Originally created 04/28/04

Dr. James Mathis (VALDOSTA, Ga.)



VALDOSTA, Ga.- James W. Mathis, MD, 70, of Valdosta, passed away Sunday, April 25, 2004 at his home. Dr. Mathis was born August 23, 1933 in Cedartown, Ga., to Margaret Willis and James Louis Mathis. He received his degrees from the University of Georgia where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the Medical College of Georgia where he served as President of Phi Rho Sigma Medical Fraternity. He served his residence in General Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham under Dr. Champ Lyons. During the Vietnam War, he served as Chief of General Surgery at Fort Sill Army Medical Center in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Dr. Mathis was in private practice in General Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama until he moved to Valdosta in 1969. While in Valdosta he was a member of the Valdosta Country Club and served on the Board of Directors at First Federal Savings and Loan. Dr. Mathis was instrumental in the development of the EMS Program at SGMC and was a strong su pporter of the Reach to Recovery Program. Survivors are his wife, the former Constance Henderson of Valdosta, four daughters and and a sons-in-law, Margaret Mathis of San Francisco, Calif., Mary M. and Mark Caudle of Tallahassee, Fla., Elisabeth "Betsy" M. and Tom Moore of Atlanta, Katherine Mathis of Charleston, S.C., four grandchildren, Courtney Caudle, Lauren Caudle, James Caudle, Megan Moore; sister and brother-in-law, Betty Jean and John Cochran of Cartersville, Ga., father-in-law, Harold Henderson of Augusta. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. The Rev. John O'Brien will officiated. There will be a private family committal following the service. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service on Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Building Fund at St. Johns Catholic Church, 800 Gornto Road, Valdosta, Ga., 31602 or to Hospice of South Georgia, P.O. Box 1727, Valdosta, Ga. 31603. Carson McLane Funeral in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle April 28, 2004