On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 19, 2016, Carol Wood Mathis walked into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was 80 years old.
Born in Tampa, Florida on August 26, 1935, Carol was born one of seven children to the late Rev. M.J. Wood and Mary Willis McDonald Wood. In the summer of 1958, she married the true love of her life, Rev. Dr. Vance B. Mathis, and together they raised three loving daughters to know and follow Christ.
Mrs. Mathis had a deep passion for teaching and loved to learn from the time she was a young girl. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish while minoring in English and used her education to become a well-loved teacher. Mrs. Mathis taught at several different schools in her career, the latest school being Brentwood Academy. In her retirement years, she enjoyed traveling and going on cruises with family and friends. Carol also loved going on dinner dates with her husband every chance they had.
Carol was a faithful member of Bonaire United Methodist Church and also dedicated much of her time to Indian Springs Holiness Campground Meetings. Her caring disposition, genuine love for everyone, and ability to brighten anyone’s day is a legacy that will forever live in each person’s heart that she touched in her lifetime.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Myrene Gillis and Willis Wood.
She leaves her memory behind with her husband of almost 58 years, Rev. Dr. Vance B. Mathis of Bonaire; children, Melody M. Whitaker (Travis) of Cordele, Merrie M. DeJeet (Frank) of Bonaire, and Marci M. Sorrell (Brad) of Macon; grandchildren, Ryan and Kyle Whitaker, and Lauren, Lindy, and Libby DeJeet; siblings, Marcia Templeton (Wayne) of Dublin, Laurence Wood (Kath) of Lexington, Kentucky, Alan Wood (Connie) of Macon, Joy Hencley (Roger) of Byron; sister-in-law, Freddie Ann Wood; and a number of adoring nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Saturday, July 23 at Bonaire United Methodist Church. Following the service, Carol was laid to rest in Magnolia Park Mausoleum.
Donations may be given in memory of Mrs. Mathis to Indian Springs Holiness Camp Meeting, Attn: Treasurer, Kevin Thompson, PO Box 1742, Mableton, GA 30126.
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