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Charles Thomas "Tommy" Mathis

POLKTON – On Thursday, February 4, 2021, Mr. Charles Thomas “Tommy” Mathis, 83, passed away at his home. Tommy was born January 3, 1938 and was a son of the late Charlie Woodrow Mathis and the late Myrtle Kirk Mathis. Tommy’s parents both passed away when he was a small child, his father when he was 3 and his mother when he was 5. He was lovingly cared for and reared by his grandmother. He was a graduate of Polkton High School. While in high school he played basketball, was the class treasurer, voted most athletic, most intelligent, most popular, most musical and best sport. It should also be noted, however, among all his achievements in school he was still considered by his friends as the class clown! That continued through life as he was always known by his family as the ultimate prankster with an infectious laugh. He cherished many hobbies, enjoyed the outdoors, and had a special place in his heart for animals. His employment included several years with Irving Construction Company and Piedmont Tools, both in Charlotte. After moving back to Polkton, he worked for a brief period of time at Polkton Manufacturing, later for Clark Equipment in Rockingham and finished his career with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He was a faithful member of Polkton Baptist Church where he was ordained a deacon. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Doug Mathis (Kim) of Kernersville, Lisa Burleson (Billy) of Norwood and Lori Bennett (Jeremy) of Amelia Island, FL; his grandchildren, Emily Mathis, Carter Mathis, Brittany Chisom (Josh), Nathan Burleson (Amber), Brinley Carpenter (Jordan), Kaya Bennett and Brycen Bennett; his great-grandchildren, Korbin, Max, Jovian, Vance, Brooklyn, Benjamin and Theodore and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marie Terry of Wadesboro and Benny Clanton, Jr. of Leveland, TX. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Clanton Mathis and his companion, Doris Whittington. The family will have a private graveside service in Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Cemetery and a celebration of Tommy’s life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Polkton Baptist Church, P.O. Box 10, Polkton, NC 28135 or the Friends of the Anson County Animal Shelter, c/o Maureen Lett, 307 Leak Ave., Wadesboro, NC 28170. The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home and online condolences may be made at www.leavittfh.com

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A candle was lit in memory of Charles Mathis

Lisa Galliher Anastas Feb 21 2021 12:00 AM

Praying for the family The Mathis family was a part of my family many years ago. Great memories shared with them I love you Lisa Burleson

Lisa Galliher Anastas Feb 21 2021 12:00 AM

Was so shocked to hear of The Loss of a Good Friend !! Each Time I saw Tommy , he had the Biggest Grin on his face !! I will Always Remember when he played Basketball at Polkton High School and how fast that Young Man could run !! Never will forget The Mattress that Burnsville High School had to put up at the end of their Basketball court that probably saved Tommy's life as he ran into it so hard one night . I remember sharing this with Tommy down at Jones Fish Camp one night . We both got a Big Laugh out of that . He was such a Good Individual as I have never known him to meet a Stranger. Rest in Peace , My Friend !! Until we meet again , May God Rest Your Soul !!!

Jay Higginbotham Feb 18 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Mathis

Jay Higginbotham Feb 18 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Mathis

Peggy Martin Feb 18 2021 12:00 AM

Prayers for the family.

Perry and Sharon Johnson Feb 18 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Mathis

Perry and Sharon Johnson Feb 18 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Mathis

Michael Mabry Feb 16 2021 12:00 AM

Doug, Lisa and Lori I am so sorry for your loss. Tommy was a great, kind man. I can't help but remember the great times playing football and basketball at the Mathis home. Y'all were great neighbors and friends. Hope the days ahead will bring you peace. Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor Feb 15 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Mathis

Jeff Taylor Feb 15 2021 12:00 AM

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