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Ater a short illness of pneumonia, Mrs. Cynthia Mathis, beloved companion of Rev. J. A. Mathis, died at her home a few miles northwest of Buffalo at 4:00 a. m. Sunday, March 2., 1919.

Decedent, daughter of Wm. W. Watkins and wife was born in Kentucky March 5, 1842. At the age of four years she came with the family to Dallas county where she had since resided. In 1860 she was married to Wm. Smith to which union two children were born and who survive, viz : Mesdames. John Holden and Link Smith both of Prosperity, Mo. Mr Smith joined the union forces when the Great Rebellion started and was killed at Pumpkin Bend fight in Arkansas. His brother-in-law, John W. Watkins now of Buffalo, was in that battle but did not see Mr. Smith after he was shot.

May 5, 1867, she was married to James A. Mathis who served as a member of Co. I, 16th, Cavalry. To this union nine children were born, seven of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Mary Starr, Mrs. Sarah Scott, Mrs. Drucy McHenry, and Dick, Sam and Frank of Buffalo, and Chas. of Newton Kans. All were present during her last sickness.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. C. Cheek at Reynolds Chapel, where she had long been a faithful member, at 11:00 a. m. Monday.

Buffalo Relex January 26, 1922


Eld. J. A. Mathis died at his home west of Buffalo Thursday, January 19th, 1922, at 5:30 p. m. and was buried at the Reynolds Chapel cemetery Friday at 2:30 p. m.

Eld. U. T. Cheek conducted the funeral services and a large crowd, considering the bad weather, was present.

He was 74 years, 10 months and 3 days old and had been in failing health for a long time.

The bereaved family have the sympathy of their many friends.

Buffalo Reflex October 18, 1923


Word has been received by relatives and friends here that Mrs. Henry Scott died in California, Saturday of last week, October 13.

We understand she took sick the same day she and husband and other relatives arrived at the home of her son James, and was unconscious for about two weeks till her death. She has been in poor health for some time and it was partly for her health that the trip West was made. It is exceedingly sad that she should be taken thus and her many friends in this county will regret to know of her decease.

Mr. Scott and others started back with the remains Tuesday of this week.

Buffalo Reflex October 25, 1923


The funeral of Mrs. Henry Scott (nee Mathis) who died recently in California, was held at Reynolds Chapel Sunday afternoon with Revs. J. E. Rains and J. W. Bays officiating. A very large crowd attended and did honor to the memory of this good woman.

She took sick soon after reaching California a few weeks ago. Chronic Brights disease is given as the cause of her death.

The companion; two daughters, Mesdames Otis Jarman of Bolivar, and Mrs. Fred Flanagin of California; and a son, James Scott, also of California, with numerous other relatives and friends survive.

The Reflex joins in extending sympathy to the bereaved.

Buffalo Reflex July 16, 1925


Mrs. Mary E. Starr passed away to the great beyond at her home in Buffalo. Thursday, July 9 at the age of 54 years, 3 months, and 12 days. Death was caused by a carbuncle on the back of her neck. Rev. John Alderson conducted funeral services at Reynolds Chapel church, of which she was a member the following day, July 10, where interment followed. Deceased was a daughter of the late Rev. James Mathis, and was a native of Dallas county.

Buffalo Reflex, Thursday, October 11, 1934


Drucilla Cytha Mathis, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Mathis. was born near Buffalo, Dallas County, Mo., Aug. 17, 1883 and departed this life Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9, 1934, at 2:30 o'clock at the age of 51 years, 1 month and 21 days, at the family home in Buffalo. At the age of 14 she professed a hope in Christ and united with Reynolds Chapel Baptist church, where she lived a faithful member until death.

On Dec. 22, 1904, she married to William P. McHenry, and to this union seven children were born. They are James Wesley of the home, Ray Franklin of Lemon Cove, Calif., Cytha Glenn, Howard Samuel, Mable Lorene, Claude Wayne, and Roy Cecil, all of the home, and one granddaughter, Peggie Jean, of Lemon Cove, Calif. She also leaves four brothers, J. W. and C. L. of Webb City and Prosperity, Mo., I. S. Mathis of Buffalo, and F. L. Mathis of Lemon Cove, Calif., and one half sister Precilla Smith of Webb City, Mo., and a host of other relatives and friends. She had been confined to her bed for the past seven months, and had borne her suffering with much patience. But through it all she never lost faith in her Redeemer, and like the Apostle Paul she could say, " I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day."

Rev. J. C. Pinkley conducted funeral services at Reynolds chapel Wednesday afternoon and burial followed there under direction of L. B. Jones.

Buffalo Reflex, Thursday, January 23, 1936


Lillie Bernie Johnston was born January 25, 1882, at Buffalo, Mo. and died at her home northwest of Buffalo January 16, 1936, at the age of 53 years, 11 months and 21 days.

December 14, 1898, she was married to I. S. Mathis. To this union were born two children, Mrs. Jewel B. Holloway, wife of V. L. Holloway, Louisburg, Mo. and Ivor Johnston Mathis, Fullerton, Calif. She was the only daughter of Geo. W. and Frances Johnston. In her passing she leaves her companion, two children, mother, two brothers: O. E. Johnston, Fullerton, Calif., Ray Johnston, Buffalo, Mo.; two grandchildren: Nadine and Irene Holloway of Louisburg, Mo. and many relatives and friends.

In a meeting conducted by Rev. J. L. Leonard she was converted and on January 7, 1894, united with Reynolds Chapel Baptist church, being 12 years of age. Mrs. Mathis was a faithful member and untiring worker, willing to do anything she could to help in any way she could. She was a teacher, a good leader in singing, a good organist, and a member of a quartet composed of Sisters Mathis, McKee, and J. L. Fullerton and J. F. Fullerton together twenty-three years. Also a member of the Women's Aid, a true helper at all times.

She has been ill the past few years and suffered very much but with all meekness and patience.

Funeral services were conducted at Reynolds Chapel Friday, January 17, at 2:00PM by Rev. J. L. Leonard. Burial followed there under direction of L. B. Jones.

Buffalo Reflex, Thursday, November 18, 1954


Ira Samuel Mathis, son of Rev. James A. and Cythie Watkins Mathis was born November 16, 1878 northwest of Buffalo and passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jewel Holloway, 3309 Bellefontaine, Kansas City, Missouri, November 9, 1954 at 2:00 P. M. being 75 years, 11 months and 21 days of age.

He was married to Bernice Johnston, December 14, 1898 and to this union two children were born. Jewel B. Holloway, Kansas City, Missouri and Ivor J. Mathis 3705 West 104th Street, Inglewood, California. He leaves the two children and their companions, three grandchildren, Nadine Whitehead, Glendale, California ; Irene Harrold, Jefferson City, Missouri and Michael Mathis, Inglewood, California and two great grandsons, Bob and Dean Baker, Glendale, California. He also leaves two brothers, Dick Mathis, Buffalo, Missouri and Frank Mathis, Woodlake, California, several nephews, nieces and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, father, mother, two brothers, four sisters and two half sisters.

In a revival meeting held by Rev. J. L. Leonard, he was converted and united with Reynolds Chapel Church. That remained his church home through the years and he always enjoyed church and Sunday School.

After the death of his wife he spent the greater part of time in California with Ivor and family and his grandson, Michael was his pal and such a lot of comfort. In April he came to Kansas City for a visit with his daughter and family. Three weeks later he had a stroke and his health continued to fail although he wasn't confined to his bed until the 11th day of September. He suffered much pain and often spoke of wanting to go home but was so kind and patient through it all.

Sam, as he was known to his friends enjoyed talking and visiting and he enjoyed having company in his home. He was a good Christian man, honest in his dealings with his fellowman and a good neighbor, friend and a wonderful father.

Services held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 11, 1954 at Reynolds Chapel. Minister Elder Wayne Lemons. Burial in Reynolds Church under the direction of the L. B. Jones and Son Funeral Home.


James W. (Dick) Mathis oldest son of Elder James A. and Cynthia (Watkins) Mathis was born on March 27, 1874 in Dallas County in the Reynolds community and passed away in Springfield Baptist Hospital on Friday, October 24, 1958 at 11:00 a. m. He was 84 years, 6 months and 24 days of age.

He was united in marriage to Ida C. Stinecipher on July 3, 1896. To this union was born two daughters, Mrs. Lena A. Norman of Buffalo, Mo. and Mrs. Stanley Morgan of St. Louis, Mo. who survive him also. He leaves three grandchildren, Dewey Arcloe Dotson of St. Louis, Mo, Ida Mae Norman of Buffalo, Mo, and Mrs. Lawrence Welker of Springfield, Mo, and 5 great-grandchildren: Dewey Alan, Gary Lee and Donna Ann Dotson and Linda Kay and David Lynn Welker, also one brother, Frank L. Mathis of Wood Lake, California, a brother-in-law, Will McHenry of Buffalo and several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

His father, mother, three brothere, four sisters and two half sisters preceded him in death.

He was converted and joined the Reynolds Chapel Baptist Church in January 1915 in a revival being held by Brothers Billie Cheek and Joe Powell.

Dick as he was known spent all his life near Buffalo except 25 years which he spent in Webb City and while there he was united in marriage to Stella Bullis in 1919. He was taking care of sick people before leaving Webb City. He has made his home the past 11 years with his daughter, Mrs. Jess Norman of the Reynolds community. He has been in failing health for the past three years, but he enjoyed visiting with his friends and loved ones, and will be greatly missed by his loved ones, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 26, 1958 at 2:00 p.m. in the Reynolds Chapel Church with Elders J. C. Pinkley and Lee Howard officiating. Interment was in the Reynolds cemetery under direction of the Montgomery Funeral Home.

Visalia Times Delta, May 15, 1959

Frank L. Mathis, 78 died last night in a local hospital. Mr. Mathis made his home at 199 S. Palm St., Woodlake. A native of Buffalo, Mo., he was educated there. He was married to his wife, Elizabeth, in Buffalo in 1909. They made their home in Buffalo, until moving to Tulare Co., in 1934, settling in the Lemon Cove district. He had lived in Woodlake for the last 16 years. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and the Modern Woodman of America. In addition to his widow, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Smart of Woodlake, and Mrs. Pearl Squire of Buffalo, Mo.; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be announced by the Brooks Funeral Home in Woodlake.

Contributed by Gary Dotson.

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