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Oct. 27, 1965 – Feb. 29, 2016. Matthew Starr Byarlay passed away suddenly Feb. 29, 2016. He was 50. Matt was a loving father and husband, a kind big brother, a consummate business professional and a mentor and true friend to all who knew him. His beautiful smile, quick wit and great humor, keen mind, generous heart and deep spirit inspired many people. Matt had a great love for music and attended many concerts and was such a fan of Bonnaroo his friends called him Matteroo. He also loved sports and gardening. Matt graduated from Woodford County High School in 1984, where he was a talented football player, a good student and senior class president. He then attended Transylvania University where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. Matt graduated in 1988 and began a career in business finance. He married Cathleen Payne in 1991. Matt and Cathy moved to Nashville, where Matt studied and earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Making their home in Nashville, Matt and Cathy had three children, Mitchell, Morgan and Rachel. Matt’s business acumen and leadership abilities led him to become the top salesperson at Avondale Partners. Matt is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His loss has left a great void in many hearts. He is survived by his loving wife, Cathleen Byarlay, his three awesome kids, Mitchell, Morgan and Rachel; his parents, Starr and LaVonne Byarlay; his brother, Ben, and his wife, Julia, and their children, Nick and Pamela; his sister, Patrice, and her children, Eve and Annika. He is also survived by his in-laws, James and Sharon Payne, and sister-in-law, Lisa Morabito, and her husband, Fran, and their two children, Sydney and Olivia. A service will be held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church on Saturday, March 12. Visitation will begin at 10 followed by a funeral Mass at 11. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Leo Catholic School, which Matt attended as a child.

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