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Virginia Lee Anthem Reed Mathis, was born July 31, 1922, to B. F. and Ophelia Reed, the middle child, between older brother John Wesley and younger sister, Nelda Sue, both who preceded her in death. Virginia passed peacefully, Sunday evening at Mississippi Care center where she had been a resident since 2011 due to complications after knee replacement surgery.

Born in Pebble Hill, Tennessee, Virginia spent her early years growing up there and surrounding areas, working with the family hoeing and picking her share of cotton and doing other chores. Known fondly to her close family as "Sister", she managed to make it through the eighth grade even though the depression was full blown.

Like many females of her era, she worked for a period as a seamstress at Weaver's pants factory in Corinth. A friend at Weavers introduced her to her future husband and father of her four children, Gilbert "Slim" Mathis. Those four children who survive her along with their spouses are daughters, Vickie Mitchell and husband Donnie, Janice Hinds and husband Ray, sons Richie Mathis and wife Margaret Ann, and Gilbert Reed, "Sonny" Mathis and wife Mitzi.

Before the kids were school age they and Virginia traveled with her construction worker husband to St. Louis and other locations where Gilbert found work. It was there that she learned to cope with big cities, learned to drive, and also had her first auto accident. When the kids began school she settled in Corinth, eventually in a house next door to her parents on Rose Street. To help out, Virginia took a job as a nurse aid at the Community hospital working alongside her lifetime friend and RN, Mike Franks. She worked the 11 pm to 7 am shift so she could still be at home with her kids at critical times. During this time, about 1960, she became seriously ill with tuberculosis, required major surgery, and was bedridden for over a year. She recovered and while rearing the four children spent several summers managing a successful fruit and vegetable business located on Proper Street near Conley Brothers in Corinth. Later, when she closed the fruit stand she moved the coke machine to her front porch and sold soft drinks to many neighborhood kids who were always welcome at her home. In her later years, she worked again as a nurse aid at the Care Inn and also worked part time at the Daily Corinthian.

Virginia, nicknamed Gin or Ginner by her husband, loved traveling, and did a lot with family members and with groups. Another favorite hobby was playing dominos which she did with many of her friends. She even kept a set near her bedside at the Care Center and was always ready to take on anyone up to the challenge. She was known as the domino champion of the Care Center. Cooking was her passion and she enjoyed it as much as folks enjoyed eating what she cooked. She was famous for her deserts including German Chocolate and Cameral cakes, banana pudding, butter rolls, and lemon ice box pies. And no one has ever equaled her scrumptious apple pies. Her cornbread, pinto beans, and macaroni and cheese were favorites of her grandchildren and she always had it ready for them after school. Though doubtful that she ever attended a major league game, she was an avid baseball fan, first of the Cardinals, then the Yankees, and finally the Braves; she was usually quiet unless excited by a big play when she would let out a yell. Always busy, she would watch the games on television while shelling peas, snapping beans, or doing crochet work. She left a legacy of numerous blankets, Afghans, bed spreads and other things made for her grandchildren, daughters-in law and friends.

Virginia loved her children to the ultimate degree and managed to spoil them all, while at the same time firmly believing in the adage, spare the rod-spoil the child. She took care of discipline with a switch, fly swatter, or whatever was handy. Truly, it can be said of Virginia that it did hurt her more than the kids she disciplined.


In addition to her children, surviving her are grandchildren Kevin and Matthew Mitchell, Dustin Hinds, and Daniel, Mark, Scott, and Amy Mathis. Great grandchildren are Mitchells, Luke, Carley Jane, Henry and Milo, Nolan Hinds, and Katelyn, Anna, Ella and Kenneth Mathis. Virginia will be missed by many including Marie Taylor, her surviving roommate at the Care Center.

Virginia was a faithful Christian. She was baptized at Foote Street in 1957 where she attended for many years. Later, she attended Meeks Street until she became unable. McPeter's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will begin Tuesday at 11:30 AM until service time at 1:00 PM. Chuck Richardson from Central Arkansas, formerly of Meeks Street Church of Christ in Corinth, will conduct the service. Burial will be in City Cemetery in Corinth.

Arrangements under the direction of McPeters Funeral Directors, Corinth, MS.