Norma Jean Mercer Mathis, 79, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Cotton Grove Estate under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A resident of Jesup for the past fifty-three years, Norma was born on February 27, 1941 in Waycross, Georgia to the late David Floyd Mercer, Sr. and Veatrice Fales Mercer. She was a telephone operator by trade who worked for Bellsouth and later AT&T from which she retired. Never one to sit around, Norma had several part time jobs after retirement, including positions at K-Mart and DMI. She was a long time member of Altamaha Baptist Church and enjoyed collecting Light Houses and Bird Houses in her spare time. Norma loved her family more than anything and she always made a point to enjoy the simple things in life like sitting on the porch at her house on Cherokee Lake watching the birds, spending time with the ones she loved the most.
In addition to her parents, her husband, Donnie H. Mathis; and her brother, David Floyd Mercer, Jr. both preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Dana Mathis of Jesup; grandson, Brant Mathis Anderson of Jesup and two great grandchildren, Axl Mathis Anderson and Ace Lee Anderson; sister, Gloria “Ruth” Rollins of Waycross; brothers, Wayne Mercer and wife, Laura of Waycross and Larry Mercer of Waycross and adopted daughter, Amy Smith of Jesup. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members also survive.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2021 in Odum City Cemetery with Reverends Stanley Todd and Fred Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends after the services at the cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff members of Cotton Grove Estate and the staff of Hospice of South Georgia. A special thanks is extended to each of these kind hearted and loving individuals, for the loving care they provided to Norma during her final days.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice of South Georgia, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA 31545 or Fair Haven Domestic Violence Shelter, P.O. Box 1153, Jesup, GA 31598.