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January 03, 2014
There is strong confidence in the fear of Jehovah, and it will be a refuge for his children. Proverbs 14:26. Matthew G. Gwaltney is missed.
March 18, 2013
matt your amongst the angels now and forever
April 16, 2011
Matt was always one to love and honor. I miss him SO much
April 23, 2010
Bradley Rex Berryman. May your kind gentle soul rest in piece xxx love from your cousin Sharon Kim Seddon xxx
April 16, 2010
Im just a senior from floyd County high, but i remember 4-16-07 and i remember the ones who were not so lucky and i want the family to know they are in my thoughts. I will never forget!
April 14, 2010
Dear Gawltney Family,

I barely knew Matt, but played enough basketball with him to know what a wonderful person he was and that we both shared a great passion for sports. He always brought the best out of my game when we played each other.
There isn't a day that goes by on the basketball court that I don't wish he was there draining deep 3 point shots right over me.
My thoughts and Prayers are with you as we approach 3 years.
Lots of Love,
November 05, 2009
Greg I work with you everyday and whenever I see you I see that V.A. tech bracelet you always have on.Matt was gonna be the next better you.He was also an angel,an angel god felt to good for this world.I drove out to V.A. tech a few months ago just to place my own two hands on his memorial stone and say a prayer.I think about you and your family all the time.May god continue to bless you and your family everyday...
May 22, 2009
Greg,

We attended Ferrum College together. I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. From everything I have read about Matthew it sounds like you raised a very kind and talented young man. I hope that God continues to comfort you and your family.

Sincerely,

Betsy Pace
Martinsville, VA.

Ferrum College-Class of 1977 and Class of 1979
April 17, 2009
To the Gwaltney Family:

The best and brightest are never forgotten. Matt dwells with his Father. God's Peace and Rest to you all.
April 16, 2009
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
September 23, 2008
Gawltney Family - Will never know how to feel what you are feeling,but we sure do miss Matt turemendsley for he was a great person.He will never be forgotten in our hearts..God Bless
August 18, 2008
You and your family are in my prays.
April 16, 2008
You have not been forgotten, we keep your family in our thoughts and our prayers!
April 15, 2008
Greg-I think of you and your family often and pray for you to have the strength to get you through each hour of every day. Matt will be with you always, watching over you as you watched over him. Our lives are forever changed.
April 10, 2008
Greg,
We attended Ferrum together. During a broadcast of a VPI memorial service your son's name jumped right into my family room. I have no words that can console you, but we can honor your son with our prayers and the memory of a life well lived.
February 27, 2008
Gwaltney Family:

I knew your son very well on the basketball court. He was a great competitor and always walked into the YMCA gym with a smile on his face. He was the first to be picked for all teams and will never be forgotten.

I hope your family is doing well.
August 27, 2007
Dear Gwaltney Family,
I am sorry for your loss. God bless him and his family.
August 01, 2007
I was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic loss of your son. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.
June 11, 2007
What a fine, young man. I mourn this loss to our world.
June 03, 2007
You will always be in our hearts
(Eligio Vidaurri Family, Sayre, Oklahoma)
May 29, 2007
I never had the pleasure of knowing Matt. However, I have dealt with his father, Greg, in business for years. My heart goes out to Greg and the entire Gwaltney family. I have no children, so I can't even imagine the loss you are feeling, but all of us who have signed this book hope you find the healing strength you need to get through this. Your son's remarkable legacy will be remembered forever.

Kathy Marks
Rodco
May 26, 2007
Gwaltney family:

Know that your family is still in the thoughts and prayers of many people. I watched the VT commencement ceremony via the VT website and prayed and cried as I saw the service. My daughter received her master's degree that same weekend and I was sad that your family wasn't celebrating your son's graduation. I pray for peace and comfort for your family.
May 25, 2007
You will never be forgotten!
May 18, 2007
God Bless You
May 13, 2007
I do not know the family personally, but I was so touched by Matthew's wonderful life. My thoughts are particularly with Matthew's mother (as well as his stepmother) on this first Mother's Day since the tragedy. I, too, have an only son and I will continue to remember Matthew often as my son grows -- it would be a blessing to see my son have a life like Matthew's. It was too short; he was a gift to the world. I will continue to pray for the whole family.
May 11, 2007
Greg and family:
I think of you all every day, but found myself doing so even more today, knowing how difficult the graduation ceremony must have been for you. My prayers are for you to have the strength to get from one hour to the next, and for you to know how many of us care about you and share your loss. This tragedy has touched all of us and had an impact on our lives in many ways.
May 11, 2007
To the Gwaltney Family; My heart goes out to you. May the memories of Matt bring you great comfort. I graduated from TDHS with his father Greg. I saw Matt's name in an article about the tragedy at Va.Tech and prayed that He was not the son of a classmate from TDHS. I am very soory for your loss. It sounds like Matt was a wonderful caring kid. May you find comfort in the fact that he was loved by so many people.
May 10, 2007
Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.
May 10, 2007
Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our lvoed ones shine down to let us know they are happy.
May 07, 2007
I was Matt's Spanish teacher at the West Campus when he was a 9th grader. What an awesome student he was! I now have a 9th grader at Thomas Dale myself. I hope that my son leaves behind the sort of legacy that Matt did.

I live behind J. Wilson Crump stadium and I watched the candle light vigil from my back yard. It was truly an inspiration to see all of the light that Matt was able to spread in his lifetime. I look forward to the day when we'll see him again...and I know we will!
May 06, 2007
You do not know me personally, but I had spoken words with Matthew in the hallways at Dale. My grandparents knew his, and my uncle, Billy Sasser, had gone to school with his father. Our family sends out our thoughts and prayers to you.
May 02, 2007
I did not know Matthew personally, but I do know his father and what a wonderful man. With only one child myself in college, I can only imagine the pain. The grief that this man is now carrying on his shoulders has bent him greatly. I can only hope that the love and support from family and friends will lift him in time. I grieve for the whole family. I am sure this wonderful child has the best set of angel wings ever made. May his spirit live on and the memories be everlasting.
May 01, 2007
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am the sparkle in the snow.
I am the shredded leaves that blow.
I am the sunlight on growing grain.
I am the gentle summer rain.
I am the quiet bird at night.
Circling about; Taking flight.
So do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
May 01, 2007
We cant imagine your pain and sorrow. God bless you Greg, we are praying for your comfort. TDHS77
May 01, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through. I did not know Matt but I know someone who was special to him. I taught at Falling Creek with Donez. We were a family there and she was a great teacher and a wonderful inspiration to me in my beginning years as a teacher. May God be with all of you and hold you in the palm of His hand during this most difficult time. Peg Roettger Moncure,Band Director, Manchester Middle School
April 30, 2007
RISE UP SLOWLY, ANGEL

Rise up, slowly, Angel.
I cannot let you go.
Just drift softly midst the faces,
In sorrow now bent low.

Ease the searing anger,
Born in harsh unyielding truth
That Death could steal my loved one
From the glowing blush of youth.

Rise up slowly, Angel.
Do not leave me here alone,
Where the warmth of mortal essence
Lies replaced by cold, hard stone.

Speak to me in breezes
Whispered through the drying leaves,
And caress my brow with raindrops
Filtered by the sheltering trees.

Rise up slowly, Angel,
For I cannot hear the song
Which calls you through the shadows
Into the light beyond.

Wrap me in your downy cape
Of sunshine, warm with love,
And kiss a tear-stained mother's face
With moonlight from above.

Then wait for me at sunset,
Beside the lily pond,
And guide me safely homeward
To your world,which lies beyond.

Just spread your wings and take me
In reunion’s sweet embrace,
And we shall soar, together,
To a different time and place.

To the parents, bless you.
April 30, 2007
To Matthew's family and friends,
Our heavenly father promises at Isaiah 41:10-"Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not gaze about, for I am your God. I will fortify you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness". May you grasp hold of his hand and allow him to guide you through the coming days, months and years.
May you gain comfort from these additional scriptures:
Isaiah 25:8-"He will actually swallow up death forever."
Revelation 21:4-"And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
My husband was lost on 9/11 and these scriptural promises comfort me greatly.
April 30, 2007
To the Gwaltney family:
I want to express my condolences in the untimely death of your son. This is a "time to weep," says the Bible (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4) and surely the loss of your son brings such a time. Yet through prayer you can recover from this with the wonderful memories of your son always in your heart. Prayer simply makes us feel better and also will provide you with "power beyond what is normal," (2 Corinthians 4:7). Please be comforted knowing that God's holy spirit, or active force is with you.
April 30, 2007
I NEVER MET MATTHEW BUT THE WORDS WRITTEN SHOW HOW HE TOUCHED OTHERS AND WHAT HE MEANT TO THEM.LEAN ON THE LORD HE WILL BE THERE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.YOUR FAMILY IS IN MY PRAYERS.GOD BLESS YOU.
LYNN COSNER
CHESTERFIELD GEN. DIST COURT
April 29, 2007
To The Family of Matthew Gwaltney-Please accept my condolences to you and your family. Know that you can gain comfort from the scriptures. Almighty God Jehovah has the power to resurrect our loved ones, for John 5:28,29 tells us: "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." Please know that Jehovah God does care about you & may you take comfort from His word during this difficult time.
April 29, 2007
I just finished reading an article entitled, Comfort for Grieving Parents. In the article it talks about how caring parents work hard to provide for their children. They may regularly set aside money or material goods so as to be able to help their children to start a family of their own in time. This tremendous expenditure of emotion, time, effort, and money points to one conclusion – parents raise their children to live, not to die. When a child dies, the work of raising him/her is incomplete, and the parents’ hopes for him/her are dashed. The warm love and affection that flow from the parents to the child are cut off, blocked by the stone wall of death. The place that their son or daughter once occupied in their hearts is now empty. The parents feel a deep sorrow that is not easily dispelled.

When I read that portion of the article it helped me to better understand the grief that parents often experience. The article is not only emphatic towards parents but it gives some real good suggestions on how to cope a little better with grief of this magnitude. I really think that you would enjoy reading the entire article yourself. So if a friendly neighbor comes knocking on your door with this article, feel free to request a free copy.
April 28, 2007
My sincere condolences to your family in this terrible loss.
April 28, 2007
My heart truly goes out to you - we do not know each other we just share a name. Gwaltney, a strong proud name and I have no doubt Matt done it proud. With love and prayers - an Oklahoma Gwaltney.
April 28, 2007
May God be with you each day.
April 28, 2007
To the Gwaltney family,
My wife and I are saddened by your loss.In your search for comfort please notice what the bible states 1 Peter 5:17 "While you throw your anxiety upon him,becuase he cares for you"
April 27, 2007
My deepest sympathy to your family. I never met your son, but it broke my heart to hear of this tragedy. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 27, 2007
Gwaltney Family,
Words can not express how sorry we are for your loss. Our heart go's out to your family.
Farthing Family
April 27, 2007
all who know this life will know it too briefly...all who leave this life will leave it too soon.
April 27, 2007
Father we entrust our brother Matthew to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Matthew in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy.
April 27, 2007
Matt's Family- I wish I had the privilege of knowing Matt. My son, Alex, speaks highly of him. Alex is a junior at VT majoring in civil engineering and taking Dr Loganathan's measurements class in which Matt is a teaching assistant. Alex has talked of Matt's easy going attitude and helpful assistance to the students in the class. On a visit to VT this past Saturday Alex showed us how Matt had cheerfully taken time from a busy weekend to open an equipment locker to allow completion of an assigment by his team. One can only imagine the accomplishments Matt would have achieved. I know his legacy will live on through the VT scholarship fund set up. Many future VT engineers will benefit. We will not forget.
April 27, 2007
I graduated with Matt at Thomas Dale and he will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. :(
April 27, 2007
We were shocked to hear of the event leading to Matt's passing. You have our deepest sympathy and love. Matt was a great boy!

We hadn't seen him since high school.

Your former neighbors, Faye & Michael...
April 26, 2007
Hi,

I graduated Thomas Dale High School in 1991; however; after I graduated I used to go to the basketball games and that where I saw Matt. I also saw Matt at the YMCA. He was allways a nice kid. This world lossed a great person when Matt died.I know it been two weaks but I am still thinking about him.
April 26, 2007
I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
April 26, 2007
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
April 26, 2007
To the Gwaltney Family,

My deepest condolences on the tragic loss of Matthew. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God provide you with strength and comfort during this difficult time.
April 26, 2007
My heart is deeply saddened for the Gwaltney family. Just remember at Revelation 21:4= that God will wipe out tears from their eyes and death will be no more. Neither will mourning , nor sorrow be anymore. The former things have passed away.
April 26, 2007
REST IN PEACE SWEET BEAUTIFUL PRECIOUS ANGEL
April 26, 2007
Our hearts and prayers are with your family.
April 26, 2007
Matthew Gwaltney looks up toward the sun
The ball is falling his eyes lock he’s on the run
He squints to make sure to get a good look
The ball falls down into the glove he turns around and makes a hook
It hits the backboard swirls the rim
Breaths are held eyes swell as it falls in
His simmering summers full of basketball and softball
Even though his talent was boyishly very raw
Matthew gave everything his all
Rivers move flow to the sea
He looked at them and felt free
He’s a son and a friend that one will forever know
Remember Matthew and his radiant glow

http://32originals.blogspot.com/2007/04/matthew-g-gwaltney.html
April 25, 2007
From one Hokie Family to another...you are in our prayers.
April 25, 2007
My heart is broken upon learning of the loss of your son. I did not know him, but in the short time that I have known you, he could be none other than an extraordinary young man.

May God bless and heal your broken heart.
April 25, 2007
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
April 25, 2007
to the family, you are in my prayers
April 25, 2007
Greg and Mr. Granville,
We are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. We lived in Chester in 1991-93 and were in Sunday School with you at Ironbridge Baptist. I can't imagine what you are going through, but please know that we are praying for you and your family.
April 25, 2007
On behalf of the Members of First Christian Church, in Burlington Iowa, we want to express our utmost condolences at this most difficult time in your lives. May it be a comfort to you and your family and friends to know that you are being remembered right now and in the months to come in the thoughts and prayers of so many. It is our prayer that you will feel God’s everlasting love and presence in this time of sorrow and that you turn to Him for His strength to guide your way through these troubled times. We sincerely hope and pray that your tremendous grief at this time will gradually diminish while the precious memories of your loved ones will last forever. May you find peace in God’s never failing love and care and may God's blessing be with you and your family at this time. It is our fervent prayer that you find strength in the Lord!
Jesus told his disciples, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4.
April 25, 2007
To Matthews parents: Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your son. I have lost a child and know of your pain and sorrow.
April 25, 2007
My heart and prayers are with you. Proverbs 3:5-6 says: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

May God bless this family.
April 25, 2007
I am so sorry to hear about Matthew, even though I did not know him. I know how proud you are of him from what I've read about him. Know he will be with you always. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.
April 25, 2007
May the Memories that you hold closest to your Heart bring you Comfort and Peace.
Perhaps they are not Stars in the Sky, but rather Openings where Our Loved Ones Smile down upon Us.
God Bless Your Dear Family
April 25, 2007
What a senseless and tragic loss for all of us. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
April 25, 2007
We are heart struck over the senseless actions of one individual. Our thoughts are with you. After the tears stop flowing and the pain softens try to remember the time you shared with your loved one and the memories you made, Memories are eternal and forever and know one can take that away from you.
April 25, 2007
I am very sorry for your loss. I have experienced losses both anticipated and unexpected. When I was fifteen years old in my first year in high school, my mother died of melanoma at age 54 in December 2004; we were anticipating the loss. As with me, I am sure your loss is emotionally stressful for you and your family.

Your grief may ebb and flow. It has been said that each of us has this well deep inside of us that can be filled to the brim with grief. Every time we cry, we empty out some of the well. But the well fills again. The level of sorrow in your well may lessen as time passes, but it will never run dry. There will always be birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and those days when the well seems to fill to its brim again. Allow yourself time to remember and mourn. It is part of your healing. Grief is a continuing journey.
April 25, 2007
When we lost our 21-year-old daughter, also a college student, in a tragic car crash six years ago we never would have thought anyone would understand the pain we have been feeling. But to Matthew's family, know that there are thousands who know what you are feeling and we know that while the pain will never ever go away, it will gradually ease and you will one day be able to smile again when you think of the times you cherished with Matthew. This is a time when you are feeling tremendous support from people all over the world. Soon you will be alone with your grief and you will need to support each other as never before. Seek counseling; seek out others like you as I am with this message. You will find comfort and strength, and Matthew will remain forever. I wish you all the best in this difficult journey.
April 24, 2007
M Maven
A Absolute
T True
T Trustworthy
H Honest
E Eager
W Whole
April 24, 2007
I am so sorry, there are no words. I never met Matthew but I grieve with you.
April 24, 2007
It is so shocking what happened on that sorrowful day
In my prayers you will forever stay
Although we never met and I did not know you
This is a poem for you to say my adieu
It is a shame you can not be with us today
Due to everything that happened I am still in dismay
Now you are up in a better place
We will never forget your honor and grace
Please look over us, protect us from dangers
You are missed by your family and countless strangers
I wanted to let you know you are in the thoughts of many
Condolences and commiserations are aplenty
I bless your family hope they stay strong
In my thoughts they will always belong
I say to you and the other decease
I wish that you all rest in peace
April 24, 2007
From all I have heard and read about Matthew he was an extraordinary young man with so many gifts to offer. My thoughts are with all his family and friends that will miss his precious love. God has a special place for angels such at Matthew. He will continue his remarkable work in greater ways than we can ever know. I hope those he left behind, will honor and remember him, by living by his wonderful example. My prayers are with you.
April 24, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. TDHS Alumni ('94)
April 24, 2007
I am truly sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for your family. God Bless You!
April 24, 2007
Dear Gwaltney Family,
My heart poors out to you, i know you will get through this, we all lost such a wonderful person who was very well respected and had such a positive impact on people. we will always remember his beautiful smile. I know myself and everybody else that graduated with Matt, class of 2001 is mourning with you, and wish your family the best in overcoming this as we will try as well. Matt as well as the others and that day will always be remembered. Luv you Matt, May God be with you and may you rest in peace. '01
April 24, 2007
Our prayers and sympathy are with you, please remember the days of his life not the moments of his death. Be assured God was with him and he wasn't alone nor afraid. May you one day have peace and comfort instead of tears and sorrow.
April 24, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 24, 2007
Please accept our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts will be with you today and in the days ahead.
April 24, 2007
I didnt know any of the people that passed, but this whole thing has gotten to me, alot. I am 15 years old and I'm a freshman at Crawford County High School in Roberta, GA. This tragedy has most definatley opened up the eyes of many people, even in other states far from Virginia. Even my school in this little town we know as Roberta are buckling down and making sure that our schools are safer. It has opened up my eyes to all the possiblities at schools, here in Georgia, Virginia, and all over the world also. My condolences go out to all the friends and family of the victims. I can't possibly begin to imagine what they must be going through. Stay strong, VT will pull through!
April 24, 2007
To the Gwaltney Family, may the love and prayers of all us TDHS and VT Hokies surround you and give you comfort. Although I did not know Matt personally I knew him because he was a TD Knight and a VT Hokie. God Bless. Linda (TDHS '70; VA Tech '74)
April 24, 2007
I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the Gwaltney family. I didn't know Matthew, but I can tell you being a Hokie myself means I really did know him in Hokie spirit. May you never lose sight of is smile and know that the Hokies are watching over him safely now. I will remember you Matthew in every, Go, Hokies! , that passes from my lips from now on. Rest in Peace.
April 24, 2007
To the entire Gwaltney family our deepest sympathies go out to each of you.

To Matt's parents you all did a wonderful job raising such a fine young man. This world needs more parents like you.

We can only hope and pray that the sorrow you are experiencing will ease with time.
April 24, 2007
To the Gwaltney Family,

My prayers are with you during this time of loss.
April 23, 2007
To All of the family of Matthew,
Although I never knew him, I was blessed to know his grandmother, Donez Poindexter. She was my fifth grade teacher at Salem Church Elementary. Please know how truly sorry I am for your loss. Although I no longer live in VA, please know that you and all of the many people affected by this tragedy are in our thoughts and prayers here in Arizona, as well as all around the world. May God give you strength and peace to face the days ahead as you remember the good things about your beloved Matthew.
April 23, 2007
Dearest Family of Matthew,
I just wanted to let you know I knew your son from playing basketball with him at McComas (VT Gymnasium). He truly was a great person on and off the court. He always had a smile on his face which was contagious. I always enjoyed playing with him because he would give it his all. He will always be remembered and I will continue to pray for you all. God Bless your family.
April 23, 2007
God bless you
April 23, 2007
Dear Linda and Greg,

At this time, our family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to be present on Sunday in memory of your beloved son, Matthew. Truly, we were honored to pay our respects to Matthew and your family. We would like you to know that we are present to support you in any of your needs. Matthew and your family will remain in our prayers. Matthew was an angel on Earth to countless people and now he is an angel in Heaven. Thank you for raising such an extraordinary young man, who still serves as a shining role model for our youth. Our hearts and prayers are with both of you and your family.

With Sincerest Sympathies,

Gina Prettitore-Austin & Family
April 23, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. Over the last few days, my family and I feel we have come to know your son through the media and, most importantly, through our daughter. She is a freshman enrolled in Matt's engineering workshop. She had nothing but good things to say about him through the tears. He has had a profound impact upon her success in his class and her aspirations in engineering. You should be very proud. What a wonderful mentor! May God bless you and your family and may you find peace knowing that Matt touch many lives--even those that you may never hear about. Our hearts go out to you in this time of great sorrow.
April 23, 2007
In our thoughts and prayers, the McCormack family,Jason,Kaye,Daniel
April 23, 2007
To The Gwaltney Family,

In the quiet moments, when the hurt is hard to bear, may love become your shelter and may the beauty of precious memories of Matthew be your comfort. You all will forever be held in gentle thoughts and prayers by many.
April 23, 2007
Our hearts and prayers are with your family and the entire VT family during this time. May you get comfort from the many expressions of sympathy that has been extended to you and may God be with you through your most trying days.
April 23, 2007
Words can't express the sorrow I've felt at the loss of your loved one. May God's Grace and Mercy give you comfort and peace.
April 23, 2007
I am truly so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
April 23, 2007
I did not know you but this tragedy has made the whole nation weep. May you find peace and strength in the days to come. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
April 23, 2007
Greg and family,
I was not fortunate enough to have known your son Matthew, however you must be very proud of this " role model" of what we all as parents hope our children grow up to be. So many accolades, so many accomplishments, so many friends, so much promise, for such a short time hear among us. Your son must have lived life to the fullest, it speaks for itself. All of what Matthew accomplished in his short life also tells me that you ,as parents, did an outstanding job. Amongest all of the sorry I am sure there is tremendous pride. Please accept my sincere condolences. I wish peace and comfort to you and your family.
April 23, 2007
IN TIMES LIKE THESE THERE ARE NO WORDS FROM FAMOUS POETS OR PLAYWRIGHTS THAT CAN DO JUSTICE EXCEPT THE WORD OF GOD. TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT TO YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. TRY NOT TO MAKES SENSE OF THIS GOD HAS THIS IN HIS HANDS. PLEASE KNOW THAT OUR FAMILY IS STANDING IN THE GAP FOR YOU IN PRAYER. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU COMFORTED DURING THIS TIME..........MY DAUGHTER IS A 2004 GRADUATE OF THOMAS DALE..WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER MAT
April 23, 2007
Continue to pray for Peace, Strength, and Joy for God will deliver.
April 23, 2007
It's so terrible that something like this can still happen in the year 2007...
You will forever be in the world their prayers, their thoughts, their heart!
April 23, 2007
May you find comfort and strength in our loving God and Savior. May He send many your way throughtout the days ahead that will be an encouragement to you just when you need it most. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Although we don't know you and will never meet, we are family - we all belong to the family of God. We will continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers today and in all the tomorrows yet to be. Your son made a difference in so many lives - even in his death.
April 23, 2007
Although we have never met, this overwhelming tragedy breaks my heart. I wish I could comfort you in some way. I can tell you that you and Matthew are in my heart and prayers.
Here in Israel we say at a time of loss, "May Matthew rest in peace and may you never know sorrow again".
April 23, 2007
I did not know you or your family. But I don’t believe there is a person in the world whose heart has not been touched by this tragedy. There is nothing in this life that brings us more sorrow than to lose loved ones in death. Even harder to bear is when the lives of loved ones are lost due to an unexpected tragedy. The shock can be overwhelming.
Be assured that God promises that he…”is near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalms 34:18) Nothing can bring us more peace of mind than the inspired words of… the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulations. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) Take comfort and solace in the Bible's message as we all await the time when GOD…” will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)
April 23, 2007
Our heartfelt sorrow in the loss of your Matthew. In reading about Matt, he loved his friends, teaching, and sports. May your loving memories keep Matt close to you in spirit and heart. Our prayers and thoughts are with you always.
April 23, 2007
Thinking of you. Love and Prayers from the Gates Family. Wanda, Edwin,Karen, Daniel, Clayton, and Harold.
April 23, 2007
Matt was a very caring and happy person and I feel honored to have known him from Thomas Dale. May he rest in peace. He will forever stay in my thoughts and prayers and may God bless him and his family.
April 23, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. If I can help you once back at work please let me know.
Pam Barden ( PMUSA)
April 23, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you .
April 23, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Holly and Jeff Webb
Powhatan
April 23, 2007
I trust that God be your strength and comforter in your time of sorrow. Be encouraged and be blessed.
April 23, 2007
To the Gwaltney Family, There's no way to fully understand the pain you're going through right now. But there's one certain thing in all this, one thing more powerful than the sadness you feel..God's love is here to surround you, to strengthen you, to carry you. Please know that we're all praying for you as your hearts heal. With Sympathy.
April 23, 2007
As a Virginian, Hokie, and Gwaltney, you have my prayers. It broke my heart when I read the names and saw Matt's. He sounds like he would have changed the world we live in.....
April 23, 2007
I am so very sorry for your loss. May God give you strength and comfort at this time.
April 23, 2007
KAREN AND FAMILY
YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
April 23, 2007
It is amazing to see that so many strangers take the time to give their condolences to families that they don't even know. May the good Lord bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. No words of sympathy will relieve the pain that your family is feeling at this time. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
April 23, 2007
MAY CHRIST BLESS YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE. MAY HE COMFORT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
Our Hearts Are Heavy For Your Loss, and Our Prayers Are With You
And Your Family
April 23, 2007
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.
April 23, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss; my prayers are with you.
April 23, 2007
Linda,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of Matthew. He seemed like a wonderful young man and the world certainly won't be the same without him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
April 23, 2007
Gwaltney Family,
On behalf of the Moore family we want you to know that you are in our daily prayers. Words will never replace the loss, stop the hurt or even comfort you. But, we just wanted to let you know that we share your grief. Although we did not know Matthew, we work with Tim Gwaltney at Flowerwood Nursery, Inc., and we consider Tim a part of our FLowerwood Family. When one hurts here, we all hurt.

God Bless You
May HIS arms comfort You

Arleen Moore

MATT 21:22 is our prayer for you
April 23, 2007
On behalf of Flowerwood Nursery, Inc., the employer of Tim Gwaltney, who is Matthew's second cousin, please accept our sincere condolences. Your family is in our thoughts and our prayers.
April 23, 2007
Words cannot express my sorrow upon hearing of this tragedy. Greg, I regret that we haven't spoken in years. Although I never knew your son, I can understand the love you had for him by looking at my own son. None of us can understand this event except in one context: he and his fellow students and faculty are in a better place. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you and your family.
April 23, 2007
Dear Greg and Family of Matt,
I too attended TDHS with you the Class of 1975. I wanted to extend to you and your loved ones my deepest sympathy and gratitude for raising a son who was so beloved. I remember Greg and how the small community of Chester would pull close together during times of loss. Please know that you all are held dear and love extends from many of us around the world. (Cookie Ozmar)
April 23, 2007
Linda, you and the entire Gwaltney family are in my thoughts and prayer during this difficult time. God will be with you every step of the way, just call upon him for comfort and strength.
April 23, 2007
May you find love, support and strength all around you to persevere through this most painful moment.
April 23, 2007
May you take comfort in the memories and love that surround you, and find hope in the promise of eternal life.
April 23, 2007
Our deepest condolences on your loss. May God grant you his peace and bring healing to your hearts.
April 23, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
April 23, 2007
Sympathies and prayers from our family to yours during this tragic time.
April 23, 2007
Greg,
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 23, 2007
Words are not adequate to express how I feel, but I read about your son and knew some Gwaltneys in Roanoke and wanted to express my sorrow at your loss.
April 23, 2007
From way over in the Land of the Rising Sun, I send my condolences to the Gwaltney family. I am sorry I am so far away but even at this great distance I am constantly praying for our Lord to aid your family during this difficult time. Yesterday at Tokyo Peace Church, all of the members of the English Service gathered to pray for Matt and your family. We all talked about why the Lord took Matt away from this earth, but we all know he is now in a good place with the Father.
I hope to see the Gwaltney family when I return in August, but until then you will always remain in my thoughts and prayers.
April 23, 2007
Our hearts go out to your family at this difficult time. My husband is a Tech Alumni and I am a Chesterfield school bus driver, so we are all deeply saddened by the events of last week that have touched our community.
April 23, 2007
Emmanuel Church in Geneva, Switzerland held a service in honor and remembrance of the V Tech victims yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with victims’ families and friends.
April 23, 2007
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
April 22, 2007
May God bless you and bring you peace.
April 22, 2007
Joyful memories of Matthew will always live in your hearts. May God comfort you and give you peace during this tragic time.
April 22, 2007
KAREN,
I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MATT WAS A GREAT GUY AND I KNOW YOUR WERE SO PROUD OF HIM AND HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS FROM ALL THE LITTLE TALKS WE HAD TOGETHER AT THE TANNING SALON. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
April 22, 2007
Dear Family and Friends of Matthew,
I am just so sorry that your son and all the dreams you had for him are gone. My heart aches for all of you. May the God of all comfort supply you with all you need in the days ahead. I am thankful for all the days you had your wonderful son. I am truly sorry for your loss. Bless you.
April 22, 2007
i had the privledge of playing in a couple of pick up games of basketball with matt after he had graduated high school. he was a genuinly friendly person with a heart the size of a horse. im saddened by your loss and hope no other tragedy like this happens.
April 22, 2007
Although we don't know you we would like to extend our deepest Condolences to everyone in your family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our heart breaks for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you strength and comfort through this very hard time. God Bless You All!
April 22, 2007
We are so deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Matthew. We have heard so many wonderful things about Matthew, from a few friends that your son, and my 2 sons share. Their parents spoke just as highly of Matthew. Our sons are graduates from TDHS class of 2002 and 2006. They both knew Matthew, but only in passing. Our Sunday School class prayed for your family today, we will contiune to pray for your family.
God Bless,
April 22, 2007
Words cannot express my heartfelt sympathy. May you find peace and comfront in knowing that others are lifting you up in thoughts and prayer. God Bless.
April 22, 2007
We will always remember our neighbors and their precious son, Matthew. Our hearts are full of sorrow and sadness for you and your family. There are no words to express our sympathy, but please know our hearts are embracing your family.
Ken, Cindy, Brian & Craig Pulliam /New Albany, Ohio
April Harris / Lexington, VA
April 22, 2007
Just want to let you know we are thinking and praying for your family. Matthew looks like he was a kind, happy young man. We are Hoos for Hokies. Our sympathy.
April 22, 2007
To the Gwaltney Family,

What a lovely young man you have raised. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
April 22, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. We send our deepest condolences and will remember you in our prayers.
April 22, 2007
Matthew's family and friends,
Our prayers and love are with you in this tragedy.
God Bless
The Burd Family
April 22, 2007
Trust your faith and God will give you the strength to face the tough days ahead. The world grieves with you - you will forever be surrounded by thoughts and prayers of love and support.
April 22, 2007
You are in my thoughts and prayers!
April 22, 2007
Dear Greg and family,
What an accomplished and kind hearted son you raised. It is obvious that he touched many lives, and truly was a young man of outstanding character. Please know that you are being thought of often and being held close in my heart and prayers.
Janet Updyke Boland (TDHS Class of 1975)
April 22, 2007
May God bless your family during this difficult time. Your family is in our prayers.
April 22, 2007
Our deepest Sympathy goes out to you and your family. We will continue to pray for you and your family.
April 22, 2007
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
April 22, 2007
To Matthews' loved ones,

Being a girl that grew up in Chesterfield county was especially affected by this tradegy. I attended Midlothian High School and knew quite well of Chester High. My heart goes out to you guys close to Matthew. His story has touched a place in my heart in were I'll always remember him.
April 22, 2007
Our son Paol (TDHS class of 2000) remembers Matt as a friend and a very nice person. He played pick-up basketball with him from time to time at the Chester YMCA. Our town will miss this fine young man. God Bless Matt's family.
The Balducci Family (Wanda, TDHS class of 1975), Chester, VA
April 22, 2007
May God bless you and bring you peace during this tragic time in your life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
April 22, 2007
To the Gwaltney Family,
Although I do not know your family, my heart is bleeding for you. I have two girls one of whom is college aged and I can not begin to imagine the grief and sorrow your family is feeling at this time. We are all with you and supporting your family in your grief. Our hearts are open and our prayers will surround you!!
May God bless you and your family.
April 22, 2007
I did not know Matthew, but this morning our entire church prayed for all of the families of this terrible tragedy. We were asked to pick one or two names from the list of innocent victims, and for some reason, I chose Matthew. I am so sorry for your loss.
April 22, 2007
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

April 22, 2007
You're in my thoughts and prayers.
April 22, 2007
Greg & Family,

Although I never met Matt, I felt like I knew him from the many times you spoke of him.

I am so very very sorry for you and your family. You can't imagine how many times I have thought of you since last Tuesday morning when Frank told me.

If there is anything I can do, let me know.

Greg StClair
April 22, 2007
My family and I are mourning because your family mourns; we find comfort in knowing that you all have many wonderful memories of your loved one. God bless you.
April 22, 2007
We are very sorry for the loss of your very dear Matthew. May his fond memory be a comfort to you all through out the tough times ahead. Please accept our love and deepest sympathies.
April 22, 2007
There is no way to say I am sorry for your loss and it heal your family and friends heart's .

I can tell you from losing someone suddenly myself, you will feel many emotions as you grieve.

Each one is needed. Bless you as you walk this road.
April 22, 2007
There are simply no words to express my profound sadness for your tragic loss. I will carry you in my heart always.
April 21, 2007
Dear Karen, Greg and family,
There are no words that can adequately express our sorrow and shock at the loss of your precious Matthew. It has been many years since we last saw you. I knew then that he was a precious gift from God who would grow up to be a successful young man, and I was right! He was taken from you far too early I know, but he will live on forever in the memories of us all. May we all strive to be better human beings, as he did. Please know that you are all in our prayers, and will continue to be. We extend our heartfelt sympathy.
April 21, 2007
Greg,
My Sincere sympathies to you and your entire family. Through life, Matthew made his mark as a decent, accomplished young man who should be remembered with pride. Through Crist, Matthew will continue to Live. May God grant you peace and warm you with his love.
April 21, 2007
I am so sorry for your family's loss of Matt. My thoughts are with your family during this horrible time.
April 21, 2007
Karen and family, I am a '77 graduate of Thomas Dale and a good friend of Karen. Karen you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have really struggled with the right words to express my sympathy. I look back at our good times fondly, and want you to know how much you and your family have been in my prayers.

Jeri (Peck) O'Connell Yorktown, VA
April 21, 2007
GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY IN THIS TRYING TIME. OUR PRAYERS ARE FOR MATTHEW AND OTHER VICTIMS.
April 21, 2007
Words can't express what you must feel about the tragic loss of your loved son, but be sure that he has found his peace already, may the lord give you the strength , to come over the great loss, u suffer from , right now...rest in peace matthew
April 21, 2007
Our names are Patty, Gary, and Whitney Robertson. Whitney is a junior engineering student at VT and Matthew was her TA and a good friend. She has been devastated by his death. We send you our deepest sympathies and want you to know that your family is in our prayers throughout every day. Your son had a great impact on Whitney's life and she will not forget him. God bless you all. We pray for your healing and for peace.
April 21, 2007
Dear Gwaltney Family,

First, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to your entire family. I did not know Matt, but I knew and adored Frances Gwaltney.I grew up in Chester. Sherrie Smith is my sister.

Secondly, as a "Hokie", we lost part of our family that dreadful day. Our hearts ache and our souls feel weakened. Our innocent love of ALL that Virginia Tech represents to its very core lives in us. It becomes a part of who we are. It was Matt. He is a "Hokie".

Thirdly, how proud you must be of such a wonderful son. To know and feel so blessed that Your son was such a great student and person must feel you with such pride and love. It is that pride and love that will stay with you every single day.

Thank you for giving us such a wonderful young man. Undoubtedly, his family, friends and classmates will miss him.


May GOD bless you during this time.

Sincerely,
Kim Thornburg Belfore
VT '85
April 21, 2007
We are very sorry on the sudden loss of your son Matthew. Remember the neverending love of our Lord for your family and your son Matthew who is now in his care.
April 21, 2007
Greg,
Many years have passed since our paths last crossed. I graduated
from Thomas Dale with you in 1975. I have no eloquent words to ease the pain you and your family must feel. I hope you can find the strength to endure this tragedy. My family and I send our deepest symapathy and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.
April 21, 2007
We never met Matt, but we know many others who did know him; and all think that he was a superior young man. Our family wanted you to know that we will pray for you and be thinking of you in the weeks to come. It has got to bring you comfort to know that you raised such a wonderful young man. You have our sincere sympathy.
April 21, 2007
God bless the Gwaltney family at this difficult time.
April 21, 2007
I will always remember Matt's warm smile and what a polite and caring young man he was. You were great parents and it manifested itself in Matt. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 21, 2007
Dear Gwaltney Family
May God give you the strength to get through this most difficult time. Matt is in heaven looking down on all his family, friends and classmate. Our prayers are with you.
April 21, 2007
I only met Matt a few times, but have heard lots of stories about him over the years through my brother Ashby. Throughout their friendship I never heard anything but great things about Matt — I think we all could learn form the way he lived his life. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that you can find a way to have peace with what has happened. I know he has left an impression on everyone he knew.
April 21, 2007
May God grant you peace, and know that America grieves with you.
April 21, 2007
My prayers are with all of Matthew's family and friends. I cannot imagine the depth of your pain and loss.Please remember that Matthew will never be forgotten and he has graduated to a wonderful place. I hope you all take care of yourself and each other.
April 21, 2007
May GOD keep you and your family close together at this most difficult time of need. May Heaven shine a little brighter until you see him again.
April 21, 2007
Greg,

I haven't known what to say or write. I do know you have so often been in my thoughts and I have lifted you up in my prayers. I have prayed for peace from God for you and all the families that are suffering through this time.
April 21, 2007
Remember with you one life that touched so many others. May the concerns of family and friends comfort you during this sad time of your life. God Bless!
April 21, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Gwaltney family in the loss of Matthew. I did not know Matthew, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that there are people out here that does care. Hold tight to your treasured memories that his special smile may continue to shine on. I pray that peace will fine you all.
April 21, 2007
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF SORROW. REMEMBER MATTHEW IS NO FARTHER FROM YOU THAN YOUR HEART. YOU ALL HAVE A VERY SPECIAL ANGEL IN HEAVEN WATCHING OVER YOU.
April 21, 2007
I am truley sorry for your loss.May God Bless you and your family and hold you tight in his arms.
April 21, 2007
Greg & Linda and Karen,
Our hearts and prayers are with you. I did not know Matt as an adult, just as a young boy. It has been a comfort to me during this horrible time to hear what a wonderful man he grew to be. You did such a great job in helping him to become such an amazing person. You will all remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Wanda & Randy Rowlett (Matt & Rachel)
April 21, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 21, 2007
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

April 21, 2007
MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THE WORLD IS A LESSER PLACE WITHOUT HIM BUT WE KNOW THAT HE IS IN THE LORDS HANDS. MAY HAPPY MEMORIES BRING PEACE WITHIN YOUR HEART.
April 21, 2007
Greg, I am your cousin. My mother is Betty. I haven't seen you since I lived in Chester. My husband and I live near Blacksburg and have a strong attachment to VA Tech. We were at the candle light vigil on Tuesday and I had a deep sense of peace that overwhelmed me. It wasn't until Wednesday that I was able to put together that Matthew was your son. I knew that Granville is often at Truby's Garage in Chester and they confirmed my thoughts. Our hearts go out to you and all of the family. We are close to the campus if you need anything.
April 21, 2007
You are in our prayers, I Peters 5:7 says "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
P.S. Even though you don't know us you all are still in our prayers Love In Christ,
April 21, 2007
To The Gwaltney family.
From a fellow Knight(class of 74) and a fellow Hokie, I was so deeply saddened by this terrible news. As a father of two young girls I cannot begin to fathom the grief you are experiencing. From the entire Carruthers family you have our deepest sympathy. May God help you find the strength to move forward.
April 21, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 21, 2007
To Matt's family and friends- I did not know your son, but I am a graduate of both Thomas Dale and Virginia Tech. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart is broken. God bless all of the Hokies.
April 21, 2007
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 21, 2007
Bless Matthew and his family. I am a stranger that mourns with you.
April 21, 2007
My heart breaks for you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers forever. I am truly sorry.
April 21, 2007
I am so sorry, for you for your family and your friends. You did not deserve to die this way, but I have to trust that there is a greater plan that mere humans cannot fathom, but through faith will understand.
April 21, 2007
Sorrowful tears
well up in my eyes
For those who have fallen
like rain from the skies

Each life was so precious
so many are gone
May they shine now from Heaven
like a new morning dawn

I cannot make sense
of this tragic event
I offer my heart
and my prayers have been sent

Each one had a dream
Each one had a goal
Each one had a family
Each one has a soul

Life must go on
for loved ones so shattered
Reach to their hearts
and show them it mattered

For families so lost
For friends left to cope
I greive for their hearts
I pray for their hope

In memory of those who have fallen and for those left to grieve.
For those left injured in harms way...
I pray for peace and healing of your hearts.
April 21, 2007
I will hold your family in my heart forever.
April 20, 2007
Grown men are not supposed to cry but I broke down in tears when I read your son's profile. He was such an awesome guy and had so much going for him. As a Hokie words cannot describe how horrified I am about the events of this past week. May God bless you and give you strength at this time of great loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
April 20, 2007
Our family has been deeply sadden and shocked by the loss of so many during Monday's tragedy. We are so sorry for the pain that your family is going through. We have been praying for you and all the other victims and families affected by this. May God bless you and comfort you during this difficult time.
April 20, 2007
To Matthews family & friends:
Our hearts & prayers go out to you.
April 20, 2007
I did not know your son, but I am saddened by your loss as well as the loss that all the other families must feel.
May peace be with you at this time, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
P.Smith
April 20, 2007
You are in my thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow.
April 20, 2007
May Christ be with each of you and surround you with His love. I do not know you personally, but my family is very much involved at VTech. God spared our son-in-law and our niece. We are thankful for this. It sounds like your young man is with God in His heaven right now. God bless you with His love again.
April 20, 2007
To the entire Gwaltney family, the Davis family sends God's arms to wrap around each of you in this time of deep sorrow and loss...we knew your grandmother Frances, and know that you are with her now and she will keep you safe from harm from here on in...God bless each of you in the coming days when you will need him most to comfort you...take care of each other and know that others share your loss.
April 20, 2007
Karen,
Words cannot express the sadness I feel for you and your family at this difficult time. Please know that you are in my prayers.
April 20, 2007
We would like to express our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
April 20, 2007
Please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of your child. God be with you.
April 20, 2007
May God bless and keep your family
during this difficult times.Let us
therefore go boldly unto the thorne
of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Mary Higgins (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
April 20, 2007
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
April 20, 2007
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Matthew. I did not really know him personally but I feel I do because of the many times his paternal grandfather proudly told me of his goals in life. My condolences to all his family.
April 20, 2007
Karin and Family,
I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that has happened. May God bless your son and family.
April 20, 2007
Dear Gwaltney family,
May the peace of Christ rule your hearts during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers,
April 20, 2007
My heart and prayers are with you... May the Lord surround you with His love and peace and hold you in the palm of His hand as you go thru this time of sorrow in the days ahead... God Bless You,
April 20, 2007
I have some concidental associations with your family. Cynthia (Gwaltney) was a good friend of mine in elementary and middle school, and Kelly (Poindexter) was a good friend in high school and afterwards. I grew up in Chester.

I have been a Hokie since 1980. I received a B.S. and M.S. in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and I have worked at Virginia Tech since 1987. I lived the ordeal that has unfolded since April 16, 2007, and I can't begin to describe the overwhelming sadness in Blacksburg. The tears keep coming and I keep running out of tissues.

I want your family to know how privileged Virginia Tech was to have Matthew as a student and how much we will miss him and the other incredibly talented people we lost.

Please accept my most heartfelt condolences and be assured that I will be crying right alongside your family.

Belinda S. Carroll
April 20, 2007
April 20, 2007
I am a parent of two young boys and I can't even imagine what you are going through and my words can't even express how sorry that I am to hear about your son. My cousin is a freshman at VT and it just breaks my heart to hear what has happened. May God give you strength and hold you during this time. We are all behind your family and all of the victims' families. I am truly sorry.
April 20, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers
April 20, 2007
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
April 20, 2007
I did not know your son nor your family, but I am very saddened by the events of this past week , and I offer you my deepest sympathy. I have prayed and thought endlessly about all of those kids and their families, There are no words to even try to console and comfort you. I am sorry for your loss, and especially as for the way it turned out, in reading about you rson Matt, he seemed incredable and very much loved. Just keep the faith and every memory close to you, don't be afraid to cry or even talk about him at any time, it so helps to heal that way, May he always be in you r heart thoughts and he will be in my prayers. God bless you as you go though this difficult time.
April 20, 2007
Karen and Greg... I cannot even begin to comprehend your loss. Back when you lived on Laurel Spring my two boys played occasionally with Matt when visiting their cousin Daniel. I am praying for you now and in the days ahead. Take one day at a time. Concentrate on getting through that day and remembering all the great times you had with Matt. My heart aches with yours and you go through this difficult time.
April 20, 2007
I am deeply saddened by this tragedy may you all rest in peace forever and eternity with the Lord........He loves us all.
April 20, 2007
May peace be with you.
April 20, 2007
To the Gwaltneu Family
Please accept my deepest condolences for the lost of your son. My prayers will be with your family in your time of lost .
( Class of 88 Thomas Dale High School)
April 20, 2007
May God bless you.
April 20, 2007
May God bless and give you strength at this time of your great loss.

Isiah 40:31
April 20, 2007
Greg and family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. I am speechless at the horror of what happened and heartbroken trying to imagine how heartbroken you must be.

Greg, you were high school friends with my sister, Donna (TDHS '75), and she's the one who told me of the loss of your son. Please know that the entire Edwards family grieves with you and know that you are firmly in our thoughts and prayers.

I promise to you that every time God brings you to my mind that I will pray for your peace and encouragement.

Blessings,
Dottie Edwards
April 20, 2007
To the family of Mathew,
I did not know your son, but I was deeply saddened at the great loss of life that occured that fateful day. Mathew along all the others had so much promise for our world and it will be a smaller place without him. I know your hearts are full of sorrow. we can't begin to understand why such an awful thing had to happen. I just want to say to the family, keep your faith and let God wrap his loving arms around each of you. Be Blessed.
April 20, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches.
April 20, 2007
April 20, 2007
My deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of your son. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Bob Elmore (PHS 67 and VaTech 72)
April 20, 2007
May you find comfort in knowing you invested all your love and effort into this outstanding young man, and that he reached lifetime achievements.

Go rest high on that mountain, Matt. Your work on Earth is done.
April 20, 2007
Karen and Greg,
You are in our constant thoughts and prayers. We have such great memories of Matt. I have found so many pictures of our kids growing up together. It's so hard to believe what happened. We are so sorry and know there is really nothing we can say.
Just remember you are in our prayers. Karen I would love to hear from you sometime. Take care!
The John Berg Family
April 20, 2007
Thirty years ago I was an ordinary student at Virginia Tech. From all news accounts, your son was an exceptional person/student and Virginia Tech is surely a better place for Matt having been there. All I have in common with Matt is we are both Hokies. Once a Hokie, always a Hokie. May God bless his memory and keep his sole in a special heavenly place.
April 20, 2007
You're in our hearts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
April 20, 2007
To the Gwaltney Family,
We have never met but please accept my condolences for the lost of your son. May your memories provide comfort. Please know that there are many who care and are praying for your family.
April 20, 2007
Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your incredibly talented son Matthew.
April 20, 2007
I did not know your family but am a resident of Chester and have children of my own, I can only begin to imagine the sorrow you are going through. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 20, 2007
Greg,
I graduated from TDHS in 74 and we went to the aborted launch of Skylab together. This time of mourning has become even more personal to me now. My condolences and prayers are with you and your family.
April 20, 2007
To the Gwaltney family,

Be strong and know that Matt is in God's hands. I will miss is big smile and our great conversations.
Remember God will take care of you.

Roslyn Goode
Henrico County of Department of Public Works
April 20, 2007
THOMAS DALE CLASS OF 1995 & 2000
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I went to school with Matt. My family's thoughts and prayers are with yours. God Bless your family in this time of sorrow.
April 20, 2007
IN TIMES LIKE THESE THERE ARE NO WORDS FROM FAMOUS POETS OR PLAYWRIGHTS THAT CAN DO JUSTICE EXCEPT THE WORD OF GOD. TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT TO YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. TRY NOT TO MAKES SENSE OF THIS GOD HAS THIS IN HIS HANDS. PLEASE KNOW THAT OUR FAMILY IS STANDING IN THE GAP FOR YOU IN PRAYER. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU COMFORTED DURING THIS TIME
April 20, 2007
I knew Matt through my brother Ashby and I have always been impressed with him. His smile could light an entire room and boy did he know his sports! My heart is broken for all of you, I pray that you are able to take comfort in everyone's prayers and support.
April 20, 2007
Matt, You will be my unfortgetable. You will be missed grweatly and my prays are with you and your family. "Don't give up, Don't ever give up."
April 20, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you.
April 20, 2007
As a 1964 graduate of Thomas Dale, I take the horrors of this week personally. Matthew was from my school and even though I never knew him, he was a TD Knight. My deepest sympathy to all of his family and friends. May God ease your pain and heal your grief.
April 20, 2007
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time. Take comfort in knowing that God is with you and that Matthew is our guardian angel watching over us. We are thinking and praying for you all.God bless you.
Anne Marie,Ron(Cheese)and Va Thompson
April 20, 2007
Knowing Francis for many years, makes me feel that I knew Matthew. God bless you at this tragic time.
April 20, 2007
Although I did not know your son, you can tell he was a wonderful person with a lot of dreams ahead of him. He has to have had wonderful parents to have such a wonderful, beautiful and talented son. Your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
April 20, 2007
Greg and family,
I graduated TD in 1976 and while watching this horrific tradegy on tv I recognized the Gwaltney name and my heart filled with even more sorrow and sadness. I am so very sorry for your loss of Matt and am holding you and your family in my prayers. My love and sympathy are with you!
April 20, 2007
My prayers are with you. I never knew Matthew but I met you both in the Petersburg Barber Shop today. I saw how upset you both were when you first walked into the barber shop. Then, when I turned around and looked at you both when my son was getting his first hair cut, it made me smile to see the smiles on your faces. One of my biggest fears is what your family is going through right now. Just remember that the Lord is with you always. He will help you by providing you with a peace. Again, I am deeply sorry for your loss, my prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family through this tragedy in your life. Just remember, ALWAYS celebrate the life Matthew led, I am sure, Mr. Gwaltney, you were remembering the first time you took him to get his haircut. I sure pray that my son grows to be such caring man as your son seemed to be. Bless you all.
April 20, 2007
I did not know any of these victims of this hanious crime.I pray that you can move ahead with your lives.
April 20, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 20, 2007
To the Gwaltney Family
You are in Our Thoughts and Prayers
April 20, 2007
My heart goes out to your family in this time of unimaginable grief. May GOD give you strength in the coming days and years.
April 20, 2007
Greg,
I couldn't believe something like this could hit so close to home. The class of 1975 and myself would like to express our sincere sympathy for your great loss. Your family are indeed in all of our prayers...much love always, Skeet.
April 20, 2007
Gwaltney Family -

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Matt during his summers as an intern with the County of Henrico Public Works Department. Matt was an exceptional young man, you have much to be proud of. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 20, 2007
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
April 20, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very sad time...God Bless you...
April 20, 2007
My heart is broken for you and I am praying too.
April 20, 2007
MAY GOD BLESS AND BE WITH EACH AND EVERYONE IN MATTHEWS FAMILY
April 20, 2007
To the family of Matthew, I was very saddened to hear of the sad news. God bless all!
April 20, 2007
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007
http://www.ruthann1.com
April 20, 2007
Greg and Linda:
I do not know you personally but I have come to know what a wonderful son and young man Matthew was through conversations with Keith and Carl. I cannot begin to imagine the emptiness in your heart but I do believe that memories are a sign that our loved ones remain near in spirit and give us the strength to move forward. It is my prayer that your hearts will start on a journey of healing as you feel the comfort memories of Matthew will bring. May God bless you and your family.
April 20, 2007
You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the opressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more. Psalm 10:17-19 My heart and prayers go out to you and the many family's who lost loved one's at VT and even those that were injured or had to deal with this ordeal in any way. Please know that other's are praying for you all and may God give you the strength you need to endure this time of sadness. Faith makes things possible....not easy. Know that God only picks the best flowers for his garden. I didn'tknow your love one but from reading his obituary, I can tell he was a fine young man and you all must be very proud of him. Know he is fine and an angel looking down on you all saying, It is well.
April 20, 2007
Greg,
My heart hurts for you - I pray that God will bring peace to your heart again.

Carolyn Hutchinson
Commercial Properties Management
April 20, 2007
i pray god gives you strength to bare the road of healing and the love of family and friends to contiune the path of life with openess love understanding and compassion.
April 20, 2007
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
April 20, 2007
KEEP PRESSING ON
April 20, 2007
I pray God gives you strength now and always.
April 20, 2007
To the Gwaltney Family,
I didn't know Matthew or the family but you are all in my prayers. May his precious memories bring you peace.
April 20, 2007
Many thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
The Krentz Family
April 20, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. It is important to keep the memories alive. Time heals ...
Deepest Sympathies,

Mary Alice Dankulich (Wyeth colleague of Lee Poindexter)
April 20, 2007
We extend our sympathy to the Gwaltney family. May God be with you and comfort at this time.
Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Brenda Kirkland (TDHS class of 1977) and family.
April 20, 2007
Our family wish to express our deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow.May GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!
April 20, 2007
I pray for God's comfort for your family.
VT '64
April 20, 2007
May you always be in peace.
April 20, 2007
Karen,
I can't imagine the sorrow you are felling at this time. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
April 20, 2007
Thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. We are all in a state of shock.
April 20, 2007
No words can adequately express our sorrow for your loss. May your faith sustain you through these dark times.
April 20, 2007
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

There will be unimaginable signs from everywhere. I believe in my heart he will always be you. My family and friends have you in our prayers.
April 20, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragedic time. Take comfort in knowing he is in a better place.
April 20, 2007
My
thoughts and prayers are with Matthews family. Matthew was my first
friend in grade school, and even though he moved away, his memory was
always in my heart, and is there to stay. God Bless!
April 20, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you.

The Hughes Family
April 20, 2007
Greg
I am so sorry for your loss.You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.Please accept my deepest sympathies and may God bless and bring you comfort in the days to come
April 20, 2007
Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire family.
April 20, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 20, 2007
I did not know Matthew, but as a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and sorrow you must feel. May the memory of Matthew's life overshadow the tragedy of his death. You are not alone. Know that the world is grieving with you. We pray together for you and your beautiful angel son. God bless! We will never forget.
April 20, 2007
To Matt's family. My heart is breaking with yours. The pain & agony that you feel now will, in time, lighten some. You will be able to laugh again when you think about Matt. Your tears will flow, let them. God is with those that greive. Lean on him. I lost my son, Matt in 2005 to a shooting accident. Talk about Matt anytime you want to. Don't hold anything back! He will always be with you.
April 20, 2007
I knew Matt from TDHS baseball when he played with my son Michael and they graduated together from TDHS in 2001. He was, indeed, the kind of young man all fathers hope their daughters will bring home.

Today, we are all Hokies and Thomas Dale Knights.

Our prayers are with you all in the Gwaltney family from the Thomas Dale High School Class of 1967 and the Averett University family.

Mike (TDHS '67), Aaron (TDHS '96), Ashley (TDHS '98), Michael (TDHS '01)
April 20, 2007
Please know that you and yours will be in my thoughts and prayers.
April 20, 2007
All of my thoughts and prayers are with you Greg and your family.I am so sorry for this terrable loss.
April 20, 2007
From my family to yours, may you know that we have thought about you and all the students who tradgically did what was right and good by attending class on Monday. My brother Michael attended Va Tech and so we were shaken by the news. As a former student of Thomas Dale and a classmate of Greg's I am deeply saddened by your loss. We will continue to pray for you in the coming weeks as you try to move on. May God Bless you.
April 20, 2007
Karen and family-
I was profoundly sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Your son was an outstanding young man. May God grant you strength and comfort in the days ahead.
April 20, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you
April 20, 2007
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
April 20, 2007
Karen, you and I were classmates at CHHS and my husband knows your husband. We both found out about your loss and realized that we know you. We both want to convey our condolences to you and your family. I cannot imagine losing my children. You and your family are in our prayers every day as well as the other families who lost a child during this terrible tragedy. May God help ease your pain as time goes by. God loves you and will comfort you during this difficult time.
April 20, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I taught with Matthew's grandmother, Donez, and am sending healing thoughts and prayers in the time of this senseless tragedy.
Eleanor and Franz Damhesel
April 20, 2007
Though I met Matt for only a breif time (I interviewed him for a job at Timmons Group), I was so impressed with him that we offered him a position on the spot. Being a parent myself, I can not imagine what it would be like if I were in your shoes. However, having met Matt, I can only conclude that you, his parents, were wonderful, loving parents (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree). My heart goes out to you in this time. However, please know that my life was enriched by meeting and knowing Matt.

Take care.
April 20, 2007
I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and help you in this time of sorrow.
April 20, 2007
Greg & Family,
There are no words that can adequately express the sorrow that so many are feeling at this time. We are all searching for some word, some deed that we can do to help you and others that are grieving so. Please know that many are praying for you and asking God to give you comfort as only He can give. You were very blessed to have such a wonderful son, as Matt!
April 20, 2007
We are so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you all. Our 21 year daughter was murdered last summer, so we understand the loss and the pain you are feeling. May you take some comfort and strength from the loving memories of your son.
April 20, 2007
Our hearts are broken over your loss. We wish for you comfort in the loving memories of Matt and the joy he brought to your life. We know you are so very proud of his many accomplishments and the wonderful young man he had become. With our deepest sympathies, Debbie, Johnny (VT '71), and Erin Robertson (TDHS '01, VT '05)
April 20, 2007
No loss is greater than the loss of a child. May God be with you and your family. Our prayers are with you.
April 20, 2007
May the Grace of God comfort you in your loss.
April 20, 2007
I am so very sorry about the tragic loss of your son Matthew.
I will be praying for you and your family.
God Bless,
Elizabeth
Commercial Properties Management
April 20, 2007
TO THE GWALTNEY FAMILY:
YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
April 20, 2007
I did not know Matthew but he really sounds like a great guy. The world is a like less sunny now because of his lost but a little more pleasant because of the impact he made on those around him as he lived. His family members and friends are in my prayers.
April 20, 2007
Oour thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole Virginia Tech family The Dean family
April 20, 2007
Earth is a lesser place with the passing of your loved one. May the prayers of millions give you strength and courage for the future. We love you.
April 20, 2007
Our deepest condolences to the Gwaltney family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow and loss. May God give you comfort and strength during this most difficult time.
April 20, 2007
My grandson is a Hokie altho not on campus when this tragedy occurred.My heart aches for your family in the loss of your son.Many people are praying for you and the others who have endured such a loss.
May you find peace in the days ahead knowing that one day you will see him again as he waits for you in that beautiful place we call Heaven. May God bless you and your family.
April 20, 2007
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Never forgotten!
April 20, 2007
May the Lord continue to comfort and give peace to you and your family as you grieve the tragic loss of your child.
April 20, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 20, 2007
April 20, 2007
As my mind tries to comprehend this tragedy my heart aches for the families.God Bless you in your time of sorrow. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you and keep you in his everylasting love.
April 20, 2007
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your son"Matthew". You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow and will continue to be in the future. May God give you strength and comfort at this time.
April 20, 2007
Take comfort in knowing the whole world is praying for your entire family and all the families affected by this tragedy. May your son rest in peace.
April 20, 2007
Our deepest and sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time.

Thomas & Martha DiLoreto
April 20, 2007
To Cynthia and Family,

May you find solace in the caring prayers of others and may you find comfort in the memories of your hearts. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
April 20, 2007
To Matt's Family,
I am sorry for your loss. I played pick up basketball with Matt at VT for 2-3 years. He was a great person, you all did an awesome job in raising a young man. May God give you all the strength to make it day to day.
Love,
Jamie Parnell
April 20, 2007
Our deepest condolences are with you. May your cherished memories and the love of family and friends be with you now and in all the days ahead.
April 20, 2007
To the entire Gwaltney family, May the Love and Peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ bring you comfort as you reflect on the joy and happiness brought into this world by Matt. May your memories of him bring a smile to your face and warmth to your soul. God Bless You.
April 20, 2007
My deepest and sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Matthew. I don't know the victims, but Matthew and a whole bunch of other fine people lost their lives on that terrible day. God bless Matthew's family and friends.
"One glad morning
When this life is over
I know I'll see your face"
April 20, 2007
The Gwaltney Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. If there is anything we can do to help ease your grieve during this time, please let us know. There is nothing worse than the loss of a child. Our condolences and prayers are with you.
April 20, 2007
I am deeply saddened by the loss of your son and loved one. The tragedy of the entire situation deeply touches the lives of all. We are all one big family and when one grieves, we all grieve. I am a single mother of 2 colleged aged children and one still in high school and my heart aches for you and your family. I pray you find comfort in God's word and that the prayers of the righteous will aid you in your recovery. God's blessings to each and every one of you.
April 20, 2007
Thomas Dale, Chester, and the world have lost a truly wonderful individual. Matt was one of the most dedicated, hard working and caring individuals that I have had the pleasure to meet. My deepest condolences go to all that have known him. I hope that we can celebrate his life in the wake of this unimaginable tragedy, for he truly was a special soul.
April 20, 2007
WE HERE AT PRYOR HAULING WOULD LIKE TO SEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO GREG AND HIS FAMILY. OUR PRYAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
April 20, 2007
My deepest, most heartfelt sympathies to you as you struggle to deal with the senseless loss of your extraordinary son. May your precious memories sustain you in the days to come.
April 20, 2007
Greg,
We want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Rely on God and he will help you thru this hard time. If there is anything we can do please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
April 20, 2007
LOSING SOMEONE TO SICKNESS IS ONE THING TO LOSE THEM OVER SOMETHING LIKE THIS I CANNOT IMAGINE TO MATTHEW'S FAMILY I AM VERY SORRY YOU ARE DEALING WITH THIS
April 20, 2007
To matt's family stay strong our prayers are with you and to all of his friends at Thomas Dale..L.C.B. has you in their hearts
April 20, 2007
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
April 20, 2007
Eric and I have been praying for you constantly this week. Matt was such a wonderful young man. We've often used him as a role model for Tyler and John-Austin and we will continue to do so. We are proud to be part of the Hokie Nation with Matt and your family.
May God give you comfort!
Eric and Patti Hammel
April 20, 2007
I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful son, Matthew. I did not know him, but in reading about him he exemplified all the qualities that anyone would want in their own child. Be proud, stand tall, and know that his life touched thousands. We will never forget him. (TDHS Class of '70---his grandmother was my 6th gr. teacher).
April 20, 2007
Greg and Granville, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Annie & Jack Satterwhite's family the Lees
Jean, Betty Anne Pearce, Linda Hawkins, and Terri Phillips
April 20, 2007
My husband and I are praying for your family. We will all get through this together. Please keep the faith, for your son is well protected and cared for. All our love is with you at this time. Please take comfort knowing that "absent in the body, means being present with the Lord". God Bless you and your family!
April 20, 2007
As citizens of Chesterfield County and the parents of a teacher at Chester Middle, we want to send you our deepest condolences on the passing of Matthew. He made Chesterfield proud with his accomplishments,brilliance, and the joy that he found in doing the things that he loved to do. We hope that his studies can still do many good things for our world. God bless you all.
Cathy and Frank Holland
parents of Martha Holland Stanley, teacher at Chester Middle
Frank, class of 1970 VT
April 20, 2007
sorry for your loss.lin& erin crump.richmond,va.
April 20, 2007
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
April 20, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Matt was such a pleasure to meet and get to know when we met him back in February. He had dreams of making this world a cleaner and better place. May each of us keep his dreams alive.

If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.

With sincere condolences,

Timmons Group
April 20, 2007
My family's thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. God Bless You.

(Thomas Dale Class of 1977)
April 20, 2007
Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. I am at lost for words. Just know, I am thinking about you. Take care, Karen.
April 20, 2007
Gwaltney Family,
Know that there is comfort in prayer. God will sustain you during your time of sorrow. Pray for strength to endure your pain. Remember the times you shared and that you will see your Son again in the ressurection.
Prayerfully,
Mr. & Mrs.Willie Fair
April 20, 2007
Lee
My heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my prayers always. take comfort in the fact that you were a part of such a fantastic child's life. You and your family should be very proud.
April 20, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. Matt was a wonderful young man whose smile always brightened everyone he came in contact with. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
April 20, 2007
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
April 20, 2007
Our words can not begin to express what is in our hearts. Please know our thoughts & our prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
April 20, 2007
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
April 20, 2007
Karen, Greg, Linda, and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.
April 20, 2007
May you find peace in God's word.
April 20, 2007
WE ARE SORRY FOR YOUR LOST
April 20, 2007
To the family and friends of Matthew G. Gwaltney,

Please accept my deepest sympathies. I can’t possibly imagine what you may be feeling,
I can only hope that in time your pain will subside a little and that your memories of Matthew will eventually bring a smile to your faces. Until then, be as kind to yourselves as you would be to anyone else who has suffered such a heartbreaking loss. Rest now, grieve now, and allow those who know you and love you do what they can to help you through this tragic time.

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.
April 20, 2007
One of our own. I did not know your son, I wish I had. You have much to be proud of having raised an apparently fine young man. I am deeply, deeply sorry for your loss. I pray that the Lord comfort you and bring peace to your heart in the time ahead. God bless you and embrace you and your family with love. You are in my prayers.
April 20, 2007
My prayers are with you at this difficult time.
April 20, 2007
Linda & Family,

May memories of Matthew comfort you in the days ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sandra Witherspoon (PM USA)
April 20, 2007
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
April 20, 2007
My prayers and sympathy go the the famly and friends of Matthew.
April 20, 2007
Dear Greg and family, This is Susan Moon Couch. I married Steve Couch TD Class of 1974. I cannot imagine your pain and sorrow. Our son, Ryan, went to the University of Virginia at Wise and we keep thinking of how we would have felt in your situation. It breaks our hearts that your wonderful son, Matthew, a young man with so much potential was struck by this awful tragedy. Please know our love and prayers are with you. I was so sorry to read of the death of your mom. She was one of my favorite teachers ever.
April 20, 2007
As a fellow Chester resident, and a past student of Thomas Dale class of 91, I and my family are holding you and your family close to our hearts during this difficult time.
April 19, 2007
I am sooo sorry about your senseless loss. Please try and take some comfort in knowing that the state of Virginia.. and the world for that matter... greive with you. God Bless.
April 19, 2007
The hardest loss of all is a child. In the wake of such a loss, we're haunted by things we don't and may never understand. Yet the solace we seek may not come from answers. So we look for comfort in the belief of love's everlasting connection. May that love lift you, hold you close, and give you peace. Our prayers and thoughts are with you today and the days to come. May the memories you have of Matt ease the pain of your loss. His beautiful smile will forever be imbedded in our memory.
April 19, 2007
THOMAS DALE CLASS OF 2001...
Thomas Dale West, Carver Middle School, Harrowgate Elementary School..all the way back to playing basketball in your driveway. I cannot begin to express my sympathy on such a terrible loss, i am just blown away. Matt was certainly the most succesfull kid I knew growing up, and he will certainly be missed. It was more than an honor to have been in his presence all those years, and although it has been since we've graduated, he, as well as his family, forever be in my thoughts, heart, and prayers. God bless the Gwaltney's, and give them the strength to carry on... In loving memory of Matt.
April 19, 2007
Greg and family:
Your loss is incomprehensible. From all accounts, Matt was a young man to be proud of-smart, handsome, personable and focused. I, along with the rest of the world, share your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 19, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God's presence be with you throughout this difficult time.
April 19, 2007
I never met Matthew. But I have heard what a good guy he was from those who did. I know his parents are very proud of him.

One person told me he was an angel. And that's probably just what he is.

Matthew's spirit is alive in those he touched. To honor him, I'd suggest we all try to make his best traits ours. Then he's truly left the world a better place.

My deepest sympathy to you Greg. My family will pray for God to ease the pain you and your wife are enduring. We can't imagine how hard it must be. I can only defer to the 23rd chapter of Psalms...

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me....Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

God bless you.
April 19, 2007
REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND, TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS HOLD CLOSE TO YOUR HEART ALL THE MEMORIES MAY THEY BRING YOU COMFORT
April 19, 2007
We are very sorry for your loss. Please know that God is with you.
April 19, 2007
Karen,
My prayers are with you.
April 19, 2007
I am so sorry to hear of your lose. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Matt was a wonderful young man and will never be forgotten. My prayers go out to all the family and friends of Matt. He is in a better place now and in time, we will see him again. God Bless!
April 19, 2007
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult and tragic time.
Godspeed,Matthew.
April 19, 2007
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 19, 2007
Words can not express my sorrow for the loss of this wonderful young woman. May God comfort you.
April 19, 2007
South Dakota grieves with you. May God give you stregth.
April 19, 2007
I have left this world
but I am always with you
I have left this world
but I am forever remembered
I have left this world
but don't cry for me honor me
I have left this world
but I will see you again
I have left this world
but I forever remain with you
April 19, 2007
My deepest sympathies to the family,friends and classmates of Mr. Gawltney.

We do not know why these sad things have to happen when he was just preparing to start out on a new life and a career.

His loss causes profound sadness and he will be missed very, very much.

The consolation is that Our Lord has welcomed him to his eternal home where he will wait for his loved ones to join him --in addition to all the ones who went before.

God bless you, Mr. Gwaltney
April 19, 2007
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
April 19, 2007
May God's mercy keep your loved ones that you left behind patient and in the best of well-being.
April 19, 2007
May God Bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 19, 2007
Although we are seperated in miles you are close to us in our hearts and prayers.
April 19, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends at this terrible time. Prayers help heal wounds this deep, and know I will pray for all of you.
April 19, 2007
Matthew will be deeply missed, and never forgotten. Altough his life was cut so short on Earth it's just beginning in a better place for Matt, a remarkable young man. Until we are with him again in heaven we can be with him now in spirit forever. Let's celebrate the love of Matthew and his life with friends and family, such as a gathering in his honor.
April 19, 2007
May your happy memories console you through this sad time. My heart goes out to you all. God bless.
April 19, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
April 19, 2007
From the Thomas Dale Class of 1976 I extend sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the Gwaltney family. God is able to comfort you and I will be praying that your hearts be kept always in His care.

Cheryl Ann King,
cking@thehamner.org
Raleigh, NC
April 19, 2007
DALLAS AND I OFFER OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE GWALTNEY FAMILY.
MAY GOD COMFORT YOU AND YOURS AND GIVE YOU PEACE. WE DID NOT KNOW MATTHEW BUT WE KNEW GRANDMA FRANCES GWAWTNEY AND PRAY THAT THEY ARE TOGETHER LOOKING DOWN ON ALL WHO NEED THE GRACE OF GOD.
DALLAS AND ANN WHIPP CHESTER VIRGINIA
April 19, 2007
Hi My name is Hailey.. I am from Mesa, AZ.. My deepest apologys are with you.. Your family has captured my love and prayers.. May you and all the other vicitms Fly like angels and help protect us from this pain again... I LOVE YOU ALL....
April 19, 2007
Im so sorry for your loss, words cant describe the pain I feel, just know that your family is in my prayers, my god be with all of you.
April 19, 2007
May God bless you and ur family in there time of need. May your memory live on as you make your way to heaven!

Peter van Gaal
President
Animal Search And Rescue ( A-SAR )
Europe - The Netherlands
April 19, 2007
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
April 19, 2007
I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
April 19, 2007
I AM FUMBLING FOR WORDS....THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. I AM HEARTBROKEN. WHAT DO I SAY? WHAT DO I WRITE? HOW CAN I EVER KNOW THE GRIEF OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS? ALL I CAN DO IS TO PRAY....AND I PRAY FROM MY HEART...THIS IS WHAT I AM PRAYING FOR....GOD GIVE STRENGTH TO YOUR SOUL AND YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS...
April 19, 2007
May God Bless You during this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
April 19, 2007
our prayers are with you. may
god help you as days go by.
April 19, 2007
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.
April 19, 2007
YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS
April 19, 2007
I am very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
April 19, 2007
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
April 18, 2007
This is a tragedy for all Americans. I know we are thousands of miles away, but we feel your grief and would take it from you if we could. Take one day at a time. It's not true that time will heal. I know that firsthand. But what will carry you is the grace of God and his love that he has for you. And, his strong hand that will gently lead and guide you each day if you trust him. Lean on him for he is strong as we our weak. We're praying for you all that you'll be strengthened and comforted with Gods peace.
April 18, 2007
OUR THOUGHTS AND PARYERS ARE WITH YOU.
April 18, 2007
The Thomas Dale High School Class of 1972 would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Gwaltney family and our Alma Mater in the loss of fellow KNIGHT, Matthew Gwaltney. Our hearts were filled with sadness tonight as we learned of the loss of Matthew in the massacre at Virginia Tech. We are here to support the Gwaltney family, Matthew's graduating class -Thomas Dale High School Class of 2001, current KNIGHT students and faculty and Thomas Dale High School alumni. We grieve and mourn with the Thomas Dale and Chester community in this tragic and senseless loss of one of our own.

Matthew Gwaltney, Forever a Thomas Dale Knight in Shining Armor

With deepest sympathy,
Thomas Dale High School Class of 1972
April 18, 2007
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
April 18, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 18, 2007
Our prayers go out to the family during this time of sorrow. May the Lord bless you and keep you comforted now and forever.
Harrison('77) and Debbie Moody
April 18, 2007
so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and keeping you in my thoughts.
April 18, 2007
Please except our deepest sympathy. May The Lord comfort you.
April 18, 2007
My condolences to the family and Friends of Matthew.

Sean
Ontario Canada
April 18, 2007
May God surround you and your love ones in this most difficult time. Know that you are in many prayers and thoughts. There are no words that can ease the pain, but just remember all the beautiful memories that will uplift you now and in the days to come. My prayers are with you. God Bless. Morris Crowder, Jr.
April 18, 2007
TO THIS WONERFUL FAMILY I"AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST.WE LOST OUR SON IN A DRIVE BY SHOOTING .A FEW YEARS AGO .IT HURT SO BAD OUR PAYRES ARE WITH YOU ALL.MAY GOD FOR EVER KEEP IN YOU IN THE CENTER OF HIS WILL.
April 18, 2007
April 18, 2007
To the family and friends of Matthew G. Gwaltney

It is comforting to know that the Bible says,"And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more, And you will certainly give attention to his place and he will not be, But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.-Psalms 37:10,11
April 18, 2007
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
April 18, 2007
Family and Friends of Matthew-

May God give you comfort and strength during this most difficult time.
April 18, 2007
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007
http://www.ruthann1.com

April 18, 2007
My deepest condolences to Gwaltney family. . My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every single one of you in your time of sorrow...and loss. God Bless You All.
April 18, 2007
my thoughts and prayers go uot to those who knew Matthwe and my God grant eternal peace and help the family cope in these coming days. Another great angel has been added to God's rein. my deepest sympathys as the whole world greives with you
April 18, 2007
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.

heal4michael@yahoo.com
April 18, 2007
Sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you all.
April 18, 2007
I am happy that you had a chance ot spend some precious moments with your son recently. As a parent, my heart breaks for you. May god hold you close as you grieve the loss of your beautiful child.
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