Matthew Scott Kephart

August 17, 1963 - July 6, 2019
Matthew Scott Kephart


Matthew “Moose” Kephart left Planet Earth and was embraced by the ether on July 6th at his daughters’ home in Wilmington, NC, surrounded by his spouse, his children, and his sons-in-law.

Moose was interred in a resting place that coupled his love of nature, being himself, and the unique spirituality that he believed in.

Matthew is survived by his loving wife & best friend, Mary Jane, his daughters Sarah J. Miller (& husband Albert), Emily G. Abusaad (& husband Abood), son Gabriel N. Kephart, the dog he swore he’d never own, Laddie, mother Rose, brothers Michael (& children), Ezekiel (& Wanda, & children), sisters Denise Hudson (& husband Bill & children) & Kimberly Schwartz (& husband Dennis & children).

Moose cannot be defined by one aspect of his life or another; he worked at the Windy Hill Village, but lived life in ways that most can only dream of. The outpouring of love and support from friends, family, community, & colleagues of Windy Hill Village has been overwhelming and appreciated more than could ever be put into words. In honor of Matthew’s memory, the family has asked loved ones to use their middle fingers liberally, to party their hearts out, and always welcome friends and strangers to your table, like Moose would.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • July 10, 2019
    Rob OConnor says:
    Moose was always such a joy to talk to he had that ability to bring a smile to your face every time you ran into him . My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless

  • July 09, 2019
    Kristin Sabella says:
    Matthew...you will be so missed! Your quick wit made you so fun! Hope you are enjoying countless Fridays! Windy Hill will never be the same! Prayers being sent to your family! ,❤️❤️

  • July 09, 2019
    Linda Butterworth says:
    Mathew, keep ROCKING ON!I sure will miss you. I will use my middle finger for you "liberally "

  • July 09, 2019
    Sharon Mease says:
    Beautiful words written for a beautiful human being. Matthew.......I admired your free spirit and outlook on everything. Mary my heart felt condolences to you and your children. Thank you for capturing his essence in your words. So so sorry for your loss.

  • July 09, 2019
    Stephanie Weaver says:
    Fly high my friend! You will be greatly missed! By myself and many others! Mary Jane and family you are in my heart and my prayers! May God be with you! Things around here will NEVER be the same without Moose!