James Ben Mathis

September 2, 1935April 5, 2019

James Ben Mathis, age 83, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at BMH Union County. He was born September 2, 1935 to E.J. Mathis and Ruby Hitchcock Mathis. He was an Army Veteran and retired from truck driving after 35 years. His hobbies were watching the Atlanta Braves and Ole Miss football.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5pm Sunday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc. There will be a private family burial at a later time. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is honored to assist the family.

Survivors include his four daughters, Ruthie Warren (Jeff), Gaye Biffle (Jack) and Rachel Mathis, all of Pontotoc, MS and Rose Mathis of New Albany, MS; his two sons, Rocky Watts (Nancy) of Pontotoc, MS and Rodger Mathis (Bobbie) of TX;two sisters, Ann Rush (John) and Joann Dunlap, both of Pontotoc, MS; and two brothers, David Earl Mathis and Eddie Joe Mathis; six grandchildren, Kim Watts, Jason Watts (Ashley), Jordan Watts (Lauren), Jackie Biffle, Courtney Biffle and Brian Mathis; six great-grandchildren, Zoey BIffle, Lilly Grace Stegall, Bailey Watts, Conner Watts, John Riley Watts and Zelda Jane Mathis; and special friends, Laurie Pannell, Ricky Pannell and Robert Pannell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Clytee Holcomb Mathis; and two sisters, Annie Ruth Elliott and Mary Mathis.

Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2019

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