Austin Tyler Matulevic

July 16, 1998April 21, 2018
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Austin Tyler Matulevic, 19, of Thomasville, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018. A resident of this area all of his life, Austin was born on July 16, 1998 in Randolph County, a son to Joshua Eric Matulevic and Stacy West Wilbanks. He attended Wheatmore High School where he excelled in wrestling. Austin loved the outdoors, riding motorcycles, hunting, and fishing. He never met a stranger and enjoyed making new friends. No matter what Austin did, he always had a big heart and gave his best. Austin was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Joseph (Dink) West; paternal grandmother, Pamela Wilbanks; paternal grandfather, Roger Tordoff; and aunt, Amber Wilbanks. Surviving are his parents, Rodney Wilbanks, Stacy Wilbanks, and Joshua Matulevic; two sisters, Kailey Wilbanks and Keetyn Welborn; two brothers, Rylan and Connor Matulevic; maternal grandparents, Grace Sessoms, Clayton Sessoms, and Gail Cox; paternal grandparents, Tammi Tordoff and Rodney Wibanks, Sr.; maternal aunts and uncles, Stephanie and Chris Maness, Ronald and Missi Nelson, and Haley Cox; paternal aunts and uncles, Desiree and Josh Nance, Jaeda Tordoff; and Chris Todd; and cousins, Payton Pruitt, Preston Maness, Heaven Maness, Alexis Maness, Karaline Nelson, Julia Nelson, Jorja Nelson, Samantha Nance, Beckett Nance, Raelyn Williams, Jagger Williams, and Madison Todd. A celebration of Austin’s life will be held at 11 am Saturday, April 28 in the chapel of Thomasville Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 pm Friday, April 27 at Thomasville Funeral Home. Thomasville Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  • Stacy Wilbanks, Mother
  • Rodney Wilbanks, Father
  • Joshua Matulevic, Father
  • Kailey Wilbanks, Sister
  • Keetyn Welborn, Sister
  • Rylan Matulevic, Brother
  • Connor Matulevic, Brother
  • Grace Sessoms, Grandmother
  • Clayton Sessoms, Grandfather
  • Gail Cox, Grandmother
  • Tammi Tordoff, Grandmother
  • Rodney Wilbanks Sr., Grandfather
  • Stephanie and Chris Maness, Aunt and Uncle
  • Ronald and Missi Nelson, Aunt and Uncle
  • Haley Cox, Aunt
  • Desiree and Josh Nance, Aunts and Uncle
  • Jaeda Tordoff, Aunt
  • Chris Todd, Uncle
  • Joseph (Dink) West, Grandfather
  • Pamela Wilbanks, Grandmother
  • Roger Tordoff, Grandfather
  • Amber Wilbanks, Aunt
  • Austin also leaves behind cousins, Payton Pruitt, Preston Maness, Heaven Maness, Alexis Maness, Karaline Nelson, Julia Nelson, Jorja Nelson, Samantha Nance, Beckett Nance, Raelyn Williams, Jagger Williams and Madison Todd to cherish his memory.

  • Rodney Wilbanks
  • Joshua Matulevic
  • Ronald Nelson
  • Chris Maness
  • Preston Maness
  • Mason Byers


  • Visitation Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Celebration of Austin's Life Saturday, April 28, 2018

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Norman Zimmerman

April 27, 2018

Thank you for the opportunity to know you. Norman Jude Zimmerman

Jeannie Poole

April 26, 2018

I am so sorry, there are no words that I can say to help you, I am hear to listen and try. I also love seeing Austin with Tyler and the Johnson Family, getting in the pool always very respectful.. This is the worse journey you as a parent will take, I loss my younest son in 2005 and my Middle son in Jan. Austin you will be missed sending lots of love, thoughts, prayers and hugs . My heart aches for your family and friends


April 26, 2018

I didn’t know Austin very long, but it didn’t take long to be impacted by his fun loving personality. We lost a good one, way too soon. If more people were like Austin, we wouldn’t lose people like Austin like this. To his family: I am sorry, and you have my thoughts and prayers.

Desiree Nance

April 26, 2018

Austin. I'm finally writing you a letter. And it hurts to say these things. I will never forget your amazing smile, and the sparkle in your eyes that melted me to pieces everytime, making even the wrong right. Please send us signs everyday that your with us. Please protect your sisters and brothers, your mom and dad, and Rodney. Just always be with them. I love you so much your my baby. This is the hardest week of my life so far. I miss you, this can't be real. Just know I will forever cherish the short time I had with you, from your laugh to your walk, to your hair. There's always a what if.. but please help us accept the what is, and be able to continue living this life. Until we meet again.. dang. That hurts..

Sherri Powers

April 26, 2018

My heart truly goes out to this family. I can only imagine the pain from all this and y'all are in my prayers. Austin and I were really close, closer than what alot of people would have thought and I'd have to admit that he meant alot more to me than many others. I'm going to miss the EVERY day check up phone call I would receive from him just to make sure I was ok. The memories I have of us are so amazing and I WILL ALWAYS keep them close by and carry them with me any and everywhere I go. I love you Austin Matulevic (aka LiL' Tully), and you will NEVER be forgotten baby boy!

*This is for You, Austin....*

The moment that I heard you died, my heart was torn in two, one side filled with heartache, the other died with you. As I lie awake at night when all the world’s asleep, I take a walk down memory lane, with memories that I keep. Remembering you will be easy, but missing you is what hurts; and that type of pain I believe never goes away. So in my heart is where I'll forever hold you tightly and thats where you'll remain. At least until my life on earth ends and we can meet again.

Cindy Compton Ford

April 25, 2018

Josh and Tammi, and all of Austin's family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember you all from many years ago at Brookwood when you Josh were just a lad. Prayers and much love from all of us, Brenda, Kelly, Ryan, Bryan, Andy and Cindy. My heart aches for you all.

brody lee

April 25, 2018

thoughts and prayers, the good always go first, i remember me and austin and a couple other buddies use to have some good times from 5th grade up till 8th grade we was the best of friends. youll be missed buddy, watch over all of us. i know tyler will miss you alot too bro.

Iris Humble

April 25, 2018

Stacy and family, remembering you in my thoughts and prayers.