OBITUARY

James E. "Butch" Mathis

June 4, 1947October 20, 2021
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IRMO - James E. “ Butch” Mathis of Irmo, husband of 54 years to Johnnie Mathis, passed away on October 20, 2021.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 24, 2021 at Chapin United Methodist Church with Reverend Jody Flowers officiating.

Born on June 4, 1947, Butch was the son of Brantley and Mattie Mathis. He was a proud member of the Bishopville High class of 1965, and still enjoyed regular lunch meetings with “The Bishopville Boys” who will serve as Honorary Pallbearers. Butch earned his undergraduate degree in Business in 1969 from the University of South Carolina where he also earned his MBA.

He began his career with Sonoco Products Company and later started his own manufacturing company. His motto was “Do what it takes to get the job done”. This meant long, hard work hours, but he still made time for his favorite past times – flying, fishing and racing. He was an accomplished commercial pilot who enjoyed his time as a flight instructor and multi-engine pilot with a sea plane rating. Fishing, especially on Lake Murray, Santee, and Lake Fontana, NC with his longtime friend Allen Gilbert was another favorite hobby. Butch competed in the Sportsmans Division of NASCAR and on local dirt tracks.

He was also an avid supporter of Gamecock sports, was a US Army veteran and a member of Chapin United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his two children, Jim Mathis (Elaine) and Susan Noller (Drew). He loved being surrounded by his seven grandchildren: Ethan, Ashley, John and Ava Noller and Hannah, Caleb and Daniel Mathis. Also surviving are his nephew, David Sellers, as well as numerous aunts and cousins. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sister, Carolyn Sellers, brother-in-law, George Sellers and nephew, Michael Sellers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chapin UMC, The American Cancer Society or to the charity of one’s choice.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Sunday, October 24, 2021

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 24, 2021

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Jeff Galloway

October 25, 2021

We were very sorry to hear about Butch passing. He was a great man who helped many others throughout the years. I really enjoyed flying with him on several occasions. My family will really miss him. Our prayers are with the entire family during this time.

Ronda Palmer

October 23, 2021

I met Susan in the sixth grade, a time when spending the weekends at each other’s homes was everything, Being at Susan’s in the fall meant Gamecock Saturday’s. The “businessman” as most would see him (that I would one day work for), was also the biggest fan on game day. His excitement was contagious and the trips with him were always the best. Butch (he later told me I could call him) adored his family and seeing him with the grandkids at a birthday party sent me back in time to the pool days and kitchen table conversations when Susan and I were the kids. I think of all the roles he ever played, being a grandad was the best. I am thankful for the influence that Butch had on my life and for family time he and Mrs Mathis allowed me to be a part of. Now if Heaven has a big screen, somebody better cook something good and turn on the Gamecocks! Butch, you will be missed!

ALLEN GILBERT

October 22, 2021


Butch and I stayed over night at each other’s home over the years. Butch and Johnnie always made me feel at home and treated me like family. I believe he felt the same when staying with Cecile and I.

The good times we shared together could fill a book. We have a friend ship that was very close for more than twenty-five years. When his health was good so he could pass his pilot license we made trips around the county fishing. We fished together in many a Bass tournament.

The activity Butch and I enjoyed most was our annual trip in the spring and early winter to Fontana Lake. We stayed on my floating cabin, enjoyed our time together fishing, eating good food and talking. Butch wanted to have his grand children enjoy the fishing with him on Fontana Lake. First he brought Ethan and then John. I hope they will always remember the trips with their grandfather. I would like to share two things I remember out of thousands about Butch. When we were fishing and I missed a fish strike he would always say "let him hit Dr. Death".
When he was in car racing we were on our way back from fishing a Bass Tournament on Santee that required him to have his crew chief drive his race car. Butch had the radio on listening to the race. The race announcer said he could not believe the improvement Butch had made since his last race. He could not understand why Butch had not done that in the past races.

Barbara Atkinson

October 22, 2021

Johnnie and family and I am so saddened to hear of Butch's passing.My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Rae Gillespie

October 22, 2021

Butch was easily one of the most influential people in my life. My deepest sympathies to Johnnie, Jimmy, Susan and Family on your loss. Please know that my prayers are with you now and always. May God heal you in His infinite graces, and bless you with His love. May God welcome home Butch with “2001 – A Space Odyssey”.

With Love, Rae

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Airplane Flight circa 1982

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Susan's Wedding

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Flight to Outback Bowl 2001

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Early Career

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Airplane Flight circa 1982

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Susan's Wedding

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Flight to Outback Bowl 2001

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Early Career

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Paragon Plastics Ceremony

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At the Office

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US Army

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Bishopville High School Football

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