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Speck Funeral Home - Todd Matthews

May 3, 1970 ~ January 3, 2024 (age 53) 53 Years Old

Speck Funeral Home - Todd Matthews Obituary

Services Celebrating the Life of Mr. James Todd Matthews, age 53, of Livingston will be conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, January 7, 2024, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.  The family will welcome friends on Saturday evening from 5 until 9 p.m. at Speck Funeral Home.

Todd passed unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, January 3, 2024, from his home in Livingston, Tennessee.  He was born in Livingston Tennessee on May 3, 1970, to James William "Billy" and Brenda Sue Vaughn Matthews.  Todd was a 1988 graduate of Livingston Academy.

Todd was a beacon of joy, kindness, and inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him. His laughter was infectious, his kindness boundless, and his sense of humor could brighten even the darkest of days. Todd approached life with a dedication that was truly remarkable. His pride in everything he did was evident, whether it was in his endeavors to aid the missing and unidentified or in his artistic and creative pursuits. Todd's passion for helping others manifested not only in solving mysteries but also in his role as an educator. He was a teacher at heart, sharing his knowledge and experiences generously, inspiring countless individuals to pursue their passions and make a difference in the world. His commitment to unraveling cold cases was unparalleled, and he blazed a trail as the first person to crack a case using the power of the internet, earning the prestigious President's Volunteer Award in 2006. Beyond his investigative prowess, Todd embraced life's simple pleasures. His love for cooking, nurturing gardens, and cherishing moments with his family reflected his multifaceted nature. His grandchildren held a special place in his heart, and their joy brought him immeasurable happiness.

Despite his accomplishments, Todd remained grounded and connected to the world around him. His adeptness with social media wasn't just about staying current; it was a testament to his genuine interest in staying connected, always ensuring his friendships remained vibrant. As we bid farewell to Todd Matthews, we carry forward the legacy of his compassion, dedication, zest for life, and his passion for teaching. He leaves behind a world profoundly impacted by his kindness, tireless efforts, and the knowledge he imparted. Though he may no longer walk beside us, his spirit, laughter, and unwavering commitment to others will forever resonate within our hearts, Todd's legacy will continue to inspire us to make a difference, just as he did every day of his extraordinary life.

Todd leaves behind his loving wife of 36 years, Mrs. Lori Ann Riddle Matthews, of Livingston, TN; sons, Dillan Matthews and wife Hayley of Livingston, TN, and Devin Matthews of Cookeville, TN; grandsons, Connor and River Matthews; parents, James "Billy" and Brenda Matthews of Livingston, TN; brother, Mark Matthews of Livingston, TN; mother-in-law, Julia Riddle of Frankfort, KY; special cousins, Tina Hall and husband Brian, and Jason Young; several sister and brother-in-laws, Shirley Wright, and husband Brent, Lena Browning, Candy Williamson, Jennifer Helton and husband Kyle, Bonnie Kidd, Wilby Riddle, Adam Riddle, and several other loving in-laws.

Todd was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eva Dean Franklin, Tom and Mae Vaughn, and Headith Gore Vaughn; brother, Greg Matthews; sister, Sue Ann Matthews; father-in-law, Wilbur Riddle, and special aunt, Shelia Walker.


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Funeral Service
January 7, 2024

2:00 PM
Speck Funeral Home
300 N. Church Street
Livingston, TN 38570


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