Mr. Jerry Norman “Lum” Mathews, 71, of Fairmount, Georgia, departed this life Saturday, December 1, 2018, at his home. Jerry was born September 23, 1947, in Pickens County, Georgia, a son of the late Homer Lonis and Geraldine Guyndelin Hightower Mathews. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Verlene Moore Mathews; his grandparents, Henry W. and Angie Dean Hightower and Harrison and Ola Higdon Mathews; an infant brother; and a brother, Charles Kenneth “Rosey” Mathews.
Jerry was a 1965 graduate of Fairmount High School. He obtained an associate’s degree from Rinehart College. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked many years in the carpet industry and retired as a supervisor with Mohawk Industries.
Jerry loves to sing, play the guitar and karaoke.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Casey and Tiffany Mathews of Cohutta, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberley and Jeffery Smith of Ranger, GA; grandchildren, Sarah Smith, Savannah Mathews, Emily Mathews, Madelyn Mathews and Lydia Mathews; the mother of his children, Brenda Gail West of Ranger, GA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald “Goat” and Deborah Mathews of Ludville, GA, Randy Joe “Boo Boo” and Cheryle Mathews of Fairmount, GA, James “Flute” and Patricia Mathews of Cartersville, GA, Tim “Waldo” and Teresa Mathews of Calhoun, GA, Gene “Bull” and Sherry Mathews of Jasper, GA, Ann Mathews of Plainville, GA; sisters and brother-in-law, Sybil and Steve Crider, Sandra and David Burch all of Fairmount, GA, Gail and Randy Burch of Calhoun, GA, Karen and Tony Cannon of Plainville, GA; several nieces and nephews.
Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Jerry Norman “Lum” Mathews will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Ponders Fairmount Chapel with Reverend Reggie Temples officiating. He will be laid to rest at Sunset Memory Gardens in Cartersville, Georgia, with his nephews serving as pallbearers.
The family received friends at Ponders Fairmount Chapel from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday and will receive after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday until the service hour.
Arrangements by Ponders Fairmount Chapel, 2566 Hwy 411, Fairmount, Georgia. 706-337-3784.