Matt Clouser

by Lynn McMillen
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Matthew Wade ClouserMatt Clouser, 62 years old, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2024, at his home in Huntsville, Alabama surrounded by family and friends. Matt is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Kim Carpenter Clouser; four devoted children, Luke Clouser, May (Walter) Hough, Bethany (Josh) Brown, and Audrey Clouser; three loving grandchildren, Rosaleigh Hough, Lottie Hough, and Wade Brown; a sister, Cindy Clark (Mike) Edmonds; a brother, Mark (Margaret) Clouser; two half-brothers, Kenny Dodson and Anthony Clouser; and numerous nieces and nephews. Matt was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Luther Clouser and Linda Clouser Dodson; and a brother, John Clouser.

Matt was born in Florence, Alabama and grew up in Owen Cross Roads, Alabama. He attended and graduated high school at Madison Academy where he cultivated his love of football. Matt attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, where he had a very successful football career and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management. After graduation, he returned to Huntsville, where he joined the family business and ultimately became the sole proprietor of Dixieland Wholesale. Matt’s love of football and his desire to mentor led him to establish a Pop Warner football program in North Alabama. The program he started was enormously successful and contributed to numerous successful football teams in the area. In 2004 Matt accepted the head football coaching position at Madison Academy. During his five-year tenure he was responsible five winning seasons, four playoff appearances and one regional title. More importantly, it was the positive impact he had on the countless young men he coached.

When he was not working and coaching, Matt took great joy in simple pleasures in life. He loved watching and playing football, shooting fireworks, spending time at the lake, watching old episodes of the Andy Griffith Show, and listening to his family sing. Matt loved to travel, and each year he looked forward to the annual beach trip with his family where he would spend time on the beach, playing card games, going out to dinner, enjoying something sweet, and doting over his children and grandchildren.

Matt was a devout Christian. He grew up in the small country congregation of Glover’s Chapel located in the Owen Cross Roads area. He was an active member of the Monrovia Church of Christ for many years, and at the time of his death, Matt was a dedicated member of the Mayfair Church of Christ. Over the years. Matt relied heavily on his faith and found comfort in the scriptures. His love of God shaped his character and guided his life. His was truly a life well lived.

Matt will be laid to rest on Friday, July 12, 2024. Services will be held at Owen Cross Roads Church of Christ, 124 Eastwood Drive, Owens Cross Roads Alabama 35763, 256-725-4172. Visitation will be held from 10:AM—11:00AM, immediately followed by a funeral service. A private internment for immediate family will follow at Moon Cemetery.  Matt had a passion for helping the homeless community; in lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Mayfair Church of Christ 2820 Ministry.

The family wishes to extend an invitation to a “Friday Night Lights” Celebration of Life Ceremony to be held Friday evening July 12, 2024 from 6:30PM –8:30PM at Bill Washington Stadium located on the campus of Madison Academy, 325 Slaughter Road, Madison Alabama 35758.

“Please join us on the sidelines of Bill Washington Stadium where Coach Matt shared so much of his life with so many. Come help us celebrate his ultimate victory of eternal life. Stop by in casual attire for a hot dog, a cold Dr. Pepper, and share a memory and hug as we celebrate a life well lived of someone who touched so many lives in such a profound way.”

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