February 10, 1926 - January 19, 2005
Father, Minister, Husband, Brother and WWII Veteran of Iwo Jima


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 to enlarge

Rev. J. S. Mathis
and wife Matt


(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.



(Above) Note on
back of photo on
left to his Brother Harvey Chambers
who was serving in the Philippines
during WWII

J. S. with young daughters Gail and Dianne


(above) J. S. left,
Brother Bill and
stepfather William Redden 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


Funeral Scripture
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


J. S. served as a Marine in Iwo Jima
during WWII

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(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

Matt Mathis with
daughter Diane
Stith and son
Keith Hagen


Matt and Dianne

Dianne Stith with
John Mathis, Jr.

Dot and Frank
Chambers of

          Albert, Annie
         Jo and Rebecca
         Chambers of



Bettye and Harvey
Chambers of Buford

Felton and Peggy
Ussery of

Chambers siblings:
Frank Chambers, Peggy
Ussery, Harvey Chambers
and Albert Chambers

Bill Beck, Albert
Chambers, Frank
Chambers, Harvey
Chambers, Peggy

John Mathis, Jr. of
Adel with Bill Beck


Friends and family enjoy
the delicious lunch at
St. Mark United
Methodist Church





Obituary from the
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 Lowndes County, was born Feb. 10, 1926, son of the late John Smith and Alice Cherry Mathis. He was a United Methodist Church 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 Albany First United Methodist Church. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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 Douglas City Cemetery. 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 Macon, or to Hospice of West Georgia. — Sims Funeral Home, 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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