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Roan Mattox

Place of birth: Anchorage, AK

Religious affiliation: Other

Roan (Ro-ro) Leroy Mattox is my third child. (Born in Anchorage, AK to (father) Ryan Leroy Mattox & (mother) Toni Laverne Tucker – Mattox) He was “Ro-ro” to his older brother and sister, Russell Leroy and Marris Kathleen. Roan had the most loving and forgiving spirit, always thinking of others above himself. Roan was always the first to volunteer to help others out. Roan was my “monkey boy” and was always sitting on my hip, and didn’t walk until eighteen months. He also loved to climb all over the cabinets and onto the table. I used to lean over to see how long Roan could hold on and it would fill him with delightful laughter. Roan “is” a delightful soul and everyone loved his beautiful smile. Russell and Marris often called him “mama’s boy” and I would reply, “He just loves his mommy!” As a young boy Roan would say “I want to build a house when I grow up with a room for you mama.” We shared a special kind of closeness because he was my baby son. During his earlier years, he loved to collect bugs and play with his cars in grandpa’s (Pop’s) back yard. Everyday he would come in covered from head to toe in dirt, even up his nose and in his ears. And while I made dinner he would read from his children’s bible and we would talk. He was very soft spoken and only had two or three friends in elementary school. From an early age Roan gave introspective thought about the needs of others and gave me new perspectives on life. Roan’s best friend’s were his brother, Russell and his sister, Marris. In 2011 his family, as he knew it, was severed.

By the time Roan was in middle school, he played the baritone and had lots of school mates. Roan’s friends loved him dearly and he is sorely missed. Roan died by suicide (Regretfully I was not by his side) on March 29th, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. This will always be a tragic loss to everyone who had the blessing of meeting Roan. Roan was special and one of a kind. We miss you baby son and baby brother.

1 Response

  • Ann Y Stokes On

    Dearest Toni, Your Roan has always seemed to me to be such a sweet, tender-hearted young man. Scripture talks about the future King Solomon as "tender-hearted." It is such a wonderful quality. It is so sad that Roan is no longer here on earth to live out his dreams, love on you, and grow into a fine man. There is no doubt he is safe, secure, loved, extremely joy-filled in Heaven with God. May this reality comfort your heart during this difficult time of grief and overwhelming sorrow. Much love & prayers for you, Russell and Marris.


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