|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1984|
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 2006|
U.S. Marine Cpl. Matthew Dwain Conley, 21, of Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, was killed in action Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Ramadi, Iraq.
Matthew loved and appreciated life and always wanted to live it to the fullest. His short military career took him to Bangor, Wash., where he and his wife started their married life together. It eventually took him to Twentynine Palms, Calif., and later to Iraq.
He loved to travel and looked forward to doing more of it. He was always known as a "Marine's marine" and excelled and showed exceptional leadership in everything he did.
He also loved his community and Rogers High School. He graduated in 2002 and enlisted in the Marine Corps because he believed in his country and its freedom. He planned to attend UNA in the fall and become a history teacher and a coach. Matthew touched so many people in his short life and will continue to do so through his courage and strength.
He is survived by his wife, Nicole Conley, who is expecting their child, Catherine Mattison Conley; parents, Tommy and Debbie Conley; sisters, Emily Cordes and husband, Jim, and Allison Conley; nephew, Noah Cordes; in-laws, Dwayne and Cathy Newton; grandparents, Bill and Lela Mae Curbow; grandparents (in-law) Evelyn Newton, and Claude and Violet Eaton, of Lutts, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Mandy Newton; aunts and uncles, Patricia Jester and husband, Gary, Ricky Curbow and wife, Tonia, and David Curbow and wife, Kim.
Others survivors include a very special cousin whom he referred to as a brother, Michael Noe; cousins, Chris and Josh Curbow, Rachel Machtolff, Bailee, Reagan and John Mark Curbow; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and very close friends who Matthew loved dearly.
Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb, 25, 2006, at Rogers High School. Funeral services, with full military honors, will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, in the gymnasium, with Al Geise and Chaplain Ronald Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers.
Donations may be made to the Matthew Conley Scholarship Fund at the Lauderdale Teachers Credit Union, 103 Mangum St., Florence, AL 35630.
Pallbearers will be members of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Honorary pallbearers are Michael Noe, Joseph Thigpen, Rory Gist, Tyler Geise, Eddie Shaw, Keith Herston, Jason Baggett, Brian Nash, Bradley Parker, Chris Crunk, his very dear Marine Corps friends, Justin Canchola, Cameron Coates and Matt Kohler, and Rogers Class of 2002.
Greenhill Funeral Home is directing. Published in Florence Times Daily on February 24, 2006
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21, of Killen, Ala.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Feb. 18 when his vehicle...(Read more)|
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