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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Matthew Brian Addlery, age 32, after a short battle with brain cancer. He died in a hospice in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. He recently graduated from Oakwood University.
He is the second child of retired Pastor Wilfred and Mrs. Sheila Addeley of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. He will be remembered for his gentle smile, steady Christian spirit, and friendly attitude. Funeral plans to be announced soon.
“And He came and touched the bier (casket)…they that bare him stood still… He said: young
man I say unto thee, arise…he that was dead sat up-began to speak-he delivered him to his mother.” Luke 7:14 inspired Matthew to preach this sermon: “Get up! Get Busy! Jesus is coming”
A Miraculous Birth
On August 5, 1986 a baby boy, struggling in his mother’s womb, was born by C-section to Pastor Wilfred and Sheila Adderley. It was by the mercies of God, prayer and the doctor’s skilful hand that saved both mother and child because her heart had stopped during surgery. Knowing that this was a special child she named him Matthew, which means God’s gift. Only four months old, on December 16, 1986, Matthew received head injuries in a traffic accident that caused him to develop at a slower pace: his first step was at 23 months and he said “dada” at 24 months. However, once he got walking and talking he shot forward at high speed and could not be stopped, for God was with him. At age seven year he walked to the altar at church asking to be baptized. When asked if he understood the meaning of Baptism he Said: “Many days at school or at home, when I’m in the yard seeing trees, flowers or a dog, I hear the Lord telling me, ‘Enjoy the things I made, but don’t do bad things, serve me so one day you could live with me in Heaven.’
A Passion For Knowledge
Matthew loved the outdoors, nature and sports. He attended Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists in Nassau, Bahamas from primary, through junior and senior high schools 1991 – 2004. He excelled in academics and sports and was sought after for the track team and the basketball team. He won many trophies and awards and was always an honor roll student. He enrolled in home economics and cooking classes developing the art of baking: bread, pastries, macaroni, cookies and fixing pastas. Upon graduation he worked as an Insurance Accident Adjuster at Bahamas First Insurance, Nassau
Bahamas for two years. He attended the College of the Bahamas then he transferred to Galilee College graduating with an Associate in Business Administration in June 2009. It was in 2006 that Mathew was employed at the Ministry of Labor as an Accounts Clerk and was promoted to the post of Labor Inspector. He had a passion for study and helping people and was always ready to be a part of fund-raising events whether it was for church building, youth trips, medical expenses or the annual Ingathering campaigns. In February 2011 Matthew had a dream and the Lord told him to choose between his present employment and working for Him. This brought him to Oakwood University and he enrolled in the Department of Social Work and the School of Religion and Theology. He chose this combination of Theology and Social Work so that his ministry could serve the whole man – spiritually, socially and economically. Even though the course work in both departments presented challenges Matthew heeded Proverbs 3:6 and sought God’s direction instead of his own impressions.
A Loyal Student and Faithful Servant
During his seven years at Oakwood, Matthew remained an honor-roll student every semester. In the Social Work Department, he loved working on projects and was always sought after to lead the group. He was chosen as a student representative to the United Nations. He loved preaching and evangelism and worked in many crusades in the Bahamas as a Bible worker leading many to accept Jesus, and to be baptized according to Mark 16:16. Accepting invitations to preach in an AME Zion Church, Matthew opened the door that the entire church are keeping the Sabbath today. In June 2015, Matthew while on assignment as a Bible – Worker for a crusade in Atlanta with Dr. Jesse Wilson, had a seizure and was diagnosed with a brain tumor but most of it were removed by surgery and radiation treatments was given to reduce the remainder. Matthew sat out of class for Fall, 2015 but bounced back in Spring 2016 as an honor-roll student every semester. On December 16, 2017 the tumor returned. Even with the tumors Matthew completed Revelation and graduated May 12, 2018. On September 1, 2018, a Bachelors of Arts Degree in General Studies (emphasis in Social Work) was conferred on him.
It was four days after graduation, on May 16, 2018 that Matthew went back to the hospital for two months. Then he went to rehab for three months. On Friday October 5, 2018 his father, Pastor Wright and Dr. Byrd ministered to him in prayer, singing and reading passages from the Bible. Matthew breathed out a heavy puff, closed his eyes but Dr. Byrd’s call came in time. He called Matthew by name and began praying. Matthew stopped dying, to receive that prayer and he lived 25 minutes longer, then he died peacefully.
Matthew, a mid-night preacher (Daniel 12:1 – 4) was ready to meet his Lord and Savior in death (Matt.24:44).
Let To Mourn
Parents: Dr. Wilfred and Sheila Adderley; A brother Wilfred, Jr.; his grandmother, Florence Rahming; 3 grand uncles: Lawrence, Vincent, John; 3 grand aunts: Lynn, Jackie and Avis; 9 uncles: Kenneth, Richard, Gladstone, Philip, Andrew, Michael, Gary, Dwight, Devaughan; 7 aunts: Maxine, Miriam, Hilda, Freddie, Ingrid, Michelle, Bridgette; and a host of first and second cousins, other relatives and friends.
Special Thanks to: The Pastor of Oakwood University Church, Dr. Byrd, his pastoral staff, workers, and members, especially Stephanie Johnson-Dingome, Shirleyann Cherry, Lydia Andrews and the Prayer Team; to The president of Oakwood University, Dr. Leslie Pollard the administration, professors, teachers and workers: Especially the School of Religion and Theology and The Department of Social Work and all departments workers and staff of the university. Pastor Bertram Wright, the Elders and Members of Metropolitan Seventh-day Community Church; Special thanks to Pastor Willie Taylor the elders and Members of Mt. Calvary Seventh-day Adventist Church, especially Josette Paschal and the church choir;the administration, doctors, nurses, workers and staff of huntsville hospital, Huntsville Health and Rehabilitation Center and Family Hospice Care for their treatments and comfort care given to Matthew. Special thanks to: Mrs. Karen Clarke-Dorsette, Mrs. E’liere, Elder E. Gilbert, Dr. Ojwang, Dr. Blue, Dr. Allen and T. Marshall Kelly, Dr. Ramirez, Dr. Ashley, Dr. Frye, Dr. Andrew Chornes, Carmen Williams, Lilly McCullough, Dean Matthews, Chaplain Harris, Matthew close class mates: Virilus,Jr. Herbert, Rizla, Ian, Sherwin, Aaron, and All persons who called, made donations and said prayers for Matthew’s healing a big thank you. Matthew received the healing God’s way. All of the doctor’s admitted every month there was nothing they could do in treatments from April to September and Matthew out lived their predictions of death within days or weeks, until God did what was best, to put Matthew to sleep in death, so he can rest until He calls him up to his eternal reward. Indeed God had the final say and His Word has been fulfilled. Amen.
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