Aaron Robert Matlock, Sr.

aaron matlock, sr.

June 9, 1962 ~ March 23, 2021

Born in: Blythevile, AR
Resided in: Grayson, GA

Aaron Robert Matlock, Sr. was born on June 9, 1962, in Blytheville Arkansas to the late Hermon and Emma Lucille Matlock. Aaron was the youngest of seven children born of this couple Aaron made his transition from this earthly life to his next life on March 23, 2021. He touched the lives of many from coast to coast on his earthly journey.

At an early age, Aaron joined St. Luther Missionary Baptist Church and later joined New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church under the pastor ship of the late Dr. W.D. Carr. Aaron answered Gods calling to proclaim His word.

Aaron received his early education in Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, Mississippi. In high school was active in ROTC and upon his graduation he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on September 9,1980.

Aaron was united in holy matrimony to Cherlynn Manns Matlock on June 16, 1984. From this union of 38 years, 3 children were born. He served his country receiving a mass array of distinguished awards, letters of recognitions, medals, ribbons and achieving the rank of Chief.

After 22 years of service Chief Matlock received his honorable discharge, then began his second career with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC.

He continued to grow in the fullness of the Lord serving under the leadership of Bishop Wesley T. Cherry Sr. of Word Alive Church International in Manassas, VA. Aaron loved the Lord with all his heart, soul and mind. He lived for Christ so that he could go and be with Him upon leaving this earth.

He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted wife, Cherlynn Matlock. Three children, Paula Manns of Lawrenceville, GA. Adrienne Matlock, of Port Huron, MI. and Aaron Matlock Jr. of Oklahoma City, OK. He also leaves to cherish his memory, 3 grandchildren Alexus Haskins, Jesse Scott and Aaron Matlock III and 3 Godchildren.

He will be truly missed by his siblings, Billie Dean (Scottie) Scott of Chicago, IL; Mon Nellie (Tresvan) Lawson of Inglewood, CA; Frans Aornetta (Anthony) Reid of Jacksonville, FL; Cogan Tyrone (Alicia) Matlock of Gardena, CA; Sandra Ann (Lawrence) Joiner of Norman, OK; Alfonzia Matlock, Chicago, IL and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Aaron had 5 special brothers in Christ, Pastor Tyrone Burrell, Elder Myron Valentine, Pastor Thomas Simpson, Rev. Jeff Gaines, and Elder Stacey Fayne.

Aaron was preceded in death by his parents Hermon and Emma Matlock, sister Shirley Redd, brother Wilson T. Matlock

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Funeral Service: March 29, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046



Broadlawn Memorial Gardens
5979 New Bethany Road
Buford, GA 30518


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  1. CandleImageMy deepest sympathy! May the Lord give you grace and peace knowing Aaron is at rest. Aaron was one terrific person as a co-worker and friend, who always had a smile and kind word.

  2. CandleImageAaron was a great guy and will be dearly missed. My condolences to his family. He had many gifts but his ability to bring a smile to anyone’s face will be the one I will remember most.

  3. CandleImageMy sincere prayers and condolences. May the Holy Spirit gives comfort and strength in this time of bereavement. Much love, prayer, and faith.

  4. CandleImageI am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Aaron at the Fed. He was kind and so helpful to all. Such a loss. May he rest in eternal peace.

  5. CandleImageOur prayers are with you. We were blessed to have known Elder Matlock. A wonderful example of a faithful servant, and family man. Always had a kind word and a smile. Praying for your strength.
    With love, Pastor Ray & Sis Helen Satterfield

  6. CandleImageElder Matlock gave me some wonderful words about myself that I didn’t believe but I truly honor and thank him for taking the time to say them to me. It encouraged my heart. For that alone I will miss him and his praise in the house. Nobody could throw their head back and give a good, great shout of praise like Elder. God Bless you Minister Matlock, my prayers are with you and the family.

  7. CandleImageMy friends for nearly 30 years. We had so much in common and just liked hanging out acting crazy and as preacher you can only do that with so many people and Elder Matlock Sr. was that person for me. We have vacationed together, started a church to together, served in the military services, attended the same church and went through the same seasons of life together. My friend you are already missed but I know that your work here on earth is done, and you touched so many lives with not just with words but with action. Although I wish we had more time together I am thankful for the time we did have together. Until me meet in Heaven, I’ll see you later.


  8. CandleImageWords cannot, and would not be able to describe what he meant to me, and the Howell family! I cling only to the truth that he is with Jesus! Prayers of peace and comfort to the Matlock family.

  9. Dad…there are no words right now. My heart hurts beyond belief and my mind still cannot wrap itself around this loss. You will always be a part of me. Your legacy will live on through me, my kids and my family. I love you Dad -your baby doll, Adrienne

  10. CandleImageI worked with Aaron at the Federal Reserve. He is a gentleman with a warm heart, who was always willing to lend a hand. He had a laid back way of looking at life, and he was a positive influence on me and others. I will miss Aaron as a trusted advisor, employee, and friend.

  11. CandleImageMy heart aches right now.. I’m remembering all of our talks all of the times you told me to keep pressing on, never let a na-sayer tell you who you are, Elder Matlock, My Elder,,My Mentor I’m going to miss you. Min. Matlock Catina and I have been and will continue to pray

  12. CandleImageTo the Matlock Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, we will miss Elder Matlock’s leadership and the way he cared for Bishop. Continue to cherish the memories and know that God has his arms around you. We’re sorry for your loss..

    Praying for you continuously

  13. Cherlynn, Paula, Adrienne, Aaron (Tiny), and the grands, words cannot express our deepest sympathy for you and the family. Elder was a brother beloved, a man of order, understood leadership, a giant in the kingdom of God. My how he will be missed. Servant of excellence. Only God can comfort and heal your hearts. Sincere prayers and thoughts are flowing your way. As we press on in this pilgrim journey, serve the Lord, we will see him (Elder M), again. God is a present help in the time of need. Love all of yals bones.

  14. CandleImageMinister Cherylnn,
    Michael and I sends our deepest condolences and praying for you and your family in this difficult season. We will miss our brother in Christ, a great man of God who serve his God in excellence and demonstrated this at WACI. May the Lord strengthen and comfort you in this season. Rest well my brother, you have joined the great cloud of witnesses cheering those left behind to keep running the race. One Love, Grace and Peace multiplied.

  15. CandleImageMy thoughts and prayers are with you Cherlynn and family. I was so saddened to receive the news about Elder Matlock. He is an awesome man of God. He will always be remembered for his excellence, kindness and devotion while serving in the Kingdom of God. What a unique and faithful friend. Keeping you in our prayers.

  16. CandleImageIt was a pleasure to work with Aaron and Cherlynn on the purchase of their new home in Grayson, Georgia! I met them several months before they purchased late last year. I owed them both dinner and he reminded me a few weeks after they closed on their home which I planned in April because of COVID. He was very detailed-oriented and involved in the entire contractual process for his forever home. I will never forget his humility, patience and calm demeanor during the process! My heart hurts for his wife because they just moved to Georgia and haven’t fully settled in their new home. But only God knows! My deepest condolences to his family!

  17. CandleImageTo the Family of Elder Aaron Matlock

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”
    Matt 5:4

    On behalf of the members of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship – Southern Atlantic Region, we extend our deepest and sincerest condolences to you in the passing of your loved one, and our dear friend, Elder Aaron Matlock. He will truly be missed and always remembered by those of us who had the pleasure to know him and his warm smile.

    It is our sincere prayer that God’s strength and peace will bring you comfort with each new day. You have a special place in our thoughts and prayers today and always.

    The Southern Atlantic Region (which consists of the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) wants you to know we are praying for you. We thank God for and celebrate with you the life of Elder Aaron Matlock.

    In His Service,
    Bishop W. Oshea Granger
    Southern Atlantic Regional Bishop
    The States of FL (Bishop Manuel Sykes), GA (Bishop Lionel Catchings),
    NC, SC (Bishop M.L. Jackson) VA (Bishop Wesley Cherry)

  18. CandleImageKathy, so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband. My sincerest condolences. Poncho

  19. CandleImageHis generous smiles bought so much light; he will surely be missed. We will see him again Lord’s will.

  20. CandleImageTo Lady Matlock and Family, You have my deepest sympathy. These simple words cannot adequately convey my thoughts and feelings. Elder Matlock was a man of faith, he was also mischievous, had a smile always, and very hospitable and kind. He will not be forgotten by those of us blessed to know him. Darian and I will keep you and the family in our heart and prayers.

  21. I can’t tell you the impact of hearing of the passing of our dear brother Elder Matlock has had on me. He was a great man that had the power of presence. You knew he was in the room without him speaking. His witness of God in his life spoke for him. We will always keep Sister Matlock and the family in our prayers. May the Lord bless you real good is my prayer.

  22. I will miss you Aaron – you were a great Fed colleague: always there with a kind word, a helpful suggestion, and an alternate point of view that required consideration. You were passionate about being “a helpful government employee” who infected others across the organization with the same spirit. You made a large and lasting impact!

  23. CandleImageAaron – To all who you knew you, worked with you, and had the privilege to get to know you on a more personal level, you will be remembered and missed. I extend heartfelt sympathies to your family, including your church and extended family. You will be forever etched in my arsenal of fond/special memories.

  24. CandleImageMy condolences to the family. I was so sadden to learned the news about Aaron. I remembered, always he was cool and happy in every procurement staff meeting. God bless his soul. Alway we will miss him.
    Sandy Kalaria

  25. CandleImageMy family and I send our deepest condolences & prayers from Detroit to the Matlock family.

  26. CandleImageMinister Cherlynn and Family,

    I know you believe that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I touch and agree with the Word. The Word also tells us to cry and mourn with those who have lost a loved one. Truly I mourn with you in the loss of Elder Matlock. He was a wonderful Man of God, a presence and force that will be truly missed at Word Alive.

    May the Lord bring comfort to you and the family that can only come from Him! My prayers will be with you as you move forward with life, pondering in your heart the precious memories of your beloved husband.

    Much love and blessings to you and your family,

    Mother Marilyn Furbush

  27. CandleImageRest in Peace and love Matlock. You always made me laugh. I always enjoyed our conversations May your light and love continue to linger through memories that were created with family, friends and colleagues.

  28. CandleImageMy deepest condolences to the family. May God comfort and strengthen the family in this time of bereavement. Elder Matlock was a true Man of God. He will be missed.

  29. CandleImageMy Uncle Matlock! As a little girl, you were a giant and throughout my adult life continue to be a giant for this family! Words can’t express the loss, my heart is heavy, but to know it’s Heaven’s gain.. I am ok with! God knows all and I will not question his calling! Family, I’m praying for you strength and comfort. I Love you!

    Rest in Heaven Unc
    Your Niece,
    Linetra Nichols Milhouse and Family

  30. CandleImageThe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. All our love, all our prayers. So glad we had the opportunity to meet Elder Matlock, and share his giving spirit.

  31. To our Family in Christ we ask for God’s blessings and comfort as my Family and I offer our heartfelt and deepest condolences to your Family.

  32. CandleImageTo The Matlock Family,
    I trust God to comfort and strengthen you in this time of bereavement. Elder Matlock was our Elder of Protocol and his love & impact on the WACI Youth Department will forever remain in our hearts ♥️ .

  33. To the Matlock Family,

    May peace be with you during this time of grieving. God has received a true angel in heaven. Aaron was truly a special person that touched my heart with his kindness and warm smile. He will be missed.

  34. Our deepest condolences to Aaron’s family. We are devastated by this tremendous loss at the Board. Aaron was a trusted friend and colleague – always willing to listen, always willing to help. We will miss his big laugh and huge heart. He will forever be part of our “Board family.”

  35. CandleImageFor several years, I have had the distinct pleasure of serving alongside the Great Elder Aaron R. Matlock, Sr. as a member of the Elders Council at the Word Alive Church International in Manassas, VA. During our journey together as co-laborers in the faith, I learned much just by watching the Man of God do his thing.

    He knew how to handle business in a way that was pleasing to God and others. He knew how to let the “…love of God [that] is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” shine forth to all he encountered. He knew how to preach and teach the Word of God and how to usher the people into God’s presence.

    Personally, if I ever needed help, Elder Matlock was available. If I needed a word of encouragement, whether I knew it or not, Elder Matlock was there. As a devoted Husband, Father, and Man of God, he is and will continue be greatly missed.

    Enjoy your rest, my friend!

  36. Rest in Heaven Elder Matlock….. Gone, but never forgotten!!! You will be missed and my prayers are with you Cherlynn and family!!!!

    Love Robin Johnson

  37. CandleImageMinister (Mommy) Cherlynn and Family,

    Thank you for sharing your blessing with us. Our family was truly blessed by the life of Elder M. His warmth, gentleness, firm yet ever kindness will live on in our hearts forever. You have our continued love, prayers, and (virtual) hugs.

    Ed, Kisha, and the McBryde Trybe

  38. CandleImageOur hearts are sadden but we know heaven is rejoicing Elder ‘M’ you always blessed so many.

    We will never forget one of your messages that has kept our family.
    That message was, don’t tell me what you are looking at tell me what you see… Wow!

    You will forever me in our hearts.

    Praying for your and much love to all sent from our family to yours.

  39. CandleImageCherlynn and Family,it is with heavy hearts that JB and I extend our condolences to you. Aaron was not only our colleague, friend, and advisor (both personally and professionally), he was considered our brother in every meaning of the word. We will miss Aaron in ways that words cannot describe and will hold on to every memory as if it’s our deepest treasure.

    Aaron, you rest easy my friend. You left a legacy here on earth that not many can claim. You have left a lasting impression on every life that you touched and that, my friend, is golden.

  40. CandleImageOur love, thoughts, and prayers are with the family. Elder Matlock, he was truly a man of God; always available to help where needed as the man of God or as a friend. He will be missed, but we will see him again.

  41. I am deeply saddened by the loss of my Elder/Brother/Son! Tall in statue but a real gentle giant. I will always remember his kind heart and tender spirit. I admired his strength and his attentiveness to his family, to our Bishop Wesley Cherry, Sr and to his friends. Gone but never forgotten, he will always be in my heart. Rest well Elder Aaron Matlock, rest well! Mother Sallie Terrell (Moms)

  42. Our condolences to Aaron’s family. We will remember Aaron, he was an integral part of Procurement and a valued member of our team.

  43. To the Matlocks,

    I love you and loved Elder. An awesome Man of God who left a great legacy of joy, faith, and love never to be forgotten. God bless and keep you is my prayer.

  44. CandleImageSending prayers and condolences to Aaron’s family. Aaron was a friend and co-worker that brought joy to every situation. We will greatly miss the light that his big smile and heart displayed at all times.

  45. CandleImageWords cannot express the admiration I held for Elder Mattlock. You will be greatly missed and always loved. Your servanthood and steadfastness in the Lord will remain alive through those whose lives you touched. Peace and love to your beautiful family. God bless. Your sister in the Lord, Debra Johnson

  46. CandleImageElder Matlock was an awesome person, leader and friend. He has definitely been a person of influence in my life.

  47. Aaron was a good man. A great sense of humor. I always enjoyed working with him. My deepest condolences to the family. Keith

  48. Cherish every memory and pass the legacy to each generation.
    Grace and peace,
    Stacey and Donna Fayne

  49. CandleImageMy deepest sympathies to Aaron’s family and next of kin. Aaron was a very good friend to me at the Federal Reserve Board and I will truly miss banter. May the comfort of god help you through this difficult time, and I pray that the lord shower on you peace, comfort, and healing to your soul during this difficult period.

  50. Elder M. was my Elder, a mentor and a dear brother. I will always remember some of the many conversations we shared. He will be truly missed.
    Our sincere and very heartfelt condolences to Min Cherlynn and the family of such a wonderful man. Rest in peace my brother.

  51. CandleImageLifting the Family Up in Prayer. God is Embracing and Comforting You Love and Prayers Mother Pamela Isabell

  52. CandleImageMy deepest condolences and prayers to the Matlock family.

    Aaron was such a joy to work with. We always shared a smile, a joke, or kind words whenever we saw each other. He was always willing to help and support however he could. Aaron will be dearly missed.

  53. CandleImageSorry for your loss! Prayers to the entire family!
    James & Linda Blakemore King George, VA

  54. CandleImageEarth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Our weeping may endure for a night, but we will have joy in the morning. We loved our brother Elder Arron Robert Matlock, and even thou he’s absent from us we know he’s present with the lord. To God be the Gloryyyyyyyyyy for my Elder Matlock and we will see him again. Praying ???? much for our Sister Matlock and the family.

  55. CandleImageWhat a presence you had. I was only able to be in your presence a few times and what blessings they were each time. Thank you for you words, your thoughts, your actions, and your natural disposition to lead. Your laughter, Lord! You made me laugh! Not an easy feat but once again, thank you! Thank you for you quick covering and laughter:: remain the covering from heaven and find the easy way to put a smile on your loved ones.

    Your gift will be forever cherished.

  56. CandleImageI love this guy!! Phenomenal Man of God!! My prayers and condolences to Sis Matlock and family!

  57. CandleImageMy deepest condolences to you and the family. Loved to hear his response when something was out of order: “saints of the most high God.” Rest well in his arms Elder.

  58. Our sincere condolences, we are so sorry for your loss. Always thinking of you and your family.

    RIP Elder Matlock

  59. CandleImageOur family shares in your sorrow. I had the privilege of working with Aaron at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Aaron was a gentleman in every possible sense of those two words. He always reached down to help others in any way he could. We know that the faith he practiced in this world will be rewarded in the next. The Matlock family will always be part of his Board family.

  60. Elder Matlock is now present with the Lord and receiving his reward. He was truly a Man of God who served gladly and unselfishly, and made those of us who visited WACI feel the warm welcome extended by the church and Bishop Cherry. Prayers of comfort, strength and condolences to the Matlock family and church members. We thank God for the privilege of having experienced the love and warmth of Elder Matlock. God bless you all!! ????????????????????????

  61. CandleImageSending my heart felt sympathy to the family, my God give each of you the strength to go on with lots of beautiful memories of your husband, father, Aaron .

  62. CandleImageWe are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers. Elder Matlock was simply a great man.

  63. Elder words cannot express our great fullness of knowing you and learning from you. Yes!, our hearts are saddened but we have joy in knowing one thing…you’re with him, you’re with the Almighty God! Our continued prayers and love for your family and for your precious wife, Cherylyn Matlock.

  64. CandleImageOur condolences to Lady Cherlynn Manns Matlock and the family.

    We didn’t know that you all had moved from the area of Northen Virginia but was glad to know that you all were still connected to our state. Elder Francine & I will miss seeing Elder Matlock at the VA State Conferences. The last time that we remember seeing him was after the last day of the last conference. He and his wife were catering and he had on his chef’s jacket. We wish now that we had hugged him one last time before we left the conference.

    It was such a joy to watch him serve with excellence and keep everyone on the timeline. Elder Matlock was the personification of excellence. I do not know if he knew it but he taught many by being an example of what they should be. God bless the Matlock family. Sleep well our friend and we will see you in the morning.

  65. CandleImageMin Sister Matlock I remember when you guys came back to Word Alive Church after being away and Elder Matlock gave that big smile and you hugged me but you also took care of me when I was in the hospital I will never forget your love peace and joy teaching and ministering the word of God Elder Matlock you are at rest now you can truly dance and praise God you are home peace be still

  66. CandleImageAaron and I worked together at the Federal Reserve Board; however, he was much more than a work colleague, he was a friend whom I will greatly miss. I am grateful for his kindness, generosity and example. I pray for comfort, strength and peace for his family and the numerous lives he touched. He did his work and now he can rest in peace with the Lord. Well done Mr. Matlock.

  67. CandleImageElder Matlock was an anointed Man of God! He was also a great teacher, co-laborer and servant in the Body of Christ. I enjoyed co-laboring with him and his lovely wife, Cherylnn as part of the NoVA District FGBCF and the Word Alive Church family. I will miss him greatly and cherish great memories serving with him forever. Sis. Cherylnn and family please accept my sincerest and deepest condolences to you all during this time.

  68. Elder Matlock treated everyone with respect and I never heard him put anyone down. He seemed to always know when you needed a kind word or just someone to say hi and let you know you had someone thinking about you. I’ll Miss you, Elder Matlock. God speed and may God continue to Bless your family for Jesus has called you home.

  69. CandleImageWe are sorry to hear of the passing of Elder Matlock. Our sincere condolences to Minister Cherylynn and the Matlock family. Elder Matlock having made his transition to Heaven, fought the good fight, he has finished the race, and he kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7. What a mighty man of God. He will be truly missed by many.

  70. Blessings Lady Matlock and family, I was truly saddened to hear of Elder’s passing. He was truly a giant among great men. He lived a life worthy of great reward. “To Be absent from the body is to present with the Lord.” The Father have need of the Elder at home in Glory. Our love & prayers are with you. The Full Gospel VA State Intercessors are covering you!!

  71. CandleImageOur Condolences to the family and acquaintances. I greet you in the precious and holy mighty name of Jesus Christ Elder Matlock was truly upfront and reliable Brother and friend in Christ. We @ WOLFGM in Richmond, VA humbly will always love our brother in Christ Jesus Our Lord @Savior????????????????

  72. CandleImageOur deepest condolences to the Matlock family. Sister Matlock, you and your family are in our prayers.

    The Ledbetter Family

  73. CandleImageOur deepest condolences and prayers to the Matlock family. Elder Matlock was such a joy to be around and talk too. He and Min. Cherlynn always shared their love and kindness with our family. He will greatly be missed.

  74. Dear Matlock Family,

    On behalf of the Mabry (VA.) and Henderson (LA.) families, we would like to extend our sincerest condolences. We were saddened to hear about the passing of our brother and friend, Elder Aaron Matlock Sr. He truly served the Lord with gladness and praise. He touched the lives of so many. God blessed our families to meet in Louisiana and reconnect in Virginia. May God continually provide comfort, encouragement, hope and peace that passeth all understanding. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. May the love of God abide always!

  75. CandleImageAaron and I worked together for nearly a decade. A very nice person and a gentleman. A life well lived on earth departed from us to begin his eternal life. My deepest condolences and prayers to Mr. Matlock’s family.

  76. CandleImageThank you Aaron for being a man of character and respect..As your colleague I will always remember your guidance and the words you gave me when times were not always great..Thank you for being what a man of god should be… may god continue to bless your family and may you Rest In Peace.

  77. CandleImageOur deepest condolences are sent to Sis. Matlock and family. We were saddened to hear of the passing of Elder Aaron Matlock Sr. He was a reminder of God’s love and kindness towards us. Through his life he showed us how to serve God. He is missed. Rest in peace, Elder.

  78. CandleImageCherlynn,
    I just heard about the passing of your husband today. I was so sorry to hear that Mr. Matlock passed. I was so saddened. My prayers go out to you and the family at this difficult time. I know words can’t express what you all are going through but know that god almighty will keep you strong and be with you through your grievance. You are a very god fearing person and you have good faith in knowing god has Mr. Matlock in good hands so keep the faith girlfriend. I miss you & love you!

    Your Friend & Co-worker,

    Jackie Minor

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