Thomas Paul Mathias

September 8, 2010


Thomas Paul Mathias, 92 passed away at his home in Ahoskie, NC on September 8, 2010.

Thomas was born in Corapeake, NC on May 5, 1918 to the late Elizabeth Dale and Paul Eley Mathias.

For 45 years, he owned and operated his own logging business. He was a member of the Winton Baptist Church where he had served in the past as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for 25 years. He was also very proud to be a Mason for over 60 years. He was Past Master of Lodge American George 17. He was a member of Scottish Rite and the Shriners. In his younger days, he was also a Boy Scout Leader. One of his favorite past times was going to the Outer Banks fishing.

He was a devoted husband to Annie Piland Mathias for 72 years.

He was a proud father to his three daughters. Marie Mathias Benthall, Betty Mathias and Jeanette Mathias all of Ahoskie.

He was loved greatly by five grandchildren. Patricia Benthall Brown and her husband Sherwood of Ahoskie, Darrell Thomas Bracy and his wife Amy of Ahoskie, Karen Benthall Daly of Ahoskie, Laura Jeanette Batts and her husband Mitch of Ahoskie, Kevin Thomas Mathias and his wife Holly of Ahoskie.

He was cherished by seven great grandchildren. Courtney Brown Simpson and her husband Henry of Harrellsville. Emily Renee Bracy of Harrellsville, Hunter Thomas Bracy of Ahoskie, Wyatt Walker Daly and Olivia Grace Daly of Ahoskie, Shelton Mitchell Batts II and Annie Laura Batts of Ahoskie, and Annabell Faith Mathias of Ahoskie.

He was adored by one great great grandchild. William Henry Simpson of Harrellsville.

He is survived by three sisters. Annie Laura Sexton of Gatesville, NC, Juanita Christenson of Winton and Joyce Sexton of Winton. He was preceded in death by a sister Aldeen Duke.

If you asked him what was his greatest accomplishment in life, he would tell you his family. He loved them in a very special way and he was proud of each of them.

His family is also proud of him and the way he lived his life for 92 years. He will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted

at the graveside at 4:00 PM Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Highland Memorial Gardens in Ahoskie. The family will receive friends at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home Friday, September 10, 2010 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM and also after the graveside service at Winton Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College St. Oxford, NC 27565.

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Fred Allen Downs Jr.
13 years ago

So sorry for your loss ,family . Mr Mathis was a good man,and friend . I have many memmories of him and of the family . I am glad you were able to spend as much time as you did ,I know he and Dad are up there now catching up on old news .

Kirk and Rachel Peterson
13 years ago

Kevin and Holly,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your grandfather. We will be praying for your family. We miss you all.

God Bless,

Kirk, Rachel, Caleb, Cody & Justin Peterson

Trish Carson
13 years ago


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Haven’t seen you in some time, but hope you have been doing well.

Miss Annie,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother. I haven’t had the opportunity to see you much at Gatesville church, but I hope you are doing well.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Bunny Brady
13 years ago

I am so sorry to hear of Thomas’s passing, I know how close the entire family is and how much you will miss him as will the entire community. Please give my love to them all.

Love, Bunny