Walter Matthew Arnold

1970 - 2021


Walter Matthew Arnold passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021 surrounded by family and friends. He was born September 20, 1970 in Opelika to Walter and Jane Arnold. He graduated Opelika High School in 1989. After graduation he moved to California where he was a model for Faces International before returning to Opelika.

He was a beloved hairdresser/salon owner in the area for over twenty years.

He is survived by his fiancé Jade Dawson; sons Doss Arnold, James Dawson; and his father Walter Arnold.

Matthew loved spending time with his friends and family. He had a passion for watching Doss play baseball and James play football. He and Jade would often travel great distances to cheer for them.

He coached youth baseball for many years and had a true love for the game. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors. Gifted with a bright and energetic personality, he was known for his ability to sense when people just needed someone to listen. Matthew Arnold will forever be remembered for his kindness.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life 5pm until 7pm, Sunday, April 18th at The Farm at Rocky Top located at 2910 County Road 145 in Salem, Alabama 36874.

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Travis and Mackenzie Wiggins

April 17, 2021 9:56 PM

I will never forget how kind you were to Mackenzie and myself.  You made her look and feel beautiful when she was having a tough time.   I thank you and Jade for helping me with Mack.   Rest in peace 

Sue Whitten

April 14, 2021 10:25 AM

"I am better for knowing you, better for loving you, better for having met you. May you be as blessed in the next life, my friend, as I was in this one by knowing you."

Faye Carter Helms

April 14, 2021 12:05 AM

Matthew’s absence from those who crossed his path creates a huge void in the hearts of many. May God’s grace provide comfort to his beloved family & may sweet memories abide in their hearts forever. R.I.P. Matthew

Gordon and Christa Patterson

April 12, 2021 9:23 AM

We will dearly miss Matthew.
Gordon and Christa Patterson

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Donna and Roger Mitchell

April 11, 2021 2:07 PM

Matthew shared a special gift with many of us...his beautiful smile. This generous gift from Matthew reflected his love of God, his family, his friends and his best friend, Jade.
Donna and Roger Mitchell

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