Rev. J.L. Mathis, 89, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2009 at Evergreen Nursing & Rehab at 8:15 a.m.


Mathis was a retired Southern Baptist minister and member of the First Baptist Church of Louisville. He was born Sept. 20, 1919 in Eldorado, Ill. To Thomas Eddy and Mary Melvina (Jones) Mathis. On Aug. 29, 1943 he married Delia Claudean Downing in Alton, Ill., she survives


Rev. J.L. Mathis, 89, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2009 at Evergreen Nursing & Rehab at 8:15 a.m.

Mathis was a retired Southern Baptist minister and member of the First Baptist Church of Louisville. He was born Sept. 20, 1919 in Eldorado, Ill. To Thomas Eddy and Mary Melvina (Jones) Mathis. On Aug. 29, 1943 he married Delia Claudean Downing in Alton, Ill., she survives.

After being called into the ministry in 1943 and during the 60 year span, the churches that J.L. served as pastor are the following: First Baptist Church in Hurst, Pleasant Grove and Pleasant Ridge in the Clear Creek Association, Long Branch of rural Galatia, First Baptist Church of Coulterville, Cross Baptist Church of rural Pinckneyville, Watson Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of South Elgin, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church of Rochelle, First Baptist Church of Peru, and Calvary Baptist Church in Morris until his retirement. He was also a member of the Illinois Baptist State Association.

Other survivors include sons Tom Mathis and wife Sharon, of Louisville and Jim Mathis of Streator, daughter Maretta Mathis, of Louisville, brother Noal Mathis, of Eldorado, Ill. And grandsons Josh and Tim Mathis, of Louisville.

He was preceded in death infant daughter Ladonna, three brothers Ray, Hiram and Thomas Mathis and two sisters Nadine Gardner and Laverne Franklin.

Funeral services for Rev. Mathis will be Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the First Baptist Church in Louisville with the Rev. Van McQueen and Rev. Bill Dean officiating. Burial will follow at the Orchard Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

Visitation will preceded the funeral from 10 a.m. Until service time.

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Louisville.

The Frank & Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An online guest book is avaliable at www.frankandbright.com.