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Nephew sells Tide tickets to help pay for uncle's funeral

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These are the tickets Brandon is selling. Source: WBRC video These are the tickets Brandon is selling. Source: WBRC video
Robert Matson, Brandon's uncle. Source: WBRC video Robert Matson, Brandon's uncle. Source: WBRC video
CHILDERSBURG, AL (WBRC) -

Burying a loved one is not only hard emotionally but it can also be financially draining, especially, when the loved one dies unexpectedly without life insurance.

That's the situation one Childersburg family is facing, but they're hoping two tickets to the Alabama-Tennessee game will help pay for the funeral.

Robert Matson died on Oct. 19 from organ failure.

"Life is short, and you don't know what's going to happen. He just got sick. He hadn't felt well," said Robert's wife, Shelia Matson.

Robert wasn't feeling well, but Shelia had no idea her husband of 36 years would die less than 24 hours later. Robert was only 54-years-old. He leaves behind four daughters and nine grandchildren.

Shelia thought they had decades left together so life insurance wasn't a top priority.

"We had insurance for a long time. I worked at a job and we had it, then I lost the job and went to another job. The economy is so bad I couldn't afford to keep the insurance," said Shelia.

Robert's unexpected death has left the family owing thousands of dollars for his funeral, which is why her nephew, Brandon Matson, decided to auction off his highly coveted Alabama- Tennessee tickets to the highest bidder.

"They are great seats. They are in the north lower level in end zone. You're looking at row 19, seats 3 and 4, so they're really good seats," said Brandon Matson.

Originally Brandon was going to take his father to the game, but he knows his aunt needs his help more.

"You know what it's just a ball game. You can't put a price of somebody's life and I don't want that burden on my family to have to pay that much," said Brandon Matson.

Already one bid is up to $350 dollars.

"$350 to some people isn't a lot. $350 to us is a lot of money. Whether we get more money, 350 is good," said Brandon Matson. "All I can say is thank the lord."

If you're interested in bidding on the tickets, find Brandon Matson on Facebook and start bidding. He's willing to meeting the highest bidder to deliver the tickets.

If you're not a football fan, you can still help out the Matsons. They will be having a community yard sale Nov. 2 at the volunteer fire station in Fayetteville. You can bring items to donate, or just come out to shop. All proceeds raised will go to paying off the funeral.

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