Matthew Paul Wiley, 31, passed away in his home on Wednesday, May 31, 2018, following an extended illness.
Born in Atlanta to Ann and Warren Wiley on February 5, 1987, Matthew soon became older brother and hero to
baby sister, Hannah, born just a little over one year later. Matthew’s animated childhood quickly foreshadowed
his future as a comedian to all those whom he would encounter, especially to his parents and Hannah.
Matthew cared deeply for his family and friends, often expressing such through his natural talent for humor. Also known
for his innate ability to relate to those closest to him, Matthew always knew just what to say to elicit a smile,
and usually a laugh, when others needed it most. Even in his last days, Matthew showed concern for his family
and friends’ well-being more so than his own, and he continued making them laugh until he passed.
Spending most of his life in Jesup, Matthew used his natural talent and passion for graphic design and
photography to further his career after graduating Wayne Co. High School in 2005. Self-taught, with no formal
training, Matthew designed logos for numerous restaurants, as well as created an entire catalog for a small
business, revolving solely around his own photography, original graphics, and digital design.
Before he passed, Matthew worked in cabinetry for Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, where his coworkers would also call him
Four years ago, Matthew married Devin Todd of Jesup, and the pair shared a love of film, experimenting with
new recipes, adopting and fostering cats, and travel. Matthew and Devin particularly enjoyed beach trips with
friends, and Matthew’s love of photography shines brightest in his portraits of his wife in nature. Their most
unforgettable trip to New York City forthe defined the couple’s journey together and created lasting memories for
the two. Just as all his other loved ones, Matthew could make Devin laugh like no one else.
Those who knew Matthew best would not define the young man by his work, but by his one-of-a-kind
personality, including a devotion to good music, comedy, film, and a thirst for politics. There was simply no
one quite like Matthew who could spin a current event to open others’ eyes to a fresh perspective; he just had
Predeceased by his father, Warren Wiley, Matthew is not only survived by his wife Devin; mother, Ann, and
younger sister Hannah, but also his older sister and brother-in-law Tanya and Danny Bradley; nephews Owen
and Benjamin, and niece Naomi. Survivors also include a strong network of friends built over the years, all of
whom would classify Matthew as family.
As per Matthew’s wishes, family and close friends will celebrate his life and honor his memory at a private
memorial at a later date.
Please contact Howard & Jones Funeral Home for information regarding remembrances.