Graveside services for James "Mark" Mathews will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with Bro. Brent Manasco officiating. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.
Mark Mathews, 49, of Meridian, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.
Mark was born June 12, 1970, in Butler, Ala. He was a proud Eagle Scout and a graduate of Auburn University ("War Eagle!"). He served as a Capt. in the Mississippi State Guard. He was a long-time employee of Walmart on Highway 19 in Meridian. Gen. George S. Patton once said, "I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom." Mark was an overcomer; he faced numerous health issues throughout his life but always bounced back.
Mark is survived by his wife of 18 years, Donna Mathews; his parents, James and Barbara Mathews of Meridian; and his sister, Paula Jill Mathews of Peoria, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Tennie Hensel of Butler, Ala., and Charles and Katie Mathews of Wetumpka, Ala.
Pallbearers will be friends and members of the Mississippi State Guard.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be shared with the American Cancer Society or ACS' Hope Lodge, 1104 Ireland Way, Birmingham, AL 35205.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertbarhamffh.com.
Published on September 26, 2019


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