Fallen soldier honored at golf tournament

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

A local hero was honored Saturday, August 4, in Lawrence County.

The eagle ridge golf course in Louisa held its second annual tournament in honor of the fallen soldier Matthew Sluss-Tiller.

He was killed in action in 2009 while serving in the 82nd Airborne.

Therefore, this tournament meant much more for the Sluss-Tiller family than just a round of golf.

“My stomach was in a knot this morning coming here, because you try to deal with things a little at a time but you come here and it's like a flood gate opens up again; but it's a good flood gate because you see all the people that cared about Matthew. But at the same time you miss him; so it’s bittersweet, said widow Melissa Sluss-Tiller.

All 56 players paid $50 to enter the tournament; so with every stroke and putt Matthew's daughter, Hannah, received money for college.

She was only 3 when her dad died.

“She likes to ask questions though. We all share stories with her, so that it keeps her daddy's memory alive; the fun stuff they did. He was a great dad,” said Melissa.

He was father and friend they hoped to honor.

“I don’t even know the right word. We're very proud of Matthew, the things he did. He did the ultimate sacrifice. You can't say enough,” said fellow soldier Robert Stogner.

So the swing of each golf club spoke instead; helping his legacy live on.

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