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.
Burgess Funeral Home
Tuesday May 22nd, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
1800 Charlotte Highway
LANCASTER, SC 29720
Lancaster Memorial Park
Wednesday May 23rd, 2018
1389 Memorial Park Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
Celebration of Life
Bethlehem Baptist Church
Wednesday May 23rd, 2018
1841 North Rocky River Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
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It has been an honor to know such a good man. He always talked about how proud he was of his family and loved them so dearly. He was strong in his faith and wasn't afraid to talk about it as well as going to his home in heaven. Men of this stature are hard to find and we are so thankful for his service to our country and I thanked him every time I could. We know he will be greatly missed by everyone he touched along the way. If there's a good fishing pier in heaven I'm sure he has already been there and found some old friends. I hope the family finds the peace to get through and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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Janice, you know that I empathize with you. This is one of the most difficult times that you will have to go through. But, that is the key word; through. God will bring you "through" this. Everyone knows exactly where Charles is. He is not "lost." God prepared his mansion before yours, but that is OK, too. You will see him again some sweet day. If there is "anything" we can do for you, please don't hesitate to call us. May God wrap His loving arms around each and every member of your precious family and give the peace , strength, and comfort that only He can truly give. Love & prayers,
Darin & Scarlet
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