Charles Edward Mathis

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LANCASTER, SC ~Mr. Charles Edward Mathis, age 70, moved to his new home in Heaven, May 18, 2018. Charles was born December 26, 1947 in Langley, SC, the son of Milo and Viola Mathis.

Charles is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janice M. Mathis; three children, Mochelle Jackson and her husband, Bobby of Lancaster, SC, Charles Eugene Mathis of Justin, TX and Melissa Mathis Belk and her husband, David of Gastonia, NC. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Rebecca Jackson Plyler and her husband, Kevin, Elizabeth Hope Mackey and her husband, Justin, Raquel Alexandria Mathis and her fiancé, Chapito, Charles Eugene Mathis and his fiancée, Bailey, Jacob Andrew Belk, Joshua Alex Belk and Hannah Grace Belk; three great grandchildren, Adelyn Ruth Plyler, Olivia Jane Plyler and Emma Hope Mackey. He is survived by one sister, Helen O’Shields; two brothers, Hillman Mathis and his wife, Joyce and Billy Ray Mathis and his wife, Karen and many nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William Mathis and Rufus Mathis; and a sister, Shelby Adams.

As a child, he loved to travel which made the military a perfect fit for him. Charles was a veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from the US Army as First Sergeant in June 1987, following 20 years of service. He completed his Basic Training at Fort Gordon, GA and Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, LA, after which he served two tours of duty in the Republic of South Vietnam. During his 20 years of service, Charles was also stationed at Fort Benning, GA; Fort Lewis WA; Fort Snelling, MN; Fort Jackson, SC; Bamberg, W Germany and West Berlin, Germany. He retired as First Sergeant HQ and HQ Co. at Fort Jackson, SC. During his service, he earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Silver Service Star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Meritorious Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Good Conduct Medal (5), the Combat Infantry Badge, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), the Army Achievement Medal (2), the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Army Service Ribbon, and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3).

After retiring from military service, Charles served on the Board of Directors for Lancaster Dixie Baseball and became the SC State Director for Dixie Softball, where he served until his declining health forced him to give up his position. Under his leadership, the Dixie Softball program in South Carolina experienced tremendous growth. Charles’ work was recognized by his induction into the Dixie Softball Hall of Fame.
Charles had a true passion for fishing and was affectionately known by many as the “Mayor of Springmaid Pier”. He spent many hours fishing and telling tales on Springmaid Pier. Many children were entertained with his talking fish stories. He never met a stranger and was always eager to teach newbies the art of fishing.

A Celebration of Life Funeral service for Charles will be 11:00 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Bethlehem Baptist Church by Rev. Shawn Macy. Burial will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Burgess Funeral Home and suggest memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Attn: Memorial Department, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Shriner’s Hospital, 950 West Faris Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.