OBITUARY

L. Steve Mathis

July 17, 1941February 4, 2019
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L. Steve Mathis, 77, of Mint Hill, NC went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 4th, 2019 at Novant Presbyterian Main Hospital in Charlotte, NC.

Steve was born to Bruce and Ellen Mathis in High Shoals, NC on July 17, 1941. He was married to Janet T. Mathis on August 10, 1974, whom he loved and cherished for their forty-four years together.

After his high school years, Steve enlisted in the United States Army, where he was a Ranger. After serving his country, Steve chose to return close to home and serve the community as a police officer. He was honored to be a Patrol Officer for the Mecklenburg County Police Department and the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Police Department. During his years with the department, he was also a training officer, where he had a love for being a mentor. He retired after 30 years of service to the community.

Steve is survived by his ‘Chinadoll’ (wife) Jan Mathis and loving ‘Daddy’ to Wes Mathis(son), Rodney Mathis(son), Stephanie McGinnis(daughter), Sandy Mathis(daughter-in-law), Bethany Mathis(daughter-in-law), Ryan McGinnis(son-in-law) and a dear ‘Pappy’ to his grandchildren; Noah Mathis, Cole Mathis, Benji Mathis and Charlotte Mathis. Siblings - Jim Mathis, John Mathis, Marlene Mathis and David Mathis.

The family would like to thank his many friends and fellow police officers that were always there for him. A special thanks to Mark Harris for always being there by his side. And an additional heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Novant Neuro ICU for taking such great care of him in his last days.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, February 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

L. Steve Mathis

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Neal White

February 8, 2019

My sympathies to the Mathis Family as I worked with Steve with the MCPD many years ago . He was once of the good guys, always eager to assist and he was friendly and so well liked. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Jerry White

Ross Stutts

February 7, 2019

My first of many memories of Steve was during my training phase after recruit school. Steve was assigned to Communications and I was very impressed with his voice and articulation. After meeting him sometime later I told him several times that he had the ability to be on AM radio (only radio available then). Of course, he’d laugh it off. He and I became great friends on and off duty. When we were on the same shift, we'd hit each other in the chest to ensure the other was wearing a bullet resistant vest. Steve was a great and professional police officer – always very neat, well-polished with a military presence and respectful of those he encountered. I told him many times (and I'd try to do it in the presence of others) that he had always been a mentor to me - I always looked up to Steve . After retirement, I regret that, for the most part, we lost contact with each other. He is a great man and will be sorely missed by many. Please Rest In Peace, Steve.

Brian Stickley

February 6, 2019

Steve was a very good police officer and a great guy. We became friends as I was a young 19 year old dispatcher for the Charlotte Police Dept. Steve was a role model as he carried himself with pride and did his job properly and proudly.
My condolences,
Go rest high on that mountain friend

Ray Greene

February 5, 2019

Steve was a good officer and friend. We went through Police Rookie Training together and I am glad I had the opportunity to know him. My prayers go out to the family.

Ray Greene, retired CMPD

Wayne Tadlock

February 5, 2019

I remember some good times had, both on duty and off. He was certainly one of the good guys. Prayers for his family.

Bill Sirginson

February 5, 2019

My memory goes back to the times of serving with him at The Mecklenburg County Police Dept.. We enjoyed the work and the humor along with many friends we met thru the years. Prayers to the family and thanks be to God for all he did for others.
Bill Sirginson, Retired LEO.

Joy Lamb- Hurin

February 5, 2019

Jan & Family, I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss. We had so many good times bowling with you guys as well as many Sunday School memories. Please accept my condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joy

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