Mr. Owen Mathis, age 69 of Shelbyville, died early last Wednesday morning at his home after an extended illness.

Funeral services were held last Friday at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Reverend Steve Murphree officiated with burial that followed in Willow Mount Cemetery.

A native of Liberty, Tenn., he was the son of Gracie Owens Mathis of Liberty, and the late Artie Mathis. He was retired from Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency having been based in Bedford and Marshall counties. He retired in 1987 following a thirty year career, reaching the position of Assistant Supervisor at the time of his retirement in Area 23. He served in the US Army and was stationed in the Marshall Islands. He was with the Atomic Energy Commission in the proving grounds. He was a member of the VFW and Cave Springs Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 45 years, Perrie Jane Curtis Mathis of Shelbyville; a son, Pat Mathis of Shelbyville; two sisters, Juanita Hale and Carolyn Jewel Mathis both of Liberty; a granddaughter, Christina Mathis of Shelbyville; a step granddaughter, Lisa Cook of Shelbyville; a great granddaughter, Brianna Mathis.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Highland Rim.