Onest Lee Mathis

March 1, 1935April 3, 2021
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Onest Lee Mathis was born March 1, 1935 in Nashville, Georgia and passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on Saturday, April 3, 2021 after living for almost 50 years in Stockbridge, Georgia. He was well-known for his devotion to his family and his incredible kindness to all.

He is survived by the love of his life of almost 54 years, Frances Mathis and his identical twin daughters, Polly Mathis Van Duser and Paula Mathis Sacks who loved him dearly. Onest was a US Air Force Veteran and retired after a 37-year-career from Colonial Bakery where he devoted his work life to baking delicious bread for millions of families every year. He was a 22-year cancer survivor and his wife, daughters, and extended family were grateful for the gift of his life for many more years. Onest is the son of the late Ruben Riley Mathis and the late Polly Ann Taylor both of Nashville, Georgia. He will be deeply missed by his beloved Frances; his daughter, Polly, her husband, Brad, and granddaughter, Sarah; his daughter, Paula, her husband, Jonathan, and grandson, Austin; and, his stepdaughter, Lindy Casper, his granddaughter, Victoria, and great-grandchildren, Jesse, Emma, Connor, and Cora.

He was proceeded in death by 11 brothers and sisters and shared a very special bond with his sole surviving sister, Vivian Merchant of Villa Rica, Georgia. His large family gave him numerous nieces, nephews and cousins that he spent much time with over the years. In his community, Onest had a long history as a member of the Stockbridge Masonic Lodge #691 where he treasured his many years of friendship and fellowship. He was just a few months shy of his 50th Master Mason Anniversary.

Visitation and funeral will be held at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home at 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, Georgia on Wednesday, April 7 where a small chapel service will be held due to Covid-19 restrictions. Interment with Military Honors and Masonic Rites will be at North Atlanta Memorial Park at 5188 Winters Chapel Road, Atlanta, Georgia at 12:30 p.m. where friends and family will gather for an outdoor ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. The Service will be broadcast live on Facebook Live Streaming on the Horis A. Ward Facebook Page at:


  • - Rev. Lee


  • Visitation - 10 Person Rotation Intervals (Masks Required)

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Celebration of Life - Limited Seating (MASKS REQUIRED)

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021


  • Graveside Committal Service

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021


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Fred Moore

April 11, 2021

Ivy Carruth

April 9, 2021

What a beautiful life of kindness and service. A man so very loved by many. Rest in peaceful slumber. Love and light to Polly and Paula, and all of the family.
-The Carruths

Mila Crain

April 7, 2021

Dear Polly, Paula and Momma. Please accept our condolences for the loss of your beloved Daddy and husband. We are truly heart broken by this news and wish you find comfort during this difficult time.

With love and sympathy,
Josh and Mila Crain

Larry Reynolds

April 6, 2021

My uncle Onest was the kind of man that had so many qualities, and those that knew him know what I'm saying. He always treated me like an equal, especially when I was young, and we had many adventures together. I used to ride shotgun with him on our many trips to Nashville Ga. All my memories of him will be in my heart forever. He was just such a good man and friend. We will all get together again, in heaven. What a marvelous time we will have then.

Susan Oltman

April 6, 2021

I did not really know Onest well, having only met him a couple of times. However, I truly FEEL that I knew him more deeply, thanks to Polly’s interview with Daddy on her Stories Connect People podcast. It was such a sweet and touching conversation - no doubt, it is now a treasured recording for all of his descendants and friends. So thankful for the eternal hope of Heaven so his sweet family can look forward to seeing him again one day. Much love and condolences to Frances, Polly, Paula, and families. 💜

Ardella Warren Vedas

April 6, 2021

Lots of memories from the country roads in Berrien County, Nashville, Ga. a first cousin of my Mama ( Jeanette Taylor Warren ) . My love and prayers to this dear family.

Teresa Wright

April 6, 2021

One of the nicest men I’ve ever met! I know for sure he loved his family and his girls were his life. What sweet memories you gave them all! I know you will forever be missed. You were a wonderful example of how a dad and husband should be.

Susan Henry Donald

April 6, 2021

He was like a dad to me. I spent many days with him and his family. He was a great man, father, n husband to my 2nd mom.
I am so grateful him n his family were apart of my life as I grew up. I will miss him grately . Mom, Polly, n Paula y’all are in my prayers. 🙏🏼❤️

Paula Sacks

April 6, 2021

We created memories every single day with Daddy. Sometimes a simple call, a message, or days or weeks we spent together. We treasure every single second that we had Daddy in our lives.

I will think about you every day for the rest of my life, Daddy, until we are together again.

I will be waiting, Daddy. ❤️

I love you more than you could ever know,


Polly Van Duser

April 5, 2021

Daddy, you brought so much love to everyone who knew you. Your legacy will live on forever.

Thank you for being the best Daddy in the world.

I will see you in Heaven one day and will give you the biggest hug again.

Momma is in good hands. Don't worry!

- Polly