Harold Mathis SAN ANGELO- Harold Mathis Papa Mathis, 86, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Harold was born Sept. 23, 1926 to Tom and Opal Mathis in Lohn, Texas. Harold Grew up in Coleman, Texas, Harold joined the Navy in 1944 and served aboard the USS Sanborne. Harold worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and retired after 40 years of service. He served on the board of the KCM&O Santa Fe R.R. Museum and loved giving tours and talking railroad. He loved his Church (Grape Creek Baptist) and served in various capacities. He was honored to be ordained as a deacon in 1972. Harold loved working in his workshop and made many sets of dominoes and other items for family and friends. He so loved his twelve grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Harold is survived by his wife of almost 52 years, Jimmie Ann Mathis; his sons, Craig Mathis (Phyliss) of Mexia, Texas, Randal Wright (FayAnn) of Miles, Texas, Roger Wright (Linda) of Sugar Land, Texas; daughter, Nancy Wright Arnold (Freddy) of Goldthwaite, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; very special family, Steve and Nancy, Brian and Colby Grafa; sister, Glenda Bell (George) of Wheelock, Texas; brother-in-law Gene Davis of Ballinger; and Berna Dene Mathis of Austin, Texas; as well as a host of nieces and nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty Jo Harris Mathis; daughter, Ann Mathis Harp; brother, Dale Mathis; and sisters, Theresa Ketchum and Mary Davis. Visitation will be all day Sunday, March 10, 2013 with family present from 4 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013 at Grape Creek Baptist Church with Reverend Brad Winchester officiating. Burial will follow in the Grape Creek Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Grape Creek. In lieu of flowers please, make contributions to Grape Creek Baptist Church, Interim Care Hospice or Railway Museum of San Angelo. Harold will always be lovingly remembered as the Candy Man as he always had a pocket full of peppermints to share with all. Shaffer Funeral Home of Grape Creek, 325-481-3131.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2013