May God comfort your heart and guide you through this difficult time.

Patricia( Trish) Hardin

Posted by Patricia(Trish) Hardin - Humble, TX - Friend   June 28, 2012

Patricia,
My heart and prayers go out to your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Vernell Trevillian - Pearland, TX - Friend   June 28, 2012

Of the almost 12 years I've known you Matt you have always been real with everyone you know. Never have I seen you become someone else or even follow the status quo, I love you for that and I wish I would've spent more time in your company. No one will forget you, your name is etched in the memory of our minds.

We all love you.

Posted by Jesse Deaver - Baytown, TX - Friend and brother-like   June 28, 2012

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Dear, Sis Patrica, Tim, Johnathan and Sis Pozzie...

My heart aches and crys for yall at this time of loss, words don't come easy at this time...Altho I never got to meet Matthew I know in my heart that he was a wonderful son, brother, and grandson that you could ever ask for. May God bless you all at this time and comfort you now and the years to come the pain won't go away but with God he can help yall thru it, We don't know or understand why that this young life has been taken but we do know that God has another beautiful flower in his hand.... John and I love yall and will be in our prayers.

John and Amy Peoples- Nelson
Wyatt

Posted by Amy Peoples-Nelson - Siver Springs, NV - friend of the family   June 28, 2012

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Matt,
We don't have too many memories but the ones we do have ill cherish forever. You were like a second little brother, friend and family. You would always act like a brother and try to get me to pull my shirt up lol. I know you were just trying to show me i could be more lady like. Thankyou for the things you have done and for our stupid little fights we had at times. You were so close to our family. My brother and yourself have been friends since your first year of school. Were all very blessed to have had the honor to meet you. You have come so far in making your life better for yourself. Ill forever miss you. Im so lost for words and have done the best i can to be strong and not show my emotions. You have taught me and have shown me that i can do anything if i set my mind to it. Just as you have done for yourself. I love you and i Will miss you dearly.

Posted by Amanda smith - pasadena, TX - friend and sister   June 28, 2012

Matt, I'm glad I had the privilege to know you even though it was for a short amount of time. You were a great person. Patricia, I can't express how sorry I am for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Zach McGee - Houston, TX - Friend   June 28, 2012

i love you matt and will miss you sorely my best wishs to his family in this time of need.

Posted by Jacob Robles - pasadena,TX, TX - very close friend   June 27, 2012

Patricia Iam so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Larry Barbara Harkins - St Albans, WV   June 27, 2012

Patricia,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I did not know your son, but if he is as sweet as his mother he was precious. May God bless you and your family. We love you and we will keep you in our prayers. I wish we could come but we cannot, but we will be thinking of you.
Barbara Grein

Posted by Barbara Grein - Pasadena, TX - church family   June 27, 2012

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Matt will always be loved and missed very much so by me and his family and friends. He was and still is my best friend and my brother i will always remember all the good times we had together. Matt and i never fought and it was kinda hard to when we are both so much alike and had the same views on things. I will never forget Matt because I will always remember him for who he was and for what he had become.

Love you so very much from your brother Shawon A Smith

Posted by Shawon A.Smith - Pasadena, TX - Brother   June 27, 2012

I don't have the words to tell you how much we love you and will miss you.

Posted by Brandon Cremeans - Deer Park, TX - Friend   June 27, 2012

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Our prayers go out to the entire family during this time. Your whole family has always held a special place in my heart and always will. I pray for God's peace, love and comfort to abound in your life right now. My thoughts are with you. Love and prayers, Terina and Joseph Adkins and family.

Posted by Terina (Harkins) Adkins - Winifrede, WV - Family Friend   June 27, 2012

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Patricia, I was soooooo sorry to hear about your loss!! I will be out of town this weekend at a woman's retreat with my church, but please know you have been and will be in my thoughts and prayers! I love you and know I am here for you if you ever need ANYTHING, even if just to talk.
Love you! Paulette

Posted by Paulette Bennett - La Porte, TX - friend   June 27, 2012

Our deepest pray for u and family we r with u in spirit and pray,weeping may edure for a night but joy will come n the morning light and Jesus is the light, we the Mt Zion Church pray that the Comforter will bring u comfort n this time of sorrow and we of the faith sorrow not as the world but realize there will be family reunion n the near future in the heavenly of our Saviour and family member that have went on before us, so b at peace and realize our redeemer live so we can face tomorrow and He promise not 2 put no more on us than we can bear, so take comfort I pray in these small word from your brother and son.

Posted by Kevin Dones - Tenaha, TX - Brothr in Christ& Friend   June 27, 2012

Hey Matt, as you're travelin through the Universe I know you'll be watching over your loved ones man. And well we are all gonna miss you, a whole ton and many more. Thanks for being real and comin out to our shows, We are gonna play our song Wake Up for you this friday since you dug it and whatnot. Well, Float on brother, I'll be missin yo pretty face :)

Posted by Ricky Dee - Pasadena, TX - Good Buddies   June 27, 2012

The heart remembers most what it has loved best. May memories comfort you and bring you peace. My heart reaches out to yours, with love, with sympathy, with caring. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Posted by Shannon Fox - Deer Park, TX - Friend   June 27, 2012

I Have always felt Matt was Zac's brother from another mother. He will be missed. We loved him and was very proud of him. Miss Pat and Zac Balmer.

Posted by pat and zac balmer - deer park, TX - best friend   June 27, 2012

YOUR FAMILY IS IN OUR PRAYERS.

Posted by LISA STROTHER BANISTER - PASADENA, TX - MATT'S FRIEND'S MOTHER   June 27, 2012

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My heart and prayers go out to the entire family. I know he was a special person to many many lives. Love, Dianna

Posted by Dianna Curtice - Katy, TX - friend   June 27, 2012

My prayers are with your entire family that God would comfort your hearts as only He can. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that you are all experiencing right now. May God's peace surround you now and the days ahead.
Blessings,
Francine Jacks

Posted by Francine Jacks - Friendswood, TX - Friend of Tim   June 27, 2012

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WANTED TO SAY I AM SORRY FOR YOU ALL LOST...MY HUSBAND PAUL WORKED WITH MATT AND HAS SAID SOME GOOD STORYS ABOUT HIM... JUST THE LITTLE I KNOW OF MATT HE WAS A GOOD PERSON AND HE WILL BE MISSED...

Posted by BOBBIE AND PAUL MARTINEZ - pasadena, TX - FRIEND   June 27, 2012

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Dear Patricia, Tim and Jonathan,
We just wanted to let you know how sorry we are to hear about Matthew! It is times like this when we wish that we lived closer so that we could be there with you! We love you all and you are in our thoughts and prayers!

Posted by Dwight, Wanda Ashley and family - Middleport - Cousin   June 27, 2012

Matt,
It's hard to believe that you're gone. Please watch over your horsemen, your family, and everyone else who's life you touched. They love you. Rest easy.

Posted by Larkin Seymour - Pasadena, TX - Friend   June 27, 2012

Matthew, I will never forget the first time I met you. I think you were only 7 but I remember you being the sweetest kid ever. Event though I lost touch with your family, it hurts my heart to know that you are gone. And my heart aches for your family. I am praying for their comfort and peace. Thank you for leaving a footprint on the road of my life.

Posted by Wendy Chang Norris    June 27, 2012

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Matthew,

Your friendship, sincerity, honesty and admiration has lifted me up and given me strong beliefs to renew and sustain my faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. What you did for me in my Life shall never be equaled. I would only ask you a simple favor, and that is to watch over me and be a guardian for the rest of my Life, and then we shall meet again for eternal Life in Heaven.

Posted by Robert Anthony Sabatini - Santa Fe, TX - Best Friend/Little Brother   June 27, 2012

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Dear Matt,
I met you around October 2010 so a year or so, and that year was a good time to spend with you. Shawon loves you and it hurts to see you go. You may be gone but not forgotten by sooo many people. You touched our hearts and left your mark in ways. You will be dearly missed! :(

Your friend,
Brittany S.

Posted by Brittany Sowden - Channelview, TX - Friend   June 27, 2012

My heart and thoughts are with you. Life will never be the same. I'm pleading with God to give you comfort.

Posted by Regina Davis - Marshall, TX - family   June 26, 2012