Mrs.Carrie Will Johnson was born January 14, 1914, to the union of Georgia Tift Johnson and Will
Johnson (both deceased) in Albany Georgia.
She received her elementary education in the public schools of Albany and Waycross Ga.
where the family had moved before the passing of her mother. High school was attended at
Stanford High in Jacksonville Fla. She later returned to the Albany area. In continuing pursuit of
knowledge, she attended adult classes at Monroe High School and Albany State College. She
received a GED diploma from Georgia Southwestern College in Americus Ga.
She was married to James Curtis (JC) Mathis (deceased) and to this union three girls were
born, Bernice (Motley) deceased, Mildred (Lattimore), and Lilloise (Talley). Her devotion as a
mother was unquestioned.
After retirement, she took piano lessons from Ms. Kelly at the same time her dgt. Lilloise
was taking lessons.
Mrs. Mathis was an Insurance Agent for the Afro American Insurance Company for a number of
years and retired from the Marine Base (Albany GA) after 30 years of service where she received
various awards and commendations for outstanding services. She was asked to take training for a
supervisory position, but chose instead to retire in a manager’s position.
She was an active participant in the community and church and served as president of the
Monroe High School PTA for 6 consecutive years while Mildred and Lilloise were in school;
volunteered for Dougherty County Family and Children Services providing transportation when
called upon. Also, a past member of #128 Order of Eastern star; national and local associations of
Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).
Mrs. Mathis joined Third Kiokee Church in 1944 under the Pastorate of Rev. E.R. Riley
where she served in numerous capacities including - Sunday School Teacher; Church Secretary,
Secretary of Adult five Class. She has been Musician for Sunday School, Vacation Bible School
and District Sunday School Convention. She joined the Senior Choir in1947 and for a time served
as Vice President, Choristers and assistant Choristers. She served as General Mission President
and Secretary; and a dedicated, committed member of the Young Matrons’ Association (now
Young Women in Action – (YWA); the Eveready Club and past Chaplin of The Singles Club. A
heartfelt joy and privilege was her induction into the initial class of the 90 Plus Club: Third
Kiokee’s Precious Gems who are 90 years and older. She even compiled the Church’s
Newsletter, The Kiokee Review several years.
Mrs. Mathis was well known in her church community as she made time for persons who
needed someone to listen. It was known that you knew exactly what she was thinking when she
spoke. Her love of flowers was great and she always had a flower garden when she was able to
work it. Later she satisfied this love by keeping potted plants. Playing the piano was her form of
meditation. Life long learning was a continuous goal as she was a voracious reader and enjoyed
working crossword puzzles from the daily newspaper. She declared that Wheel of Fortune and
Jeopardy were her favorite entertainment TV programs.
She leaves to cherish her memory daughters, Mildred Lattimore, Lilloise Talley; grand
children Earl Johnson, Sr. (Johnnye), Vincent Lee Motley, William Talley, Jr., Kenneth Talley
(Michel), Georgette York (Dennis), Antoinette Douglas, Oscar Lattimore (deceased); great grands,
Dexter Brown (Pattye), Keesha Wynn (Eldridge), Earl Johnson, Jr. (Johnna), Vanessa Johnson,
Victor Motley (Brie), Vincent A. Motley, NeDiedra Motley, Shakierra Abrams, Floyd Harrison,
Jessica Carpenter, Angelique Douglas, Clifton Douglas, Jordan Talley; ( ) great great grands; ( )
Great, Great, Great grands and many friends and admirers.