Matthew Petty

Matthew Layne Petty

Friday, October 17th, 1980 - Thursday, December 31st, 2020
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Matthew Layne Petty passed away December 31, 2020, at the age of 40. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew.
Matthew had an insatiable curiosity and a love of life. He was an extraordinary athlete excelling in football and baseball. His love of sports continued throughout his lifetime. Matthew was fearless and loved the outdoors participating wholeheartedly in the Boy Scouts. Only he could be relied on as the ultimate navigator with his impeccable sense of direction.
Matthew continued to learn everything from history to sports to Bible. Ever the wordsmith, his dictionary collection didn’t have a single binding or cover left intact. He shared the “word of the day” with his family before it became pop culture. Matthew held his family captive with perfect recall of childhood stories and memories that only his eidetic memory could recount.
Matthew was passionate about music and loved live band performances. Music was an essential part of his day and he loved every genre. He took pride in his extensive collection of unique playing card decks.
His love for his family, his beautiful mind, his great sense of humor will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew him best.
He is survived by his mother Millie Petty, sisters Teri Selby (Bill) and Rachel Allen (Brian). Nephews and nieces: Erica Capers-Moon (Mark), Eli Selby, Emma, Laycee, and John Layne Allen. Great nephews Wyatt Capers and James Moon. His uncle Mike Slaughter (Terri).
He is also survived by his father Terry Petty (Charlotte), sister Valerie Kelly (Nick), brother Matthew Clay. Nephews and nieces: Alana, Olyn and Audrey Kelly. Grandparents Roy and Barbara Petty.
He is preceded in death by his brother T.J. and his grandparents Willie and Lillie Slaughter.
Because of the current COVID-19 restrictions a private memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers please send donations to M.R. Davis Southaven Public Library.
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Adam Fair

Posted at 11:04pm
Matt and I were really good friends growing up. Actually a lot of my childhood memories involve Matt in one way or another. I was always amazed at his athleticism and will never forget his infectious laugh( I can hear it now)!!. That boy loved to have fun and wanted to make sure you did too. Most folks knew how good he was at sports but I also remember what a great pant tight-roller he was. 😆 He always had the best tight rolled jeans. And if mine were looking sloppy he would fix me up first thing before school. He was that kind of friend.
Thanks for all the memories bud. Prayers for your family.

Daryl Thomasson

Posted at 10:04pm
Matt and John played ball from age 6 when we met him and his family. He escorted Jennifer in one of the homecomings and I still look at them. He loved music and it was usually loud!! I know he is in his grandmothers arms. Probably singing. Our family will miss him. Love to Millie, Teri and Rachel and thie families. Love Daryl

Jeff Lambert

Posted at 07:30pm
I’m so sorry to hear about this. Matthew and I were good friends growing up. We went to school together and played sports together. We played baseball year after year, competitive and rec, and luckily i didn’t play against him very often. He was the hardest throwing pitcher and the hardest hitting batter. He threw the ball so hard the other team stood in amazement and fear when he was warming up (actually we all stared in awe at most of the stuff he did on a field). It seemed effortless for him whether it was baseball, football or just playing in the yard. He was always the best. You won’t be forgotten. RIP Matt

Bill Selby

Posted at 03:58pm
I remember the first time I met Matthew was with Teri at one of his baseball games when he was young. You could see he was one of the best players on the field and how much he really loved being on the field. He had such a joy of all things sports and never hesitated to always want to talk about whatever sport was in season when we were around each other. I’m thankful that we were able to share those things we both enjoyed as much as we did. I have to think there is a heavenly baseball field beyond this earthly life where he is batting fourth and probably the starting pitcher. And I’d be willing to bet that his coach’s last name is Selby...
You’ll be missed my brother

Debra Myers

Posted at 11:17pm
I knew Matthew almost all his life. He was the “little Brother”. I have memories of him banging on the family panino as a toddler to him running around the yard with a football and a football helmet that was too big for him to see. I watched that little boy grow into a man. Sometimes it’s hard to understand GODS plan but we can all take comfort in knowing we will all be together again someday. Until we meet again Matthew. fly high and rest easy. We love you and you will forever be missed.

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