Russell Mathis Sr.
February 13, 1945 - May 8, 2024

Russell Mathis Sr., 79, of Wilmington , NC went to be with the lord on May 8 ,2024. He was born in Pender County , NC to Lloyd Faison Mathis and Kattie Mazingo Mathis.

He was preceded in death by his brother Charles E. Mathis and both his parents Lloyd and Kattie Mathis.
Russell worked as a heavy equipment repair mechanic during his time and many other stuff as well with his free time. He was faithful to his lord he was in church every single time the doors would open he was there, till he gotten sick and couldn’t go. He loved his family dearly and his friends. Russell was loving , hard worker and amazing person inside and out.
He is survived by his loving wife Diane Mathis , sons Russell Mathis Jr. (Deborah), and Michael Christopher Mathis, and daughter by marriage Jennifer Roncone Shoe, his grandchildren Tammy Mathis ( Mikey) , Johnny Mathis (Alicia), Austin Mathis ,John Mathis(Emmy Lou). He had four great grandchildren Hannah Lucas, Shannon Lucas, Morgan Lucas, and  Lucia Mathis and followed by his great great grandson which came into his life almost two years ago that he adored so much his fat boy his lil monster Waylon Lucas. Russell is also survived by his brother Norwood Mathis (Bud) and many nieces and nephews as well.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday May 19,2024 at 2 pm at Peace Baptist Church
320 Military Cutoff Wilmington, NC 28411.
Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations, 6 Jacksonville Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.


  • Vern Mathis Posted May 14, 2024 1:58 pm


  • Deborah Mathis Posted May 17, 2024 7:28 pm

    Russell loved all his children, two Sons. One granddaughter and three grandsons. Four great- granddaughters, and one great-great grandson so much. He even had nicknames for each grandchildren,and he even had a nickname for me too it was SMILEY,😁He said every time he seen me I was Smiling, I will miss him calling me SMILEY!!! Love you!!❤️ RIP🙏💔🥲😇

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