Garland Eugene Mathis, Jr.

September 23, 1950 - January 14, 2024

09/23/1950 - 01/14/2024

Garland Eugene Mathis, Jr., best known as “Gene”, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, passed away on January 14, 2024, in Norfolk, Virginia. Born in Monticello, Arkansas, Gene lived a fulfilling life filled with hard work, cherished relationships, and a deep love for the outdoors.
Gene dedicated his entire life to the construction industry, where his commitment and expertise were evident in every project he undertook.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Gene found solace and joy in nature. An avid hunter, he relished the tranquility of the woods and the thrill of the chase. He also had a fondness for picking crabs, a pastime that brought him immense pleasure. And as he enjoyed these activities, a cold Budweiser in hand was always a welcomed companion.
He was preceded in death by his parents Garland Eugene Mathis Sr and Clydean Mathis Carpenter. Exactly one year prior to his passing, Gene said goodbye to his loving wife of 50 years, Sandra. He missed her terribly until his very last day.
Gene is survived by his daughters, Robin Peskopos, Joyce Rosenbaum (William) and Jennifer Williamson (Michael). He also leaves behind his siblings, Peggy Densmore (Russell), Jimmy Mathis (Doris), Donna Majors (Mark) and George Carpenter. His brother in-laws, William Harrison, Jimmy Harrison (Edna), John Harrison (Mary Anne) and Pat Harrison.
Gene’s grandchildren, Rusty, Andrew, and Alex Peskopos held a special place in his heart. Their presence brought him immeasurable joy and happiness. Additionally, he was blessed with eight great-grandchildren, who brought light and laughter into his life. Garland also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends, all of whom will forever cherish the memories they shared with him.
In the wake of Gene’s passing, his absence will be deeply felt by all who knew him.
May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memory be a source of comfort and strength for all who mourn his loss.

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1 month ago

I learned a lot from Gene, Always called to check on him and to make sure that him and his family was okay. I’m gonna always remember when he would always go off on someone that wasn’t doing the task right and the times he made me laugh a lot of memories with him being my supervisor. Will always be missed and always in my thoughts. Rip Gene . Never forgotten


Rusty Peskopos
1 month ago

Gene was as solid as you get, I am blessed to have some great memories to share with my sons about our waterskiing adventures, we had a blast…

Jean Ford
1 month ago

Gene was a wonderful neighbor and friend. He was always willing to help. He knew how to do everything. He will be greatly missed but I know he is happy to be back with Sandy.

Doris Lighthart
1 month ago

Will be missed