Obituary of Matthew Earl Roach
ELGIN – A service to celebrate the life of Matthew Earl Roach, 40, will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. at Awaken Church, 171 Newland Road, Columbia, with burial in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Gideons International.
Matt passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 26, 2022. Born in Columbia, he was the son of Diane Cowart Parker and stepfather, David Parker. He owned and operated Air Restoration Heating and Cooling. He was a member of Awaken Church, Columbia Country Club, and Shivers Green Hunt Club.
Matt loved his family with all his heart. He enjoyed spending time at the ocean, saltwater fishing, golf, Gamecock football, coaching baseball, grilling, “playing” guitar, dancing in the living room with his wife and kids and making everyone laugh. He was a devoted husband and father and loved coaching his kids in their sports. He was the head coach of the SC Diamondbacks 11U baseball team.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 18 years, Julie Allison Motley Roach; his five amazing children, Jacob Roach (17), Mason Roach (16), Ainsley Roach (12), Eli Roach (10), and Ethan Roach (9), all of the home; stepfather and mother, David and Diane Parker of Elgin; father and mother-in-law, Marion and Gail Motley (who he affectionately called Ma); brother-in-law, Travis Motley (Alison); nephews, Rhett and Bryson; niece, Abby; special friends, Benji Glover and his family, Andy Watson and his family; and his beloved cousin, Kyle Roach. He will be greatly missed.