James "Gus" Mathis, 80, went home to be with his Savior on Thursday, April 24, 2014. He was of the Church of God faith and a Veteran of the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his father, Ira Belle Mathis; mother, Mary Dickson; and sister, Lula Thompson. Survivors include his wife, Anna Bell Layne Mathis; daughters, Theresa Ann Bennett and Melissa Ann Mathis; stepsons, Willie (Pam) Branan Jr., Clifford (Brenda) Branan and Larry (Diane) Branan; sisters, Mary Bell Mays and Emma Lucile Treadway; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. CDT Sunday, April 27, 2014, in the funeral home chapel with Brother James Dunn officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-8 CDT p.m. today.