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Celebrating the life of

Wayne Mathis

Passed away on February 27, 2024

Wayne Mathis

Wayne Mathis, 70, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at Memorial Health.  Wayne was born August 6, 1953 in Americus, Georgia to Carl William Mathis, Sr. and Edna Allen Mathis.  He was an electrician in Cordele and Savannah, working for Braddy Electric when he retired in 2022.  He recently went back to work at IMI Industries.  He was a former member of Wenona Baptist Church in Cordele, Georgia and was a current active member of First Baptist Church of the Islands, in Savannah, Georgia.  He served as a Deacon and in the Stephen Ministry, and was an active member of the Rock ‘n Rollers Sunday School Class at FBCI. 

Through the years, Wayne enjoyed fishing, cooking, entertaining, gardening, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events or watching sports on TV. He most loved serving others, whether it was minor repairs for family and friends, hosting his famous fish fry dinners, or delivering fruits and vegetables to everyone he knew.  He adored spending time with his family and cherished his time with his brothers. Wayne was blessed to live a full Christian life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Margie Holton Mathis, and his brother, William Mathis. 

Wayne is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sue Hodges Mathis, and his children: James Swinney, Will Swinney (Betsy), Deena Britt (Matt), Janie Peaster, Leslie Pitts (Brian), and Susan Burnett (Jon). 

He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren: Daniel Kilgore, Emma Ledbetter (Josh); Wil Wade (Rachael), Leah, Jack, and Eva Swinney, Grace Donaldson; Fisher and Annalise Britt; Libby and Luke Peaster; Joseph and Sophia Pitts; and Raine and Ella Morrison.  Wayne is survived by three great-grandchildren: Abel Ledbetter; Hardin and Graham Wade; brothers Wallace Mathis (Lori), and Wesley Mathis (Beverly); sisters-in-law, Melanie Mathis and Beth Hodges; and many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be held Friday, March 1, 2024 at 9:00AM at First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31410 with funeral to follow at 10:00AM. 

There will be a graveside service at 3:00PM at Sunnyside Cemetery, Cordele, GA. 






Sue and family we are praying for each of you at the sad time. God bless . Mike and Cindy Lee and family.

- Cindy Harris Lee, Arabi, Ga

Sue , Billy and I are praying for you and your family. So sorry to hear this sad news. Love you

- Shirley Grotheer, Savannah, GEORGIA

We are so saddened by the loss of Mr. Wayne. I will always be grateful to him for the time he spent with our son and fishing. We are praying for all of your family . May peace be with you all- Julie

- Herkimer Family, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

- Herkimer Family, Savannah, GA

Dear Family, Wayne was a gentleman and special person. I pray God will be with each of you. Susan W Knight

- Susan & Dale Knight, Cordele , GA

Worked with Mr. Wayne for many years at Georgia-Pacific. He was a nice man and always pleasant with a big smile to great you. So very sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for all the family.

- Amy A Fore, VIENNA, Georgia

I was so saddened to hear this news! My family has so many wonderful memories with the Mathis/Sweeney family! God Bless you all!

- Betty Lamb, Vienna, Ga

So sorry to hear this news. Wayne was such a Christian gentleman and an honor to know him. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Family.

- David Peaster, SR., Warner Robins, GA

Sue, I am so saddened and shocked by this news! I know your heart is broken. Praying for the Lord to give you peace, just knowing where Wayne is today, but I am so very sorry for your loss.

- donna plumbley, Savannah, Ga

Sue and family, it is my prayer that the constant love of caring friends soften your sadness. May cherished memories bring you moments of comfort and may lasting peace surround your hearts! Thanks for the memories old friend! Go rest high on that mountain!

- Gary G Dorough, Albany, GA

Sue, you and your family are in our prayers. Wayne was a good example for us all. God Bless you and your family.

- David &Fran Mccarthy, Savannah, Georgia

Sue, my heart breaks for you. May God surround you and your family with His comfort and peace as grieve. Love, Pat

- Pat Canady, Savannah, GA

Sue and Family - Praying for each of you during this time. Wayne was always nice, very helpfull and great co-worker. He will be missed but I am thankful to have good memories of working with him. Love and Hugs to you all!!

- Kelly Cochran, Pooler, GA

Sue and family, Wayne was a special man. I had the privilege to serve on Stephen MInistry with him. He had such a big heart and gentle spirit. Mr. Wayne was always willing to serve others. He ALWAYS had a story to tell and a big smile doing it. He always took the time to ask about my son and was truly interested in how he was doing. Wayne was a wonderful example of Godly love. ‭‭‭‭Matthew 25:23 ESV‬‬ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ We are praying for your family in the days ahead The Medina's

- Medina, Savannah, Georgia

I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a nice man. Sue, you and your family are in my prayers. May you feel the presence of many who love and care about you.

- Jeannette Whitted, Savannah, GA

We are so saddened by this loss. I'm going to miss our conversations about fishing and the mountains. There have been many memorable memories and stories with Uncle Wayne. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Brandon and Abby Wolcott, Jackson, Wyoming

I worked with Wayne on many different projects for Rabey Electric. He was always a hard dedicated (maybe too dedicated sometimes) worker and would give you the shirt off his back. Sometimes I wonder how he found the patience to deal with me. He will be missed.

- Joe Austin jr, Savannah, Ga

Sue, Janie and family we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for all of you. May God comfort you in this difficult time. Monty and Susan Graham

- Susan Graham, Savannah, GA

I am saddened to hear of your loss, Sue. May God bless you and your family with comfort and strength.

- Denise Considine Thompson, Savannah, GA

I am saddened to hear of your loss, Sue. May God bless you and your family with comfort and strength.

- Denise Considine Thompson, Savannah, GA

I am so sorry about Wayne. He was a sweet, gentle man. I am so sorry I cannot attend the funeral but please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

- Arlis Faye Rogers, POOLER, GA, CHATHAM

To the Mathis Family I am sorry for your loss. Y'all will be in my thoughts and prayers. Wayne was a character of the good sorts. I always enjoyed our indepth conversations about hunting, fishing, and growing a garden. Men of his character are few and far between these days. He will be greatly missed. May you find peace and comfort in the good Lord.

- Roger Pollock, Cordele, GA

Ms Sue, Janie, and family we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know we are praying for you during this time.

- Rusty and Ranee Bragg, Savannah, Georgia

Sue I am so saddened by the news of Wayne's passing. I know how devastating it is to loose your life's partner Praying God will pour out His peace on you and your family.

- Wanda Parnell, Rincon, Georgua

Prayer to the entire family for peace and comfort in this time. Keep the stories of Wayne told often.

- Frances Allen, Odessa, TX

I Worked with Wayne at Rabey Electric for quite some time. He could be hard to get along with sometimes, as the guys know,but, he tried to be a good guy as well. Very knowledgeable and didn't mind working late to get things done. Definitely will be missed, RIP Wayne

- Randy Fordham, Springfield, GA

Sue and family, We are so sad to hear of Wayne’s passing. From the moment we met Wayne he always had a kind and generous spirit. We are praying for you and ask God to surround you with love during this difficult time. Much love, The Walma Family

- Ken and Sara Walma and the girls, Lexington , KY

Wayne was a quiet, competent helper who lived an exemplary Christian walk. Condolences to Sue and Family. His Eternity is assured. RS, Stan Jones

- Stan Jones, Savannah, Ga. 31410

Sue and Family, May God wrap his strong arms around you, and Jesus walk with you during this very hard time and always, giving you the strength you need. We are so sorry for your loss. Lifting you up in prayer. Kaye and Greg

- Kaye and Greg Burch, Savannah, GA

We are so sorry for your great loss of Wayne. Please know we are praying for your family in the days ahead. Love & Blessings, Felicia & Deedy Scarborough

- Felicia & JD Scarborough , Cordele, GA

Sue I just saw this on facebook this morning. I am so very sorry and shocked to learn of Wayne passing. I definitely would have been at the service had I known. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.

- Barbara Dudley, SAVANNAH, Georgia

I'm one of probably many electricians who got their start under Wayne. He was a great role model and mentor for me. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.

- Walton Nussbaum , Canal Winchester , Ohio

My dad (Skip Garman) and I worked for many years with Wayne. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Wayne, his work ethic, his faith and his friendship. May God give you His peace in this difficult time.

- Scott Garman, Rincon, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel