Joyce Virginia "Gin" Mathis

Wednesday, December 11, 1940 - Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A Loving and Kind Lady

Photo of Joyce  Virginia "Gin" Mathis  - 1940-2019

Waynesville-Joyce Virginia “Gin” Smith Mathis, age 78, was carried to her eternal  heavenly home by the angels on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

"Gin" as she was affectionately called by her family, was born in the winter season of December 11, 1940 to the late Claude Smith and the late Inez Inman Smith. She had made her home in Haywood County all of her life and she was blessed to be surrounded by a large loving family that filled Gin’s life with joy, happiness and blessings each and every day.  To know Gin was to love her. For more than 40 years she had been employed at several nursing facilities throughout Haywood County and Buncombe County. She was a ray of sunshine to the many patients and staff members that she worked with every day throughout her career. Mrs. Mathis was a member of Rocky Face Baptist Church, where she gave her life to her Lord and Savior many years ago. Gin always made everyone feel welcome to her home and she was indeed an amazing cook !  She loved her family deeply and her kind and giving spirit will be treasured forever.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Frankie Mathis; her sisters, Cora Mae Smith, Barbara “Bob” Henson and Mary Alice Smith and a brother, David Smith

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Thomas “Tommy” E. Mathis of Waynesville ; a son, Gene Mathis of Waynesville; grandchildren, Hanna Mathis of Waynesville and Kassi Rose of Canton;  a great-grandson, Jaxon Mathis ; a brother, Harry Lee Smith( Sue) of Canton, Mike Smith (Becky) of Canton and a sister, Vickie Smith of Canton; She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and  great-nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 4:00 pm Monday, September 16, 2019 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Reverend Donnie Henson will be officiating.   Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.  

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Mathis family.

Condolences from family and friends

Our love and sympathy go out to the family. She was one of our classmates at Bethel High School and graduated in 1959. I talked with her quite a lot about our reunions and she seemed like she was always smiling. The Graduating Class of Bethel High School 1959.
Anne Mathews
All my deepest sympathies to all the family. Gin was such a kind hearted lady... God hold you all in his arms and comfort you...
Deborah Phillips
Gin was a very special lady who I had the privilege of working with for many years. She always put others first, was gentle, kind and loving to all. She holds a special place in my heart and in my many memories of those days we worked together. May we all try to be a little more like Gin, and the world will be better for it. We may have lost a friend, but Heaven has welcomed an angel.
Rita VanNuys
RIP cuz
Rob Brigman
May God's peace be with all the family of Mrs. Mathis
Pam Ledford
My condolences go out to the family. So sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort during this time.
Traci Yates Rogers
Remember Gin from school. Always sweet and friendly. Love and Prayers for the family.
Ruby Crumpler