July 19, 1973 – April 25, 2021
Mattie DeWindt affectionately known as Chyna was born on July.19.1973 to Charles L. DeWindt and Shirley Stephens DeWindt. Mattie named after her grandmother on her fathers side was the 6th of 7 children. Mattie attended the following schools in the Bronx where she grew up P.S 58 and C.I.S 147 and finished her schooling in DeWitt Clinton High School. At a very young age Mattie had displayed a love for singing, and was coached with her singing by her father who also had a love for singing. Mattie spent a lot of her time growing up singing with her father. Mattie many times can be heard singing with her father in his poolroom room that he had in our place growing up in 2000 Valentine Ave Apt.134. Mattie was definitely “Daddys little girl”. Growing up Mattie was very mild tempered and loving, always willing to share what she had. Mattie growing up had many friends but had one bestie she was very fond of Kim Waring who was like a sister to her. In 1995 Mattie along with her younger sister took up residence in Lithonia Georgia. Their Mattie and Eric Jernigan had their first child Cordasia Jernigan who was born on June 3.1996 and then Little Eric who was born on September.13.2000 Life in Georgia was at first hard for Mattie because she was very close to family and was a New York apple from the heart. But like everything Mattie adapted and began to build memories with her family at a home way from home. Mattie loved her kids and did everything she could along with Eric to make them happy sometimes at her own cost, another one of Matties beautiful qualities. Like herself, her daughter Cordasia had a love for singing, and exactly as her father did with her she to began to sing with her daughter. Mattie loved people and this was exhibited in her quality of work, working to make sure people stayed and felt safe. Mattie had many varieties of food that she liked but two of her favorites were her mothers bake macaroni and cheese and the lasagna made by her husband Big Eric. Mattie DeWindt Jernigan was loved by everyone she was a wonderful daughter, a great sister, a loving mother, a beautiful wife, a blessing to have in the family and a treasure to all friends. Mattie was preceded in death by her father Charles.L.DeWindt Sr. She is survived by Her husband Eric her two kids Cordasia and Eric Jrand her 3 grandsons. Her mother Shirley DeWindt Stephens and her siblings Charles Jr., Venice, John, Lisa, Bobby and Venasia., also many nieces and nephews, and cousins to many name and aunts and a uncle and inlaws. Mattie have touched many lives during her journey and because of that she will always be loved and remembered.
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