Matthew Holbrook

August 22, 1974May 4, 2013

Matthew E. Holbrook, age 38, formally of Kingsport, TN, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013 in Charlottesville, VA. Matthew was a Kingsport native and the son of Ann Holtzclaw and the late Ron Holbrook. He was employed by New Virginia Tractor company, Orange, Va. Matthew was a former Eagle Scount, an Army ROTC Gold Bar Recruiter at U.T., a member and past president of the Columbia West Rotary Club.He graduated from Sullivan North High School in 1992 and from the University of Tennessee in 1996. He proudly served his country in the United States Army where he was a captain. Matthew was also active in the Army Reserves. Other than his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, L. G. and Hattie Smith Holbrook; maternal grandparents, Sidney and Minnie Edwards Cussins, along with several aunts and uncles.

Survivors, other than his mother, Ann Holtzclaw include his 2nd dad, Tommy Holtzclaw; sons; Jackson, Nolan and Preston Holbrook; the mother of his boys, Julie Reynolds Holbrook; brothers and sisters; Jennifer Stapleton and husband Marty, Sheri Shaffer and husband Tim, Daniel Holbrook and wife Jessica, Hannah Hanson and husband James, Sarah Laguardia and husband Tom, John Holtzclaw and Joel Holtzclaw and wife Amanda; nieces and nephews: Bo Logan, Petyon Shaffer, Breanna Stapleton and Riley Holbrook, along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and treasured friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 5:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m. at Orebank Missionary Baptist church. A Celebration of Life service for Matt will follow at 7;00 p.m. with Pastor David Foster, officiating. Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in East Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be David Price, David Laney, Steve Frazier, Steve Odom, Matt Nolen and Jim Clark. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 12;45 p.m. for the service.

In liew of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Matt Holbrook Son's memorial fund, c/o Knoxville TVA Credit Union, 2518 East Stone Drive, kingsport, TN. 37660.


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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January 6, 2014

Dear Matthew
This year will be hard without such a dear friend. I miss your southern charm making me laugh long conversations when you were traveling. I will miss you always and keep you alive in my heart. Pray for the boys may they remember the precious father you were and keep wonderful memories alive. Love, Beth


December 4, 2013

Ringing in the holidays have a somber note this year, thinking of you so much. Thanksgiving knowing you'd eat the dessert first. Hattiesburg today where you spent much of your Army time & traveling 49 when an 18 wheeler came barreling toward me jumping the median with you on the line, talking me off the ledge. Memories every single day, My sweet Matthew. I can't call you but you haven't left me for a day. That's so you...your ma'am.

Katie Wiggins

November 28, 2013

On this first thanksgiving without you, I'm missing you so very much. I'm thankful for the time that I was able to spend with you, although it seems too short of a time. I'm thankful for the relationship that we had and mourn for the future that we didn't get to have. I always love you and will miss you for the rest of my life.

David Titus

November 28, 2013

Rotary was special when you always had a positive smiling face for us to see. We all remember you as a very special friend. Rest in peace.

November 28, 2013

I miss your calls! Your voice and sweet face will forever be imbedded in my mind. Love you Mattie!

Sheri Shaffer

November 28, 2013

Dear Sweet Brother Matthew, I will never be a wonderful poet like yourself, but I couldn't pass up the chance of wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving on your first in heaven. I miss and love you so much, I miss our conversations both by phone, texts, emails but I hold dear the ones in person the most over cups of coffee. Even though you were younger than myself, you always were able to teach or tell me something I didn't know or had forgotten whether it was history, something in our lives that you gave me advice on or just sitting and talking about our childhood and the pranks you would pull on us and all of us on each other and laughing so hard our coffee would come out our noses. I always looked forward to our early morning coffee at my house, I never figured out if it was because I had a pot that you didn't have to wait until fully brewed to get a cup or because you and I both liked our coffee strong (like tar) You are in heaven now and I have my memories. These times are the hardest and I miss you so much to the point I feel guilty at times because I know mom loosing her son has to be harder than myself loosing a brother. I would do anything to have you back for just a day, hour, or minute just to have a cup of coffee and conversation. I cant wait until we are united again in heaven, but until then give Dad, Mamaw, Papaw, and so many others a hug and kiss for me and keep strumming that guitar in heavens choir and singing like you did and blessing so many people here on earth with both as well as you being there for so many people. Love and miss you dear brother. Your sister, Sheri

Suzanne J

November 9, 2013

So sorry to hear of Matt's death......he made such a difference in the lives of a LOT of young people!!! I know my children loved hanging out with him!! Heaven's a richer place today.

Alicia Ann Day

August 22, 2013

Wishing we could celebrate your birthday together. The hole in my heart simply won't mend. I miss you so very much, my friend. Until we meet again...

David Redding

August 1, 2013

I just learned of Matthew's death today, and I am shocked and very sad. He called on me when he was a pharmaceutical rep, and I always enjoyed talking with him. He was a real neat guy, and we had a lot in-common.

Mary Wiggins

June 2, 2013

It's been a month now, Matthew and you are missed more than ever. Praying for continued healing for your wonderful family and friends.