Larry Wayne Mathis

November 26, 1953March 28, 2021

MACKINAW ~ Larry Wayne Mathis, age 67 years, 4 months and 2 days, passed away at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 28, 2021 at his home.

He was born November 26, 1953 in London, Kentucky and was the seventh son of Willie David and Mabel (Partin) Mathis. His parents preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by one son, Larry Jason Mathis and three brothers, Lyndon Mathis, Bobby Mathis and Darrell Mathis.

Surviving are the love of his life and fiancé, Tamrin Downing of Mackinaw; one daughter, Tara Mathis of Bloomington; one son, Joshua Mathis of Mackinaw; one bonus son, Levi (Jenny) Smith of Pekin; three grandgirls, Abigail Mathis, Addison Smith and Stevie Leigh Mathis Kiper; four brothers, Raymond (Pauline) Mathis of Jackson County, Kentucky, Vernon (Lois) Mathis of Lexington, Kentucky, Howard (Rita) Mathis of White Springs, Florida and Mike (Becky) Mathis of Morton and three sisters, Pauline Vaughn of Macon, Georgia, Carol Bill of London, Kentucky and Joyce Blue of Fleming Island, Florida.

Larry was a member of Illinois Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 197 in Bloomington, where he worked out of for more than 45 years. He enjoyed traveling and working all over the United States and also had taught classes to the apprentices. He also served on the Electoral Board for the union for many years.

Spending time with his grandgirls was first and foremost. Larry loved his 50th anniversary “arrest me red” Corvette and spent many hours traveling in it exploring with Tamrin. He also enjoyed golfing with his brothers and friends, fishing, especially with Jim and Terry, talking politics, and all sports.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date with burial in Mathis Cemetery in Jackson County, Kentucky at a later date. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell County Children’s Advocacy Center, 341 Buena Vista, Pekin, Illinois 61554 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

In closing, Larry Wayne would want everyone to take five minutes of their time to appreciate their loved ones.

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Rick Terven

April 7, 2021

Tammy and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

Without a doubt one of the greatest persons I have ever known. He will be missed by many, but has left a lot of fun and good memories that we will think back on for a life time. Missed but never forgotten.


Doug Bell

April 2, 2021

To all the family and friends of Larry you have my deepest sympathy and my prayers go out to all of you. Larry and I went to high school together and were the same age with only one day between us in age. We were very close in those days but over time life went in different directions and I haven't seen Larry for many years. Again I'm very sorry for your loss.

J Knobloch

April 1, 2021

On behalf of the Executive Board, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 197, we extend our deepest sympathy to the Mathis family. Brother Larry’s contributions to our Local will not be forgotten and we will miss him. His name will forever be recorded in the history of the IBEW.

Executive Board
Recording Secretary

Denise Duncan

March 31, 2021

Although we had never met, through Facebook and pics Tamrin shared, the love for each other was evident! The love for family was evident!! My prayers for peace and comfort during your time of loss.

Erica Ziegenbein

March 31, 2021

Tamrin, I’m so sorry for your loss. The loss of someone dear to us is never easy. I hope all the cherished memories that you have with him brings you some light during this dark time. My deepest condolences to you and your family

Sally Marek

March 31, 2021

Tamrin, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Larry was a wonderful guy, and I will always remember his kindness.. My condolences to Tara and Josh also.

Linda Justus

March 31, 2021

Tamrin, Tara, Josh - so very sorry to hear about Larry. Both Rod and I have many great memories of him. Take care.

Rod and Linda Justus