|Birth: ||Aug. 13, 1913|
|Death: ||Sep. 5, 2007|
James Ray Mathis, age 94, of Harrison, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5 (2007) at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison.
The son of Ollie Homer and Nina Pearl (Beck) Mathis was born Aug. 13, 1913, in Crews, Texas.
His parents preceded him in death, along with his wife, Vonnie (Paul) Mathis; a son Bervin Ray Mathis; a sister, Reba Watkins; and brothers, Rex, Jiggs, Chester and Russell Dean Mathis.
Survivors are his son, Paul Lynn Mathis and his wife Linda Sue (Foster) Mathis of Harrison; brothers, Carroll Mathis and his wife, Freda and Frank Mathis and his wife Janet, also of Harrison; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Mathis of Harrison; grandchildren, Sonya Edwards and her husband Kris, Lonnie Mathis and his wife Heather, Jennifer White and her husband Blaine and James Paul Mathis and his wife Becky; and great-grandchildren, Shelby and Gatlin Edwards, Vail and Levi Mathis, Michael Slay, Sophia Mathis and two on the way.
He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Harrison. During the years of 1941 to 1946, he was a conductor for the M&A Railroad and then worked on the A&O Railroad, which was the last railroad to run out of Harrison. He also worked at a downtown Esso gas station and then went to farming and raising cattle. This filled his days with great joy since he loved being outdoors and at home with his wife. He also enjoyed being with his four grandchildren and their families. He was a gentle man who loved family. He loved to play the harmonica and listen to gospel quartet music, which he sang as a young man in a local quartet.
Vonnie Paul Mathis (1918 - 2007)*
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Record added: Sep 07, 2007
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