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Alan Blake Matthews, 54, of Savannah, Georgia, died Saturday morning, October 22, 2022, at Memorial University Medical Center.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and raised in Savannah, he was a son of Barbara Ann Ragan Matthews and the late Rondall “Ron” Ray Matthews. Alan was a member of White Bluff United Methodist Church and owned and operated Dent Werx II. Alan loved shooting so much in fact, that he was a United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) nationally ranked competitive shooter. Alan also loved his family, racing and riding his bike, working out, and traveling.

Survivors include his daughter, Shelby Blake Matthews; his mother, Barbara Ann Ragan Matthews; his brother, Jeffrey “Jeff” Scott Matthews (Rochelle); three nieces, Kelly Ann Matthews, Emily Gandy, and Grace Gandy, and his nephew, Kyle Thomas Matthews.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o’clock Thursday evening, October 27, 2022, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

Remembrances: Alan Matthews Memorial Fund for Shelby’s College Fund and his medical expenses at

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  1. Jamie Brown says:

    Ms.Ann, Shelby, Jeff, Rochelle and the rest of the family, I hated to hear of Alan’s passing. Alan was like the big brother I never had. He always looked out for me growing up. My heart breaks for all of you. He will always be in my heart!!
    With love and prayers,

  2. Jerron Campbell says:

    Dent Man (that’s what I called him) brother this pains me like ypu wouldn’t believe thought we haven’t seen each other in years but we always stayed in touch. I don’t care when I called and said I sold a car and sending it to Savannah it has a few dings in it how much does it cost? I said where you want me to send the customer? You would say for you my brother I’ll go to the house! 26 years of true friendship see you on the other side my friend. Man I just talked to you a month or so ago. Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family

  3. Martha Ridgway says:

    To all the Matthews family my heart is broken for this family. I have known Alan since he was a little boy. He had a heart of gold. If you needed him he was there. My prayers are with you during this most difficult time and in the days ahead. My love to all of you.

  4. Michele Thomas says:

    Sending prayers and condolences to the family. May the Lord heal your hearts.

  5. Mark Compton says:

    I’ve only known you for a short time – maybe 8 years. Though it was a fun time!
    I always enjoyed seeing you at our matches, it was usually fun to watch you burn a stage down.
    It was fun to design stages that would highlight some of your shooting skills.

    As a personal friend, you’ve been there whenever someone needed you. You were there for a phone call, or to help spread the word of someone in need.

    Shelby, Please let us know if there’s anything that you need.

    Mark Compton

  6. Chris McNeil says:

    A great loss to our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and countless friends. Alan, you will be missed!

  7. Esteban & Keila Vializ says:

    Our deepest condolences for the entire Matthews family. Our prayers are sent to God for your comfort and peace in this time. If there’s anything we can help, please don’t hesitate of reaching out to us. He introduced me to shooting competitions and was a great mentor and better friend. Know that you’ll aren’t alone in this dueling process. Send us an email and we will send you our phone numbers. We know he’s resting now and we hope to see him again in heaven. We love you,

    Esteban and Keila.

  8. Michael Wood says:

    To the Mathew’s family.
    It hurts me so to hear about Alan’s passing. He was a very good friend to me over the years . I enjoyed traveling around racing dirt bikes with him in our younger days . He lived life to the fullest and never lived a dull moment. It was my honor to have him as a friend.

    “God Speed”

  9. David and Lee Randall says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Although it’s been well over 30 years since seeing Alan. We had some great times back in the day. Those days and nights hanging out on the Southside “Windsor Forest” will always be the best times of our lives. From our family to yours words can not express the sadness in so many lives with this news.

  10. Mary Ann Butterfield says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Such a young man. My prayers are with the family.

  11. Marcia Holder says:

    So sorry and praying for all the family.

  12. Violet Motes says:

    So very sorry for your loss sending love and prayers

  13. Violet Motes says:

    Heart felt sympathy
    Sending love and prayers

  14. callaways says:

    family n friends

    lots of hugs and prayers are with you n family friends
    my boys grew up with you and was a age difference but the fun times on our street.
    Fly high

    The Callaway

  15. Danny pughsley says:

    Sorry to hear about Allen wish the family the best he will be missed

  16. Kim Tennis Camp says:

    Lots of prayers for the family and Alan’s extended family. He was a great friend to my brother from way back and that made him a friend to the entire family.
    I hope you memories with him bring some comfort in this difficult time.

  17. William Tripp Jr says:

    I worked off and on with Allen for roughly 3 years at J.C. Lewis in Hinesville. He was one of the most down to earth, good hearted people I’ve known. I’ll never forget his laugh, or how he’d just come by and check on us in the shop. Or when he would tell me to make sure a certain tech worked on his truck, I’d make sure his parts were ready to rock so we could take care of him like he took care of us. To his Daughter and Family, I am so sorry for you loss, I hope that the fact that he touched so many peoples lives and left so many good memories with those people brings you some peace and solice.
    William A. Tripp Jr.

  18. Terry Emsweller says:

    I am very sorry for your loss.My prayers and most sincere condolences for our to your family .

  19. Terry Emsweller says:

    So sorry for your loss. My most sincere condolences and prayers go out to Family and friends.

  20. Bonnie Barnes Poe says:

    Ann, I am so sorry to hear of your son’s death. Sincere condolences to you and your family. My Prayer is that God will touch each of you with comfort and peace.
    Bonnie Poe

  21. Donnie Kicklighter says:

    Alan you will be missed. Prayers to the family.

  22. Lillian Tisdale says:

    Ann and family I am so sorry for your loss. Praying that God will be with you and comfort you!
    Love in Christ, Tisdale Family

  23. Jim and Sharon Brown says:

    So sorry to hear of Alan’s passing, tried to keep up with progress while he was in the hospital. Know he will be missed by everyone. He was close to us while growing up. Remember all the good times we had there on San Anton. Sincere condolences to ALL the family.

  24. todd kennedy says:

    i enjoyed Alan’s company at many a handgun matches and i’m still at a loss of words! From our conversations, I’m sure Alan was a believer! my condolences and sincerest sympathy to your family!

  25. Tim Currie says:

    Really going to miss seeing Alan at the range. He was a big supporter of CAPS since I was a newby match director so long ago. A great shooter and friend.

  26. Beverly P. Lloyd says:

    Dear Ann, I am so sad that your son died, and I hope that your memories will bring some comfort to you. You and your family are in my prayers.
    With love,’

    Beverly Pendergrass Lloyd

  27. Deva Strode says:

    I was in shock when Randy told me about Alan’s passing. If there was something I knew about Alan it
    was he loved his Shelby and his motorcycle. I remember before Shelby was born and he found out they were having. Girl at how nervous he was. I’ve known Alan for 25 years and even though I haven’t seen him in a while we always talked as if it was like yesterday. You will be missed terribly Alan! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  28. Carolyn Orr says:

    I am so sorry to learn of your son’s passing, Ann. You and your family will be in my prayers and in my heart in the days ahead. Wishing peace and love for all of you. Carolyn Barnes Orr

  29. Linda Dische says:

    The Lord received a wonderful man when Alan left us. He will be missed by everyone including me. Alan was always so helpful and kind at the matches his passing makes me so sad. It makes me wonder sometimes why the lord takes who he does. I sure he’s up there giving those newbies lessons. Love you my friend ❤️

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