Byron Allen Matthews was born in Washington, D.C., on December 24, 1951, to the late Gloria McPherson-Matthews and the late Richard Matthews, Jr. Byron attended St. Emma Military Academy, then moved on to study Philosophy at the University of the District of Columbia. \r\n\r\nByron was an extraordinary writer, which led him into a career of grant writing and community development support. Byron was an entrepreneur for many years, securing contracts and writing proposals for other businesses, as well as a sole proprietor of his own company, Community Development Support Group, in which he specialized in grant writing, comprehensive community planning, program evaluation, and technical assistance. Byron also held leadership positions at DC Central Kitchen, the City of Bowie, and his final position as a Grants Administrator at Greater Baden Medical Services. Byron's hobbies included cooking delicious meals, jogging, sports cars, his love of music, and hosting legendary parties for his family and friends. \r\n\r\nByron is survived by his: children, Byron Allen Matthews, Jr., Maya Alexis Matthews, and Jasmine August Matthews; grandchildren, Lamar Rashad Frazier Jr., Joi Autumn Curtis, Imani Aundra Kennedy, and Kevon Allen Williams; siblings, Ida M. "Wendy" Matthews, Elva M. Matthews, Tawana M. Mudd, Therian Hill, and Frederick Dion Mudd; nieces and nephews, Catrina A. Walker, Tawny S. Bush, James Gerald Jr., Nia S. Phillips, and Miles T. Phillips; and his dear friends, Jessie and the Taliaferro Family.\r\n\r\nByron was preceded in death by his: parents, Gloria McPherson and Richard Matthews, Jr.; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Matthews, Sr.; maternal grandparents, Sarah V. "Granny" McPherson and French McPherson; brothers, Robert R. "Poochie" McPherson and Tyrone Crymes; and our beloved family puppy, Romeo "Romey" Matthews-Phillips.