Matthew Swiger, 25, of Palm Coast, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2023 in Jacksonville Beach. He was a native of Palatka and had lived in Palm Coast for the past year, he lived in Jacksonville for most of his life.
Matthew was a mama’s boy. He loved his mom so much. He would call or text her daily. He recently
called her ecstatic that he just met his favorite Jaguar player, Trevor Lawrence. It was the one time he
did not have his Trevor jersey, so he had to get his dirty hat signed instead. That hat became his new
treasure. Matthew, his dad, and his brother, Jonathon would spend hours watching football, cracking
jokes about each other’s teams and getting their “Line ups together" for fantasy football. Matthew was
the biggest Jacksonville Jaguar Fan. He and Jonathon had the tightest bond of any two brothers, ever.
Matthew loved his sisters, he was a little brother to one and a big brother to the other, he felt that he
was a big brother to both and took that role seriously. He loved his Nana and knew that she loved his big
hugs, but we all know he loved them just as much. Matthew’s uncle Bubba (Mitchell) was a father figure to Matthew who also helped teach Matthew to drive and the value of hard work. He looked up to his cousin, Justis as his mentor. His Auntie Bear was also very special to him, we all spent so much time together taking trips or enjoying the holidays. Sophia was more like a little sister to him. Matthew was the favorite uncle to Kingston, his little buddy, they adored one another. Kingston loved camping with his “Unc”. The most recent trip was this past summer to Disney’s Camp Wilderness, where some of the most amazing and treasured memories were made with Sophia, Kayla, Alena, Mom, and Kingston. Matthew was excited to welcome his new nephew and niece this year, when he held Aurora, his face just lit up.
Matthew was the gentle giant, standing 6’6. He was the rock when his family needed him, he was the
life of the party, he was funny, goofy, sweet, strong, compassionate, honest, charming, a dare devil, and loved living life.
He was a great friend to many and made an impact of tons of people.
He enjoyed playing basketball, camping, swimming, going to Ginnie Springs, being with his family, and
eating. As an adult he always looked forward to his mom’s Sunday dinners, he would call days ahead
asking “Hey Ma, whatcha cookin’ on Sunday”; he would often finish everyone’s plates after they finished
their dinner. He also shared his mother’s sweet tooth but did not like any kind of chocolate. Everyone
that knew Matthew loved Matthew. He was such a good guy who will be missed by so many people. His
family finds comfort knowing that gates of heaven opened for Matthew, he is there with his Nannie
waiting for his friends and family when it is their time.
He is preceded in death by great-grandparents, Ardell Burney Jr. & Lillian Sissy Williams, and Parley and Freda
He is survived by his mother and father, Melissa and Quan Barnhill, grandmother, Helen “Nana” Burney,
grandfather, Ardell “Papa Dell” Burney III (Angie), brother, Jonathon (Jon Boi) Swiger, sisters, Alissa Burney and
Kayla Barnhill, uncles, Mitchell (Bubba) Burney, Byron Burney (Lynn), aunt, Ashley Burney, special great aunt, Maggie “Auntie Bear” Burney, nephews, Kingston & KingsLee Allen, niece, Aurora Swiger, special cousins, Justis Mullins, Sophia Burney, Mackenzey Burney, Corbin and Collin Burney, Brooke & Buck Taylor, two additional siblings, Michael and Caisley Swiger, several great aunts, great uncles, cousins, and lots of friends. There were so many people that he loved and that loved him.
Services will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Pastor Ryan Austin officiating. Burial will follow in Bostwick Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday beginning at 2:00 pm until time of services.
The family asked those attending the service wear Jacksonville Jaguar attire or their team colors.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Matthew’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com .
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.