Obituary for Mother Josie Mae Jones Mattis
Therefore, we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Mother Josie Mae Mattis is a native of Savannah. She was born to the late Dea. & Sis. Willie (Alma) Jones on July 1, 1930. She grew up on Lady’s Island, South Carolina with her younger brother, Thomas, under the care of her grandmother, the late Sis. Mariah Snipes. At the age of twelve, she returned to Savannah to live with her mother.
Mother Mattis is a 1951 graduate of A. E. Beach High School and was taught playing the piano by the late Sis. Emma Bing and the late Bro. Peter Smalls.
She married Dea. William Mattis on January 1, 1951 and from this union, a daughter, Almeta was born. They both preceded her in death.
At the age of fifteen, Mother Mattis had her first job of playing the piano at Second Arnold Baptist Church and Israelite Baptist Church. In the past years, she was the pianist for Chapelle Memorial A.M.E. Church, Columbia, S.C., Mt. Herman Baptist Church, White Bluff, Second Ebenezer Baptist Church Senior Choir. She was also employed by Speed and Smart Funeral Home (now Adams Funeral Services, Inc.), Interim pianist for Bynes-Royall Funeral Home, and the Berean Association Chorus.
Mother Mattis worked in several capacities around Second Arnold including Sunday School teacher, President of the Deacon and Deacons’ wives Ministry; Treasurer for the Baptist Training Union, member of the Senior Mission, Pastor’s Aide (now the Golden Charity Circle) and the Sarah Frazier Sisterhood.
During the Candlelight Communion on December 7, 2003, Pastor Hall announced the four church mothers and Mother Josie M. Mattis was one of the four. The Consecration Service was held on April 25, 2004.
Amidst the quiet peace and tranquility that prevailed during the afternoon of Friday, October 22, 2021, the Lord was ready for His beloved to come home, so he gave her wings to fly away to be at rest.
She is survived by three nieces, Mrs. Cathleen Daniels of Savannah, Ga., Linda Hogue and Marilyn Jones, of Columbus, Ga. One nephew, Rodney Jones of Dallas, Tx. Host of great-nieces, great- nephews, cousins and other relatives.