Matthew Curtis WatleyJune 6, 1984 ~ August 7, 2021 (age 37)
Matthew Curtis Watley, 37, of Amelia, went to be with his Eternal Father on August 7, 2021 after a 16 year battle with Dermatamyositis.
Matt, known as Porkchop in his teenage years, lived a life full of faith and surrounded by those he loved most. A deacon of Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church for roughly the last 10 years, Matt displayed the definition of what it meant to trust in God, which was such a blessing and comfort to himself and his family.
So many years of helping his parents, Kim and Troy, run Namaw's Restaurant ensured that Matt knew everyone, and everyone knew and loved him. With an overflowing personality and an optimistic smile always on his face, you couldn't help but love him. He never met a stranger, and loved to help others.
After graduating from Amelia County High School in 2002, Matt became employed with Lowes in Chesterfield, where he stayed until he became ill. Matt later attended John Tyler Community College, inspiring his family as he continued to carry on, showing only courage. In his spare time, he was passionate about amping up his sound system in his Ford Ranger, racing jet skis, and coaching soccer for the Amelia Parks and Rec youth teams. Then and now, you wouldn't dare try to beat him on any of his XBOX games; you'd never stand a chance.
Matt leaves behind his most treasured possessions: his parents, Kimberley Steele Watley and Troy Watley, his sister, Melissa Watley, and nephews, Robert and Cobie Watley, all of Amelia. Matthew's life was made full by his family, who selflessly dedicated themselves to ensuring he was always taken care of. Matt is also survived by maternal grandparents Patricia and Ralph Steele, of Amelia, as well as a host of extended family and friends, including his faithful nurses, Sandy and Sarah.
Matt is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jerry and Bernice "Snookie" Watley.
While we wish that "Uncle Matt" could have stayed with us forever, we know that God had other plans, and are grateful that he isn't hurting anymore. He fought the bravest and toughest fight possible, and his family could not be more proud of him for the 37 years of happiness he brought to their lives. Memories made at the ocean with Matt, one of his favorite places to be, will never be forgotten.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hillsman-Hix Funeral Home in Amelia. Private services will be offered to the family on Friday, August 13. A public Celebration of Life will be held on August 21 at 1 p.m. on the soccer field behind the Hindle Building in Amelia. We encourage everyone to wear Matt’s favorite color, lime green.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Matt’s memory to local veterans charity, vettrack.org or the Amelia County Parks and Rec.