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Jerry Harvey Matson, Sr.

June 12, 1940 - May 5, 2018

Jerry Harvey Matson, Sr., 77, fought a valiant battle to recover from abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery, but the Lord he loved supremely saw fit to take him home to Heaven on May 5, 2018.  He was born in Sarasota, Florida to William and Rotha Matson on June 12, 1940.  He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, William Jr. and John, infant daughter, Gloria, and infant grandson, Jesse.
On his 26th birthday, the Lord Jesus gave him the new birth which radically changed his life.  He went from banker to Bible college student.  In 1973 Jerry began serving Him in the gospel ministry full time and moved with his family to Norfolk in 1978.  Since that time, he has boarded innumerable merchant ships, bringing the news of salvation through Christ to merchant seamen from around the world through the Lighthouse Baptist Seamen’s Mission.  He founded Fundamental Missions, Inc. in 1980, to oversee this missionary endeavor. He has also pastored the Harbour Light Baptist Church since 1989, with a special love for the children of the Lambert’s Point neighborhood.  He was on the board of the GraceWay Bible Society for over 30 years.  He also enjoyed being an umpire and assistant coach on many sports teams with which his sons participated.
Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Janet.  He also leaves his six children, who have been so loving and supportive in his illness.  These include daughters Marcella (Marci) Mongold (Glenn), Jeanine Drylie (Russel), Miriam Matson, and sons Jerry (Jay) Matson Jr. (Donna), David Matson (Stephanie) and Paul Matson. His grandchildren number 23, with 21 great-grandchildren.  A sister, Pamela VanAlstine, nieces and nephews also survive him.
A time of visitation will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, May 12, at Altmeyer Funeral Home (5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach) with the memorial service following at 1:00 PM., led by Pastor Gaylord DeMoure, Jerry’s longtime friend from Kansas. Burial will be at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to especially thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Vascular ICU at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for their expert care of Jerry for 62 days.
Please leave your memories of Jerry online at www.altmeyerfh.com Donations may be made to Harbour Light Baptist Church, P.O. Box 6247, Norfolk, VA 23508 in his memory.  All glory to Jesus for the life He gave our precious husband, father, grandfather, pastor and friend!

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Service Information

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Location:

Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

6309 E Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, Virginia 23502

Interment


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