Jimmy Thomas Mathis Sr, son of the late Jimmy Mathis and Elnora Lyte Mathis, was born November 7 1943 in Dyersburg Tennessee. He received his formal education in the Dyersburg school district and graduated from Bruce High School on May 24,1961.
“Jimmy T” affectionally known by family and friends, entered the United States Army on September 18, 1963 and served his Country faithfully, durning the Vietnam Conflict until his Honorable discharge as Sergerent. After completing his military service he became an employee of the Federal Government at the Mechancisburg Navy Depot until his retirement in 1983.
In the community he was a Little League baseball coach and won many championships. He had a deep compassion for the youth and the community. Jimmy T was a member of the American Legion family, in which he deeply cherished. He served in many capacities of the American Legion, which included Post Commander of American Legion Post 733, Adjutant Membership Chairman, Member of the Post 733 Home Association Board of Directors, 19th District Deputy Commander, Post Dauphin County Commander, American Legion Convention Corporation, Assistant Sergeant at Arms for the Department of Pennsylvania. He was also a member of VFW and the Vietnam Veterans Corporation of America, Inc. In addition to Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Distribution Demo of Susquehanna, PA and Defense Distribution Region East Support to the Hurricane Andrew Relief .
In his leisure time, Jimmy T enjoyed spending time with his family, pets and friends playing cards, watching football, in which he was a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan.
Jimmy T Mathis Sr transitioned into eternal life, at the age of 77 on Friday, September 3, 2021 surrounded by his family. Jimmy was preceded in death by his daughter Kim Middleton. He leaves to celebrates his life, his wife Madeline Mathis of 48 years. His two sons Jimmy T Mathis Jr (Dink) and Darrin O Mathis Sr (Bam). His daughters Tracey Middleton and Takeithia (Keta) Middleton, whom he raised from birth. (All of Harrisburg PA). Also his son David Mathis of Alabama, his brother Raymond Mathis (Beverly) of Las Vegas Nevada , grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren his good friend Percy Hairston and a host of other relatives and friends.
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