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Celebrating the life of

Richard Carl Mathis, Jr.

October 18, 1966 - February 19, 2024

Richard Carl Mathis, Jr.

    Richard Carl Mathis Jr. passed away peacefully on February 19, 2024 at the age of 57 in Savannah, Georgia at the Oaks of Habersham Assisted Living facility after bravely battling cancer and other illnesses. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard C. Mathis, his mother Thelma Mathis, his brothers Michael and James Wells and his sister Carolyn Grady. He is survived by his son Richard C. Mathis III, daughter Rebecca Mathis, his former wife Wendy Mathis, and his two sisters Rhonda (Scott) Middleton and Susan (Edward) Ryan along with his nephews Joshua Grady, Nolan Reeve, Nathan Reeve, and nieces Jamie Christie, Cynthia Ryan, and Amber Fudella.

      Richard was born in Watseka Illinois into a military family. He lived in several states and in Japan as a child. He joined the Marine Corps when he was 22 and later joined the Air National Guard and worked at the 165th Air Wing at the Savannah Hilton Head Airport as a crash crew fire fighter.  He retired from the Air National Guard in 2015. 

     Richard was best known for his great sense of humor, his love of music, playing the guitar, and collecting comic books. He loved to read and play video games in his spare time.  Richard was a loving father and brother who will be greatly missed. 

     A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 25th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm at Fox & Weeks Hodgson Chapel. Following, a funeral service will commence in the chapel at 3:00 pm. A military burial will take place at the Beaufort National Cemetery on Monday, February 26th at 11:00a.m.



So sorry for your loss. I’m sure everyone has witnessed to him and he is resting now out of pain. times like this we are reminded to do what we can while we are on earth to display God‘s glory. Peace be with you. Shalom.

- Debra Norwood , Beaufort , SC

A candle has been lit!

Our condolences go out to you & the kids. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

- CK, Tucson, AZ

To our friend Richie! We will always remember the times we had on the best shift- A-Shift! You always supplied the movie and snacks! Rest easy brother!

- Chuck Cheely , Guyton , Ga

The funeral is taking place at the chapel at the funeral home where the visitation is occurring on Hodgson Memorial drive. iIt is not at the Methodist church. That was an error.

- Wendy Sue Mathis, Pooler, Georgia

Wendy and the Kids, I am so sorry for your loss. Ritchie had a lot of love to give and he tried his best to spread it everywhere. The Father has gained a new Angel in his orchestra and I bet it sounds alot like Van Halen.

- Andy Crutchfield, Newnan, GA.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Richard III and his family. I pray that the coming days pass as easily as possible and that the sting of grief is not too bitter. While I never personally met Mr. Mathis, I am thankful that he fathered two amazing children, one of whom I am blessed to be able to call my friend.

- Blade Taylor, Guyton, GA

Very sorry for your loss. Richie was one of the most fun loving guys I have ever known. He will be missed.

- Patrick Harrison, Ludowici , Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel