Dr. William Matthew (Matt) Tomlin, Jr. was born to William Matthew Tomlin, Sr. and Ethel Hundley Tomlin in Bolivar, TN June 6, 1938. The family moved to Jackson when he was young, and he attended West Jackson Elementary School. Graduating from Jackson High School, he attended Union University, receiving a B. A. degree. Continuing his education, he received the Master of Divinity from Southern Theological Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. Later he received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern.
Matt went to his heavenly home November 1, 2022.
Throughout his career as a pastor, he served six churches in Tennessee and Kentucky and served as interim pastor of six churches after retirement. He served on several Tennessee Baptist Committees and taught Bible courses at Union University.
In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by two sisters, Rachel Tomlin Wills and Corrine Tomlin Bonds and three nephews. One nephew, David Wills survives.
In 1959, Matt wed Carolyn Ross Tomlin and they were married for 63 years. To this union were born two children, Cindy Tomlin Coulston Ray (Bill) and Kevin Ross Tomlin (Peggy). Six grandchildren include Veronica Coulston Minton (Jonathan), John Connor Coulston, Matthew Tomlin (Megan), Kerri Gillette (Jason), Brittney Neely (Sam) and Nicole Joyce. Eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Matt loved books and often read one-a-day. Favorites were mysteries and westerns. The western station with reruns of Gunsmoke were special. Prior to a big test in graduate school, Matt often read over his notes once, went to a movie, then got a full night’s sleep.
He loved red neckties, fishing the Missouri rivers with best friend, Dick Wakefield, and a good rib-eye steak. He loved his family and friends and spent many hours sharing stories and jokes. A grandson said, “No one could preach like Granddaddy!” Matt loved preaching and teaching Bible history. His two rescued dogs, Hemingway and Annie often climbed up in the recliner where they napped together.
Our family is grateful to Sugar Creek Senior Living Community in Brownsville for his excellent care and especially, Herbert and Clarence, his sitters, who took care of him. Victor Love often drove Matt around town, and they reminisced about Jackson.
SERVICES: A funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, November 4, 2022, in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors, with Reverend Randy Kellogg and Reverend Larry Murphy officiating. The family will be receiving friends beginning at11:00 am.
Donations, in his name, may be made to Woodland Baptist Church, 885 Woodland Church Road, Brownsville, TN 38012 or the charity of one’s choice.
Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, Jackson, Tennessee 38305