Matthew Wayne Gilley, 41 of Iredell County, N.C., passed away on June 23, 2021, while working in Syracuse, N.Y. He was born on August 15, 1979, in Iredell County, N.C., to Cynthia Bolick Gilley Kelly and the late Gerald Gilley.

Matthew was an amazing artist who was a hardworking individual. He liked to fish and had a wonderful sense of humor. He never met a stranger and loved and cherished his family and friends.

In addition to his father, Gerald Gilley he was preceded in death by his half-brother, Jeffrey Gilley. Those left to cherish his memory include his fiancée, Michelle Brown; his mother, Cindy Gilley Kelly; his step-father, Rancy Kelly; his daughter, Ashlee Harrington (Shayne); brother, Brandon Gilley (Nikia); grandson, Kingston Harrington; half-sister, Deborah Holcomb; and niece and nephew, Jaelyn Gilley and Gabriel Gilley.

A Service to celebrate his life will be held 3 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021, in the Chapel of Nicholson Funeral Home with Pastor Steven Pope officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Matthew will be laid to rest at 4:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery.

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Nicholson Funeral Home has the honor of serving the family of Matthew Wayne Gilley.

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