- December 20, 1944 - December 28, 2012
- Fruitvale, Texas
of J.W.'s Passing
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“Bert, I am so sorry to hear of your loss, may you find comfort in your memories ...you will find they will be a blessing and an anchor in this time...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Gretta Savage Smith - Seagoville, TX
“i am sad to read of J.W.'s passing. I was a youngster when we met at Zipp City Baptist Church in Zipp City.(now Balch Springs) He dated my deceased...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: LINDA LEWIS WELLS - BUFFALO, TX
“I know there will be a big hole in you and your kids heart, but hope you find some comfort in knowing you all are being thought of at this time. ...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Major Hammett - DeSoto, TX
“Dear Bert and girls, Sandra and family and Marvin and family, our hearts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. May the peace and...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Janice and Gordon Young - Terrell, TX
“Bert, So many good things come with knowing this man. I will never forget
the day my dad came home with a horse
named Midnight, a black and white...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Bobby and Patti Kitchens - TX
“So sorry Bert, We Think of you all from our playday days.
6 of 16 | Posted by: Leon and Ann Kitchens
“We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you. We always found J.W. to be a really nice person each time we got to visit with him...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Martha Mathis//Steve Mathis - TX
“I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Mathis when I was in Junior High school and became friends with his daughter, Sam. From the moment I met this man I...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Melissa Simmons Littleton - Tyler, TX
“Thank you for taking me in your home and treating me as your daughter. You are one of the best men I have ever had in my life. Its a comfort to know...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Bobbie Mathis - Clifton, TX
“So wish I could be there with you. Precious memories will always be ours. He loved his girls above all and yes that includes his wife. Walk with...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Nellie Williams - New Bern, NC
“My deepest sympathy for your family during this great time of sorrow and loss. May God be with you all.
11 of 16 | Posted by: Joy Wimsey - Hallsville, TX
“MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN THIS TIME OF NEED.
12 of 16 | Posted by: KIM PARKER - CRANDALL, TX
“sorry about the lost will be greatly missed by all
13 of 16 | Posted by: cecil mccoy - kemp , TX
“He would do anything for a friend or family. I will sincerely miss him & his humor.
14 of 16 | Posted by: Judy M. Russell - Dallas, TX
“I am so sorry to hear of J.W.'s passing. I had just visited with him last month. I had worked with J.W. for years at the Kaufman Sheriff's Office. My...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Cindy Flowers Hunter - Terrell, TX
“Our family is in shock!!
We love you so much and you will be missed!!!
God be with Bert and the kids and grandkids! My heart is broken also. I...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Tandra M Mathis - McKinney , TX
J.W. Mathis, Husband, Father, Peace Officer, and Uncle 'Dub' among many other fond titles, passed away on December 28, 2012 at approximately 6:30pm in Terrell, Texas. J.W. was born on December 20, 1944 in Maud, Texas. He lived a major part of his life in Kemp, Texas with his surviving wife, Bert Mathis and his daughters, Tammy Benton, Samantha Ledbetter, Rebecca Mathis and Patricia Mathis. He is also survived by many grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and his loving dog Suzie. J.W. worked much of his life as a Peace Officer serving the city of Kemp Texas, Kaufman County Texas, and finally retiring from Van Zandt County Texas after more than 20 years in law enforcement. During his career he touched the lives of many and even those he had to enforce the law against held him in the highest respect. J.W. was a mentor and will continue to be the role model many aspire to be. He leaves behind a legacy that will not soon fade from memory. J.W.'s life will be celebrated with a memorial on Saturday January 12, 2013 open from 12:00pm to 05:00pm at Harvey's RV Park Center, 101 N. Hwy 274 Kemp, Texas 75143 located on the corner of Hwy 175 and Hwy 274 behind Harvey's Exxon.