AVERA, Ga.- Mr. William "Moon" Mathis, 82, of Avera, entered into rest Friday, July 2, 2004 at Jefferson County Hospital.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 4, 2004 at 3 p.m., at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Mr. Mathis was a native of Jefferson County. He attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College and Graduated from the University of Georgia in 1946. He was an Agriculture School Teacher for 37 years at Wrens High School, inducted as a Charter Member of the Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2000. He was a member and a Deacon of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, a member of the Avera Volunteer Fire Department, and served on Avera City Council. Mr. Mathis also co-authored a textbook named Farm, Power & Equipment which is still used in schools today. He was awarded Honorary State Farmer degree from the Georgia Future Farms of America Association, Distinguished Service Award in Agriculture Education and District Honor Award.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 57 years, Marviene Norton Mathis, two sons and daughters- in-law, Claude and Vianna Mathis, Thomson; Warren and Pamela Mathis, Avera; one daughter, Marsha Hughes, Avera; one sister, Virginia Sheppard, Augusta; six grandchildren, Jason Mathis, Ashley Brown, Kim Prater, Wes Mathis, Brooke Axon, and Brad Hughes, two great-grandchildren Drake Axon and Logan Prater.
Honorary Pallbearers were Deacons of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and Avera Volunteer Fire Department. Pallbearers were Wes Mathis, Jason Mathis, Anthony Clark, Russell Clark, Randy Sheppard and Larry Sheppard.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Bobbie Kitchens, Post Office Box 4, Avera, Georgia 30803.