James Frederick Matheson
OCTOBER 15, 1938 – SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
Memorial for Jim Matheson
Speaker 1: Jannie Matheson Gerds
Hymn: “Ode to Joy”
Speaker 2: Ryan Matheson
Speaker 3: Jay Matheson
Hymn: “In the Garden” sung by Jim and his Nemec cousins
Speaker 4: Joe Thompson
Speaker 5: Bill Kelley
Speaker 6: Ron Price
Song: “I Will Always Love You”
Speaker 7: Dave Tomberg
Speaker 8: Bud Rossomme
Closing hymn: “Hallelujah Chorus”
Slideshow post service
Jim was known by many names: Husband. Father. Granddaddy. Cousin. In-law. Outlaw. Friend. Businessman. Fisherman. Artist. Christian. Guide. Traveler. Bee keeper. Patriot. Sage. Orchid master. Handyman. Confidant. Bon vivant. But none are complete without the word “Beloved.” Jim’s kindness, generosity, and humor drew people to him. They trusted his intelligence and his open heart, universally loving him in return. He lived a full and splendid life.
Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, to a loving Christian family, Jim’s youth was a Huck Finn story and teen years at Palm Beach High were straight out of Happy Days. His freshman year at Emory, he met the love of his life, Jean. Together, they graduated from the University of Georgia then married in 1961. After moving back to his hometown, Jim was a State Farm Insurance agent for 42 years. They have two children, James Frederick Matheson Jr. (Jay) and Janet Matheson Gerds (husband Rob.) Jim delighted in his 3 grandchildren, Ryan, Sean, and Laura Matheson. He captured them with his love, humor, stories, and fishing advice.
He is survived by 7 loving cousins: DeeDee, Mary, Ruthie, Francie, Gale, Debi, and Joy as well as two loving sisters-in-law, Janet and Jane, 4 nieces and nephews, and friends too numerous to count.
His funeral will be on Saturday, September 26 at 11:00 a.m. EST and can be viewed online at: impactfulmedia.com/JimMatheson
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust at cst.dav.org.
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