Matthew Alan Horney death – obituary, cause of death : Matthew Alan Horney 32, is dead. He died on April 15, 2015.
Mathew was born in Raleigh, NC on March 24, 1983 to Donna McLaren and Thurman Horney, Jr. he was a perfect example of what it means to be a wonderful person. He had a calming presence and was extremely kind, he touched the hearts of so many, and was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.
Alan was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer at the age of 5, many of his childhood and adolescent years encompassed medical treatments, doctors’ visits, and hospital stays under the extraordinary care of UNC-CH Hospital’s pediatric oncologist, Dr. Stuart Gold, and the fellow hospital staff. Despite his medical condition he never let anything slow him down nor any obstacle stand in his way.
The past four years of his life was spent living in Greensboro, NC. Working with the dedicated support of the around-the-clock staff of United Living, LLC, particularly Andy, Tony and Charles Patterson, Horney busied himself and developed different friendships through activities and outings like going to the beach and daytrips to various parks, exercising at the local YMCA.
He also spent much of his time at Morgan Support Services. They encouraged him to set and achieve various goals for himself, taught him to improve everyday life skills successfully, and expanded his curiosity and love of music with the assistance of the facility’s remarkable staff.
His family would love to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Stuart Gold, Dr. Lacy Colson, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and the amazing staff of United Living, LLC, and Morgan Support Services for their dedication, patience, and love they provided to Matthew.
He is survived by his paternal grandmother, Peggy Horney, maternal grandparents, Al & Sondra Cooke, aunts and uncles, Debbie Kunttu, Chuck & Lynda Horney, Russ & Lora Deans, and cousins, David & Jessica Kunttu, Kathryn Horney, and Cole & Kyle Deans. His paternal grandfather, Thurman A. Horney, precedes him in death.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 19, at 4pm with a visitation to follow the service at Windborne United Methodist Church, 9121 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Morgan Support Services, 500 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, N.C. 27401.