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Celebrating the life of

Matthew Joseph Powers

August 26, 1951 - April 27, 2024

Matthew Joseph Powers

Matthew Joseph Powers, 72, died peacefully at home, April 27, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

Matt was born August 26, 1951, in Savannah, GA, the son of James Hayes Powers and Ann Mooney Powers. He grew up on Tybee Island, where he was educated at St. Michael’s Catholic School. He was a 1969 graduate of Benedictine Military School in Savannah.

Matt began college life in Florida where he was able to pursue his never-ending enjoyment of surfing. But California beckoned, so with a mane of blond hair and a VW van laden with surfboards, he and a buddy headed west.

After that extended adventure, Matt returned to Savannah and embarked on his career in the shipping industry, representing his employers with offices on both coasts. Travel lust continued, luring Matt to Central and South America and to Europe.

Matt had a zest for life, a thirst for knowledge, and a love for all animals and most people.  He was full of jokes and stories, never without a witticism or a playful jab.

Matt will be deeply missed by his family. He is survived by his eight siblings: Jimmy Powers, Julie Bradley, George Powers (Ellen), Robby Powers (Cynthia), Andy Powers (Blanche), Mary Camacho (Lee), Ann Marie Thomas, and Joe Powers (Kris). Matt is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

There will be a Celebration of Matt’s Life, at Tubby’s in Thunderbolt on May 2, 2024, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The family extends thanks to Hospice Savannah’s doctors and nurses for their excellent care of Matt during his courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. We are also very thankful to his caregivers: Antoinette Best, Khalil Bush, Latasha Patrick and Carrie Russell-Gaines.

Rather than flowers, any remembrances would be welcomed by Hospice Savannah at PO Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416, or the American Cancer Society.






I am so sorry to hear about Matt. He was one of the good guys and I always liked him. That's a great surfing photo! I wish I could be there for the celebration of his life, but I will be out of the country.

- Katherine D Garlington Kay, Savannah, ga

Matt and his family were very special in my young life. I loved him and his family and will miss him. My love to his family.

- William Manucy, Sav, ga

Rest in Peace Matt. My deepest sympathy to all of the Powers family. Praying that the many memories created with Matt will give you all solace in the days ahead. With love.

- Jane Patricia Harte , Savannah , Ga

Sending aloha condolences to the entire Powers family. Matt and I always talked about the ocean when our paths crossed. He will be missed for sure in the line up at all the breaks. Wishing him offshore gentle breezes and eternal endless summer.

- John Mulligan, Savannah, GA

We are hugging you tight - so sorry for your loss. The memories live on. Love you all

- Mallory & Julia Pearce, Tybee Island , GA

I am so sorry to hear about Matt

- Carole Fine, Savannah, GA

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Matt. Most sincere condolences to the Powers family. Melinda Paige Saunders/Larry Saunders.

- Melinda Saunders, Savannah, Georgia

I am so sorry for the loss of Matt . May the lord give the family and friends strength through this difficult time.

- charles hudson, FLEMING, Georgia

My heartfelt condolences and wishing peace to all the family & friends

- Chelle Kennedy Felix, Orlando, Fl

To the Powers Family, my sincere condolences in hearing of the passing of Matt. May you find peace in knowing his next wave took him to eternal life.

- Klair Kenney Snellbaker , Fort Myers , FL

So very sorry to your entire family! With thoughts and prayers.

- Caroline Ellis and Kevin Pennington, Sullivans Island, SC

Many memories of younger days. So sad to hear. Peace to the Powers family at this time.

- Debbie Taylor Houchens, Savannah, GA

I am sorry these condolences are so late. I just found out today 6/14/24) that Matt has passed away. We dated a few times when we were in high school. Both loving the ocean; still do. I truly hope he found the perfect wave. God bless the Powers Clan. I keep y'all in my prayers.

- Jacqueline Sauls Royal, Poulsbo, WA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel