Materno “Matt” Yapit, age 86, passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021. Matt was born on September 14, 1935, in Makati, Philippines. He graduated from Rizal Central College before proudly serving America in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years. His tour of duty included the Korean War. Following USAF retirement, he dedicated nearly 15 years to Mississippi Power Company before fully retiring. Matt was known for his kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness, and being a loving family man. Throughout his life, he gave generously to the needy and was devoted to serving his community through several organizations holding various leadership roles including VFW 2539 (Commander, Vice-Chairman of the House Committee), American Legion 119 (Executive Board Member), Disabled American Veterans #5 (Jr. Vice Commander), Knights of Columbus #9409 (Grand Knight), Fourth Degree of KOC (Trustee), Oran Caravan #67 (Grand Commander), Alhambra (Scribe), Moose Lodge (Member), Holy Name Society (President), Air Force Sergeant Association #504 (Vice President), American-Filipino International Association (Master), and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Matt was a mentor in the Gulfport Public School system for several years. He enjoyed dining out, bingo, fishing, darts, bowling, watching football, and spending time with family and friends. Matt is preceded in death by his parents, retired U.S. Army Lt. Felix Yapit and Flora Yapit; his beautiful wife, Remy; his siblings, Juanita and Felicidad; and his long-time companion, Carrie Rau. Matt will be eternally remembered by his six children, Myra (Joel), Alan (Lisa), Michael, Gina (David), Christina, and Tony (Janice); his grandchildren, Chad, Sarah (Corey), Addisyn, and Caleb; his great-grandchild, Oliver; and by his loving siblings, Pete (Meling), Corazon, Felipe, Mary Rose (John), Liwanag, and Marshall (Thay). A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, from 5-7 pm at Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, Pass Road in Biloxi. On Thursday, December 9, 2021, a Mass of Christian burial will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church at 1:00 pm. Friends may visit one hour prior. Interment will follow at Biloxi National Cemetery at 2:30 pm. Donations can be made in his memory to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the family and friends of Matt Yapit.
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