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John Matthew Whitwell, 43

John Matthew Whitwell, 43, of Malvern passed away on Thursday July 6, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas.   He was born on October 9, 1973 in Harlingen, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his mother Allidel (Steele) Whitwell.

Matt is survived by his father John S. Whitwell of Hot Springs, sister, Misty Michele Heck and her husband Doug; one nephew, Aaron Heck; one niece, Allison Heck; and his girlfriend and caregiver Kelly Scott.

Matt was outgoing, very kind, and loyal to all who knew him. He never knew a stranger and was always there to help. He enjoyed fishing and loved animals.  He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend.

The Family will be hosting a celebration of Matt’s life on Saturday, July 29th at 10 A.M. at Benton First United Methodist Church 200 Market Street, Benton, Arkansas, 72015.

Memorials in his honor may be made to the church.

Cremation Arrangements are under the care and direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400


  • M. Louise Posted July 10, 2017 9:25 PM

    I am sorry for your loss. We do have comforting hope from the Bible: Your dead ones will rise up in the resurrection – Isaiah 26:19; Acts 24:15. The Bible also says: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.”— Psalm 37:29. May “the hearer of prayer” continue to sustain your family during this most difficult time.

  • Kelly Bailey Posted July 16, 2017 11:10 AM

    My deepest condolences.

  • Beth Hodges Posted July 27, 2017 10:04 AM

    John and family… I had the pleasure of meeting Matt and he was an adorable young man. I hope and pray you know each and every day, he’ll be with you in spirit, as he rides on the wind. I am terribly sorry for the loss of this young man but know he’s not in any more pain and will keep each of you close, day in and day out. Much Love Family … Beth

  • Julie newman Posted September 23, 2023 9:07 PM

    This is Julie John or Matt , I called him daddy because he called me mama lol Kelly moved me into her home to that care of John when he got really sick before they had him in the ICU for weeks right before he passed and she financially supported him that is it I spent the night beside his bed waiting on him hand and foot 24/7 in a chair beside his bed until the day he died I pushed him everywhere in that wheelchair so he could go out and smoke lol i drove him everywhere kept Walmart bags in my purse cause you knever knew when but he threw up all the time i caught him before he hit the floor Everytime he fell on me cause he passed out when he tried to walk i was the only one there with him taking care of EVERYTHING He asked which was a full time job with overtime but i wpuldnt change tht for the. World I am so grateful to have been tht person in his life 313 just saying

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