Matthew Lonnie Mead

Born: Thu., Jun. 22, 1972
Died: Sun., Aug. 21, 2016


Visitation

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Aug. 24, 2016
Location: Vidalia Chapel


Funeral Service

6:00 PM Thu., Aug. 25, 2016
Location: Vidalia Chapel


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Mr. Matthew Lonnie Mead, age 44, of Vidalia died late Sunday evening, August 21, 2016. Matthew was a native and lifelong resident of Toombs/Montgomery County. He was a graduate of Vidalia High School (1990) and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BA in criminal justice. Matthew was the senior lending officer and vice-president of Altamaha Bank and Trust and served as treasurer of Vidalia All Sports Boosters. He also graduated from the Toombs/Montgomery Leadership 2015/16 Class. He was a devout and dedicated volunteer coach at Vidalia Recreation Department for the past 15 years. Matthew was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Vidalia First United Methodist Church, where he formerly served as Sunday School superintendent. He was a devoted husband, father and son.

Mr. Mead was proceeded in death by his paternal grandparents, Henry and Gladys Mead, and his maternal grandparents, Lonnie and Lucille McBride.

Matthew is survived by his spouse, Heather Mead of Vidalia; children, Anslie Mead, Landry Mead, Matlin Mead, and Myra Lige Mead, all of Vidalia; parents, Talmadge and Lonnette Mead of Vidalia; sisters, Lisa Conley (Mark) of Statesboro, and Cindy Skaggs (Jim) of Savannah; grandparents, Richard and Jean Thompson of Vidalia; and sister-in-law Jodi Reynolds (Alton) of Swainsboro. Several other relatives also survive.

Funeral Services for Mr. Matthew Lonnie Mead will be held Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM at Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel with Reverend Robert Greene and Reverend BL Horne officiating.  Interment will follow at North Thompson Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel on Wednesday evening from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Vidalia All Sports Boosters, c/o Altamaha Bank and Trust, 206 Jackson Street, Vidalia, GA 30474.

Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Tami Warnock Britt
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Heather, Mr.Talmadge and family, My heart goes out to you and your family and my prayers are being lifted up for the loss of Matt. God bless you as you go through this time of grief, and healing process. Love you Tami

Angela Morrison Davis
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you Heather and family as you go through this tragic loss. I thought so much of Matt. He was always so nice and never without a smile. I pray the Lord will wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace and comfort as only He can.

Connie James Brown
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Heather, you and your family has always been very special to me. God's loving spirit is with us now and every step of life's journey. My prayers are with you and your children and the rest of your family. Connie

Jarrod Windham
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family as you go through this tragic time.

Tracy Taufmann
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Heather and family - my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this hour of need. We met Matt 3 mths after moving here and he was a great coach to Alli. He went on to coach her All Star team and then on to coaching her travel team with the HERicanes. He was great with the kids, always striving to better them and always with a smile. Matt and Trey just coached Rec ball together this spring. Wow. I just can't believe this. Through all this I got to know you, Heather, and your kids. And one thing was clear - you were head over heels in love with your husband. You were such a great wife for Matt. May you look to God for all the strength you will need in the coming days. I pray for you and your children to come out of this darkness - together and stronger than ever.

Beverly Day
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Dear Heather,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

Pat & Rebecca Ethredge & family
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
To know Matt was to love him. He always wore a smile and had such a gentle spirit. He will be missed! Praying for you all.

Randall & Sherri F. Cooper
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bruce & Brenda Herndon
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Heather, my heart goes out to you & your precious family during this time of sorrow. May God bless & comfort you in the days ahead.

Kim Barker Phillips
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Berri Howard
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Heather & Family,
Cannot express the sorry at hearing this news today, just know that we are lifting you all up in our thoughts and prayers!

Shane Bell
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
On behalf of me and my family, I would like to let the family of Matt Mead know that you are in our hearts and prayers.
I met Matt 3 years ago at Bank School and enjoyed getting to know him over the years.
It was a pleasure to know Matt and he will be missed.
Shane Bell Family
Dawson, GA

Lisa Dees and family
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Praying for you and your family.

Sam Warren
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.

Banking School classmate.

Warren Family
Valdosta, GA

Benny,Wanda, & Madison Johnson's
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time..

Glenn & Mary Flowers
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family at this time. May God wrap his arms around each of you and carry you through the days ahead.

K Hutchison
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Heather, I am so sorry to hear the news about Matt. He was such a special person to me, always had a sweet smile. May God wrap you and your children so close in his arms.

Jessica Meade
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. We pray the love of GOD enfolds you and we send thoughts of comfort.

Jamie, Jessica and Jenna Meade

Marilyn Rish
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
I remember Matt and his Mama and Daddy when we all hunted at Warsaw watched him grow up. So sorry for you all . He will be missed

Stephanie Tiller Jones
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Praying for your family at this time. We are all brokenhearted. We love you Matt and you will be greatly missed. I speak for myself and VHS Class of 1990.

Sylvia Moore
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
To the family my condolences and prayers goes out to your family. Matt was a very nice man he always spoke to me when I worked at McCords. He will be missed. Heaven has gained a great angel.

Deborah/Alice Davis
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
Heather, Papa Mead, & family we are very sorry for your loss!! My heart is swollen with grief over this & hard to accept!! Matt & Papa Mead helped my mom & me when nobody else would or could & that meant alot to us!! Our families go back all the way to my grandfather Deacon Willie Troupe, Sr. buying cars from Papa Mead up until now doing business with Altamaha Bank & buying vehicles from Matt too!! My heart goes out to you all & I pray to God to give you all strength & courage to be strong!! We love you all like FAMILY always!! If you need anythin or if you need us, please call us!!

Leslie Wolfinger Rowland
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
I am saddened to hear of Matt's passing. I went to High School with him, and could always count on a joke or a smiling face when I saw him. Prayers for All the family, Leslie Rowland

Sheree Prestridge
   Posted Mon August 22, 2016
I am so sorry to hear the news of Matt passing. I attended UGA Banking school with him the past 3 years and our group was really close. From conversations we had....he loved his wife and children dearly. He talked about travel ball a good bit. My prayers are for his precious kids and wife Heather as they try to understand why it happened.my prayers are with you!

martha kight
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Talmadge our hearts are full of grief for you and the family, so sorry to hear this tragic news. May God wrap his arm around y'all and give you the peace and comfort you need. I lost a husband and understand how that feels but never a child. In case you wonder who this is , we went to school together at Kibbee. Martha Will Smith, lot's of old memories. I pray for understanding for you.

Nita Thigpen
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather and family,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Matt. May God be with you and your children during this time and help you through this dark time. Just know that HE is their always. God Bless!

Nita

Alison REGISTER
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Dear Heather and children, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Saddened for your loss. With love, Keith and Alison Register

Gary & Sharon Tapley
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Praying for comfort as only God can provide..he was our friend and we will certainly miss him. God bless you all. We are so so sorry.

Robert and Gail Mead
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Matt was always with a smile on his face and we always enjoyed being with him at family gatherings. May God give you strength and comfort.

Kim Green Ruff
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather and Family,
I am so sorry to hear that Matt passed. He was such a great person and always smiling. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family.
Kim Green Ruff

VHSClassof199

Amy Osborne
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather, Ansley, Landry, Maitlyn and Myra, and family:
You are in our thoughts and Prayers for the days to come. Please know that God will help you where you allow him to.

Chris and Amy Osborne, Morgan and Emily

Lisa & Dale Smith
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather,
My heart breaks for you and your family. Praying for your comfort, strength, and courage only God can provide during this time.

Doug and Ella McCusker
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this sad time in your life
Doug, Ella McCusker and Family

Linda Bell English
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
I have known Matt since he was a young boy. To me, he was the epitome of what every young man should strive to become. He was a pleasure to know and an asset to his community. My heart is broken over this tragic loss. My prayers are with his family. I pray that God will bring to them the peace that passes all understanding.

Michaela McCoy
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
I am so honored to have known and worked with Matt. He was always so nice, smiling, and eager to lend a hand. I always admired what a good, hardworking man he was and how much he loved his family. Always showing pictures of his kids and talking about their accomplishments...... He was so proud. I pray that his family can find peace and comfort in knowing how respected and loved he was by everyone in the community.

Gloria Thigpen
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
I don't know how to say how very very sorry I am for each of you. I don't want to think of the loss of a husband, a father, a son or a friend. All of that has happened and each will miss Matt in a very different way. I pray that God be with each and every one of you and that he "carry" you as you travel this path. I especially pray that he lift you up for the next few days as you say a good bye to a loving father, husband and son. May he extend his mercy on this family and give them the comfort that only he can give for what is going to be a "real loss" to each for the rest of their lives.

George & Naomi Argo
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
To the Mead Family, we are at a loss for words. May God wrap his arms around you, guide and lead you through this very difficult time.

Wade Johnson
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
This is such sad news. So very sorry for the entire family. My family and I enjoyed our time with Matt and the whole Mead family at the bank conference this past summer. He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

Flora Torres
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather, my condolences to you and the family. Matt was a good man who will be missed by many. Words cannot express the sadness in my heart for what you and your family are going through. You are all in my prayers.

Travis Hill
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
To the Mead Family:
I am very sorry to hear of Matt's passing. He was such a nice and professional gentlemen. I had the pleasure of attending banking school with him and getting to know him over the last 3 years. He was a real blessing to each of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Jimmy & BJ Davis
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
We are so very sorry for your loss...we loved Matt as if he were our son too. He was so kind and always had good things to say. Please know you are in our prayers and we love you all.

Jennifer Mills Stephens c/o 1990
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather, sincere condolences to you and your precious children. Know that Matt and you are loved by many. He will be missed and that smile was so contagious. I pray that you will feel how much you are loved and that you will be able to feel Jesus' arms wrapped around you!

Wendi Helms
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
I graduated from the GBA Banking School with Matt this past May. He was truly a nice guy and will be missed by many. May God comfort you in the days ahead.

Hilda Copeland
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
My prayers and condolences are with each of you during this sad time and in the days ahead. I pray for the Lord to grant to each of you a peace that surpasses all understanding and strength to match. We dont know why things happen as they do, but rest assured God does, and one day soon we will all know that answer. It is not God's will that we suffer like this , but He does know the future and He knows the path that He desires to take each one of you down. Hold fast to the hand of the Lord and though you feel the pain of this loss, the Lord will bring you through it. Hold fast to His hand. Matt was a good friend, a good man. He will be missed.

Beth Morris
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Eric and Whitney Lindsey
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that each of you seek. We are thinking about you all.

Missy & Sandon Wright and Kids
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather & Family,
We are praying for you and we are so sorry for what you are going through. Sandon and I think the world of Matt! I just want you to know that Matt was one of my favorite classmates and one of the BEST and most outstanding of us all! Our class of 1990 is hurting right along with you. We all will miss him terribly! He is truly loved! If you need any of us, my family or his classmates, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us! You are not alone!
Sending hugs and love! Missy …Class of 1990 forever!

Andy Johnson
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Matt. I had the pleasure of knowing Matt from Banking School and he was such a pleasure to work with. I will miss him deeply. Prayers sent from the Johnson family.

Hiawatha Banks Henry
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Talmadge and entire family,
My heart is breaking for you. I am praying for God to strengthen you in the days and years ahead. My son died at the age of 18 and was also buried at North Thompson Baptist Church.
With much love,
Hiawatha

Leesa Anderson
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather, although I don't know you personally, I knew Matt from GBA Banking School, as well as other banking functions. My heart has been aching for you and your precious children!! I have been praying that God will comfort you and help you to bear the pain that must be so deep in your hearts right now. May you find comfort in knowing that there are many, many prayers being prayed for each one of you! And may the awareness of the grace and love of the Lord carry you through the days, weeks, and months ahead!

Mitch and Susan Shook
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
We are so very sorry to hear of Matt's passing. He was a pleasure to work with at the bank. He was a kind, generous soul.

Tina Knight Manning Jones
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
So terribly sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time of need.

Kim Clift
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather, You don't know me, but I am Ashley and Allison's mother. I am continuously lifting you and your precious children up to Jesus during this time of such great loss. I have heard so many wonderful things about Matt. I pray God will give your sweet family sweet rest as only He can. May the God of all Comfort wrap you all in His wings of love like the softest of blankets and give you His peace that passes all understanding! I am putting you on my permanent prayer list because I know God will be doing some great things in the lives of you and your children as you have suffered so much. In Jesus Love, Kim Clift

Martha Ann Thigpen
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
I taught Matt Industrial Arts at Trippe Middle School. He was a joy to have in class. Everyone liked him. He was always smiling and very respectful. I know that you are hurting and I pray that God will give you peace in the coming days. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. May God bless you.

Ken & Monica Burns Akins
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Sending Love and Prayers to all !

Andy Flowers
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather,
I have known Matt the last three years through a GBA Senior Lender Roundtable and I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your kids are in my thoughts and prayers. Matt will be greatly missed by our group.
Andy Flowers

Wayne and Kathy Davis
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kirk Scott
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
I met Matt at Georgia Banking School 3 years ago and am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. I know the coming days and weeks may be difficult but remember God loves you and your family.
Deepest sympathy,
Kirk Scott and family
Warner Robins, GA

John & Judy Talton
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
Heather, We are so incredibly sorry. Our girls remember Matt fondly in high school as a great guy & undoubtedly he continued as a man of integrity who was so well thought of in Vidalia & beyond. Hold on to the good memories. We're sure there are many. God will see you through this and know we will be praying for you in the months ahead. We send our love.

Greg and Mary James
   Posted Tue August 23, 2016
To the Mead Family,
We were so sorry to hear about Matt. We just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sue Rustin Grisham
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find comfort in our lord, Jesus Christ.

Tonia Boswell, (Soothing Sensations)
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
Heather and family,
We here at Soothing Sensations send our deepest sympathy. I cant imagine what you are going through but I know it is not easy. We will keep you all in our prayers, if there is anything you need please do not hesitate to call us. God Bless you all.

Brooke Salter
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
So sorry for your loss Heather & family. Thinking of you and sending prayers.

Philip G. Williams
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
Matt was among the kindest people I know. He loved his family, always offered a smile and worked very hard. I had the opportunity to witness his courage and dedication in the face of very frightening and difficult circumstance. He was someone whom I am am proud to call a lifelong friend. I pray God's peace and comfort for Matt's family in these difficult days and hope for a future filled with cherished memories of a great husband, father and man. Philip

LAJUAN & CARSON FLOWERS
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
LONNETTE, TALMADGE AND FAMILY,
OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. MAY GOD KEEP HIS LOVING ARMS AROUND ALL OF YOU.
LAJUAN

Wendy & Mart Conner
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
Heather,
Thoughts & prayers with you and your family at this difficult time.

Trey & Jennifer Davis, Jake, Jackson, & Kensley
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
There are no words - please know your grief is shared by a wide circle of people who were fortunate to know and love Matt. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Joe and Debbie Fletcher
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
Praying for the entire Mead family. So sorry for this terrible loss. You are in our thoughts. Bless you.

Jackie Castleman
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Talmadge and family, my heart goes out to you during this incredibly sad time for your family. I remember Matt as a child and young person and a "boyfriend" of Julie's when they were young. He grew into a fine man and served his community and family well. Walking through the shadow of death of a child is one of the hardest things humans sometimes have to do; however, with God's help and the support of family and friends, the journey is made a little easier. My prayer is that God will surround you with His love during the coming months.

Judy Braswell-VanScoy
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
Talmadge and Family, We are so terribly saddened by the news of Matt's death. Although I am a native of Vidalia, I had been gone for many years, and we first met Matt at our attorney's office when we were buying our home here in Montgomery County. He came over and introduced himself to us with an enormous smile and a warm handshake. I asked him who his father was and he told me; I mentioned that I had known you and Doug, who had been at one time in Vidalia school. It was such a pleasant meeting; however, we were greatly surprised when he came to our new home with a huge basket full of locally grown goodies and a box of Vidalia onions. We were just floored by his graciousness, and there our friendship began. Matt even came out and met us at the Altamaha Bank when we opened an acoount there. From that point on, we saw him in many places, and no matter how busy he may have been, he stopped to speak to us and called us by name. He was a true Southern gentleman with a big heart, and we shall miss his presence. May God give you comfort this very day and those that follow.

Stephanie Vinson Chambers
   Posted Thu August 25, 2016
I am saddened to hear of Matt's passing. Matt, as I remember him, was such a kind and gentle person. His family will be in my prayers.
VHS class of 90.

Jeff & Tammy McGowan and Family
   Posted Fri August 26, 2016
Praying for your family during this difficult time and the days ahead. Know that GOD can provide peace when nothing else can.

Chess & Gayle Moxley
   Posted Fri August 26, 2016
Heather
I know without a fault you are one of the strongest women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We will continue to lift you and those babies up In prayer for many days to come. Please know if you need anything let us know.

Esteen Merritt
   Posted Fri August 26, 2016
Praying for your family during this difficult time.

Mary Burns
   Posted Fri August 26, 2016
88Lonnette ,I am very,very sorry about your son

Val Holton
   Posted Fri August 26, 2016
Heather, My prayers and thoughts to you and your precious family. I got to know Matt the last two years while in Athens at GBA Banking School. What a quiet soul with a grin on his face each time I saw him. He became part of our Banking School class and we have such fond memories of him. May you find comfort that only God can provide, but know that he will be missed by so many.

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