Johnny Mathis

Friday, September 30, 2011

"Country" Johnny Mathis, 81, of Cornersville, died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at his home after several years' illness.

Mr. Mathis was born in Maud, Texas, and was a son of the late Bill and Ruth Cummings Mathis. He was a member of the Franklin Avenue Christian Center in Lewisburg. Mr. Mathis was an evangelist, singer and songwriter. Early in his career he was a recording artist and writer of country music, having written over 400 country songs, many of which were performed by inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the '70s, '80s and '90s, he spent most of his time singing gospel music and evangelizing across the country.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Mathis; a brother, Raymond Mathis; a granddaughter, Kayla Machelle Mathis; and a grandson, Ira Tate.

Mr. Mathis is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jeannie Mathis of Cornersville; daughter, Sherie Darlene Craver of Marshall, Texas; three sons, John Mathis Jr. of Spring Hill, Bill Mathis of Lewisburg, and James Mathis of Cornersville; sister, Clara Hutchins of Cookeville, Texas; two brothers, Edward Mathis of Cookeville, Texas and Billy Mathis of Marshall, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, from the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Beechwood Cemetery, Cornersville.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Lawrence Funeral Home And Cremation Services, Inc, Chapel Hill, is in charge of arrangements (