Ella Mathias

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of White-Ranson Funeral Home. Brother Jerry Leggett will officiate. Entombment will follow at Obion County Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Edward Blizzard, David Moseley, Leroy Perryman, Charles Whitby, Bobby Whitby and Jerry Williams
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Second Baptist Church Trailblazers Sunday School Class.
The family will receive friends at White-Ranson Funeral Home Friday from 6-9 p.m.
Ella was born to the late George Lehman and Whrena (Harris) Lehman, on July 23, 1921, in Portland. She attended school at Orlinda High School in Robertson County and married the late Carnell Mathias in June 1938. Carnell passed away Jan. 6, 1993.  
Carnell and Ella moved to Obion County and purchased Obion County Memorial Gardens in 1957, where Ella served as secretary until 1993. Ella was also a partner in the Mathias strawberry farm from 1966 to 1995. Ella loved to travel and took numerous trips with her husband during her lifetime, including trips to the Middle East (Holy Land), Asia, Europe, Hawaii and annual trips to Clearwater, Fla.
Ella was an active member of Second Baptist Church since 1957, where she had taught eighth-grade girls Sunday school and served in other capacities in the church. She had been a member of the Order of Eastern Star since 1955, serving as a past Worthy Matron of Union City Chapter 165. She also served as Grand Ester for the Tennessee Grand Chapter in 1973. In recent years. Ella served as a regular volunteer at Helping Hands Ministry and at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City until moving to Cullman in 2012 to reside with her son.  
Ella is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth R. and Cissie Mathias of Cullman; three grandchildren and their spouses, Melanie (Mathias) and Edward Blizzard of Memphis, Christye (Mathias) and David Moseley of Lexington, S.C., and Dr. Derrick Kenneth Mathias of Baltimore. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Andrew David Moseley and Parker Mathias Moseley, both of Lexington, S.C.; her brother and sister-in-law, Larry E. and Joyce Lehman of Portland; and her sister-in-law, Clarise Lehman of Portland.
Ella was preceded in death by her husband, Carnell Mathias; and her brother, George H. Lehman.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.

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