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“I am sorry to hear of Donnie's passing. He was a great classmate at BCCHS. Along with many other members of our class, I offer my condolences and...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Keith Burkhead - Baattle Creek, MI

“Hugs, hugs, hugs....know you're in my thoughts and prayers Cyndy ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Kathy Green - BC, MI

“Don was a great man he taught me a lot he will truly be missed much love Don praying for your family RIP Don you will never be forgotten ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Frank Dabbagh - Jackson, MI

“Cyndy and family: So very sorry to hear of your loss. After seeing your picture with your husband the memories of your folks and the many good...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Dave Eddy - Battle Creek, MI

“Misty, Mom, & I share in your sadness of Donnie's passing. We will keep you close in our thoughts. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Steven Berner - Sebastian, FL

“Cindy,John,Jaquie and Family.We are so sorry for your loss.Donnie was a great Guy.He is with His sweet baby.RIP. Margie and Jim Wilcox ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Margie Wilcox - Jackson, MI

“Don was a wonderful man! Praying for comfort and peace for the entire family!! ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Tim Freeman - Gaylord, MI

“Always enjoyed seeing Donnie on his visit's to Florida! He will be missed by all but not forgotten. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Joel & Jody Warner - Belvidere, IL

“Sending love to the family that has been so good to me for many years! I hope you find strength in your memories of Don! ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Jennifer Skundrich - Essex Fells, NJ

“Don will be missed by all of his friends at Save-A-Lot. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: David Hall - Fairfield, OH

Mathis, Donnie L.
Of Jackson, MI left us for a little while on Thursday, September 15 after a short battle with cancer. Don was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on Oct 11th, 1953 along with his twin sister, Diane Lynn, to their parents, Coy T. and Alvilda L. Mathis who proceed him in death. Also proceeding him in death were his Granddaughter Amaree Mathis, Father-in-law John M Corbliss, Mother-in-law Gail (Rinker) Corbliss. Donnie retired in October, 2015 from Save-A-Lot Food Stores, where he had worked for the last 18 years as a District Manager. He had previously worked for the Kroger food stores for 27 years. He has been a member of AA since 2005, recently leading a local Jackson group in their efforts. Donnie and his wife, Cyndy, wintered in a retirement community in Jensen Beach, Florida, forsaking the colder winter months of Michigan while spending the summer months in Jackson. He is survived by his wife, Cyndy of Jackson and: son John Mathis (Frances) of Dearborn, MI and their daughter Madison; daughter Jacqueline Payne (Terrance) of Jackson; Kimberly (Scott) Mathis of Chetex, WI, along with their three children Jeremiah, Tyler, and Kaiden. His surviving siblings include: Lou Eva Spencer (Leo) of Battle Creek, Carolyn Gruys (Pete – deceased) of Battle Creek, MI, Helen Stagnaro (Charles) of Athens, TN, Claudia Levy of Atlantic Beach, FL and David Mathis (Susan) of Ogden, UT. Donnie is survived by many, many nieces, nephews and greats. Once you knew Donnie, he was a loyal and true friend. It is hard to ask for anything more. He liked to laugh and had a subtle sense of humor. Donnie was a friend for life and could be a man of few words. He was a quiet and private person, holding many things close to his heart but was quietly outspoken and direct when challenged on a point. He was honest to a fault and fun to be around. He was fiercely loyal to his family and always protective of their interests. He enjoyed golf, working on the computer and above all, spending time with his children and grandchildren. Cyndy was the love of his life, and they were getting ready to celebrate their 35th anniversary in November. He will be missed by all. The remains have been cremated and a memorial service will be held Friday, September 23 at 11:00 am, at Watson Funeral Chapel, Michael D. Mason officiating, followed by internment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Jackson, MI. In lieu of flower, we request that donations be made to Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice, or the American Cancer Society.


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