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February 10, 1926 - January 19, 2005
Father, Minister, Husband, Brother and WWII Veteran of Iwo Jima
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(above) J. S. in Marine Corps during WWII where he served in Iwo Jima and spent a number of months in
a hospital in Hawaii
(Left) J. S. bottom right (age 5) and sister Martha with mother Alice and stepfather William Chambers Sr.
February 10, 1926 - January 19, 2005
Funeral Services January 22
St. Mark United Methodist Church
501 E. Walker Street, Douglas, GA 31533
Rev. Ed Deen, Rev. Carl Howard and Rev. Sally Flowers officiated
John 14: 1 - 6
1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Marine Honor Guard
Douglas City Cemetery
(above) Marine Honor Guard from Albany give the traditional military 21 gun
salute, play taps, fold the flag and present it to Mattie Mathis, widow of
J.S. Mathis in a very moving and dignified ceremony.
Family and friends enjoy a delicious lunch prepared and served by the wonderful women of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Douglas
Obituary from thewww.valdostadailytimes.com
Valdosta Daily Times
January 22, 2005
John Smith Mathis Sr.
DOUGLAS — The Rev. John Smith Mathis Sr., 78, of Carrollton, formerly of Coffee County, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, following an extended illness.
Rev. Mathis, a native of
, was born Feb. 10, 1926, son of the late John Smith and Alice Cherry Mathis. He was a Lowndes County minister, retiring after 27 years. He served in several United Methodist churches in the South Georgia Conference. They were: West Green Charge, Hamilton Charge, Woodland Charge, Leary Charge, Lakeland First United Methodist Church & Associate Pastor (Older Adults) at United Methodist Church . He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Albany First United Methodist Church
Survivors include his wife, Mattie Mae Durden Mathis; daughters, Dianne Stith and husband Edwin, Gail Hall and husband Michael, Hahira; sons, John Mathis Jr. and wife Lori, Adel, Keith Hagen and wife Shellie, Winston, Lamar Altman and wife Myrna, Panama City Beach, Fla., sisters, Ruth Stowell and Peggy Ussery, Valdosta; brothers, Frank Chambers, Valdosta, Albert Chambers, Statenville, John B. Chambers, Annapolis, Md., and Harvey Chambers, Buford; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Jan. 22, 2005, at St. Mark United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ed Deen, the Rev. Carl Howard and the Rev. Sally Flowers officiating. The congregation will sang “Victory In Jesus” and soloist Harl Vickers will sang, “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace” with Lois Mills, organist.
Burial will follow in the
. Active pallbearers: Keith Stith, Joey Stith, Scott Turner, Eric Croft, Scott Croft, Derry Bennett and Alex Hagen. The family encourages memorials be made to the Methodist Children’s Home in Douglas City Cemetery , or to Hospice of West Georgia. — Sims Funeral Home, Macon Douglas
"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be
no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more
pain, for the former things have passed away." -- Rev. 21:4
Speakers on for How Great Thou Art -- WAV file by Floyd Cramer
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