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Matthew Thomas Ollison

April 14, 1955 — March 3, 2024

Gurdon, Arkansas

Matthew Thomas Ollison was born on April 14, 1955, in Gurdon, Arkansas to the union of Albert “Chuck”, Jr., and Dorothy Ollison. Matthew was affectionately known as “Buggie.” He confessed his love for Christ at a youthful age and was a member of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church in Gurdon, Arkansas.


“Buggie” earned his GED and worked as a chip hauler. He was a remarkably simple man. He had a passion for making people laugh, listening to old-school music, and driving trucks. He enjoyed every moment of laughing, sharing stories, and creating precious memories with his family and friends.


He passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert “Chuck” Ollison, Jr. and Dorothy Ollison, one grandchild, and three brothers, Charles Ollison, David Ollison, and Clifford Ollison.


“Buggie” leaves to cherish his memories with his companion, Rita Easley of Gurdon, AR; his four children, Marlon Latrez Ollison of Little Rock, AR, Ladaron Johnson of Bauxite, AR, Jacqueline A. Foreman of Arkadelphia, AR, and Marco M. Giles of Gurdon, AR; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Rebecca Ollison of Sparkman, AR, Rosemary (Terry) Wright of Gurdon, AR, Lisa Martin of Hot Springs, AR; sister-in-law, Fannie “Cookie” Ollison of Prescott, AR; good friend, Rev. Johnny C. Harris of Gurdon, AR; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members, and friends.


Public visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2024, at the funeral home. A memorial service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church in Gurdon, Arkansas, with Pastor Johnny C. Harris, eulogist.



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Friday, March 8, 2024

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