Matthew Frank Dossman

Sunday, June 23, 2019
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Matthew Frank Dossman, 61, passed away in his home peacefully into the arms of his Father, his Savior, on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019, after a week of service to the Father at his church’s vacation Bible school.

In keeping with the schedule of the Friday night Bible study, a Celebration of Life in memorial to Matt will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019, at his church, Roanoke Baptist Church.

The church will open at 3 p.m. and service will begin at 6 p.m., with Pastor Darrell Hieronymus and Evangelist Al King officiating.

Matt was a lifelong resident of Welsh. He farmed rice and soybeans for several years and was most recently self-employed in groundskeeping/maintenance. He was the kind of man with many talents, a servant in his church, community, and to all with a need he could ease or fill. He preached at Golden Age of Welsh in an early Sunday morning service for several years. For 21 years, his home was open as a gathering place to any and all for a bi-weekly Bible study. He was recognized by his town for “outstanding and dedicated service,” a responder in crisis situations, a representative on town committees, a part of ministerial alliances in Roanoke and Welsh and a past reserve police officer in both Jennings and Welsh. He was a helper in many areas including encouraging young people to work at a local youth mission, getting people to drug treatment programs, doing home repair projects, mowing yards, bringing friends to fish and cooking for many businesses, organizations and for his family.

Matt was a skilled hunter, an avid fisherman and a gardener. His grandchildren will treasure the tradition of celebrating Christmas in February; going to the rodeo with all the cousins; riding four-wheelers; and eating rice and gravy, fresh cucumbers and banana peppers at Paw Paw’s house.

Matt LOVED God, studied the Bible and tried to live a life that reflected Christ’s light, goodness and forgiveness. Matt’s new life only came by being transformed years back. He was a sinner saved by God’s grace alone, who would want the “praise, glory, and honor” to be given to the Lord. He would want his “legacy” to be the telling of others how to go to Heaven by confessing Jesus as their Lord and believing in their heart that Jesus was raised from the dead. See Romans 10:9.

He is survived by his children, Heather Dossman Inman (Jeremy), Matthew Dossman II and Brittney Dossman and his grandchildren, Jack, Anna Grace, Sutton, Aubrey Kate, Aizlee and Arrington. Matt had the blessing of deep friendships. Some have gone before and those who remain, “best friends,” special friends, brothers and sisters in Christ and his church “family” will be left to cherish his memory.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Denise Lyons Dossman; and two brothers, Rick and Jeb Abshire.