Perry County’s longtime education leader dies

NEW AUGUSTA, Miss. (WDAM) – A man who helped shape the Perry County School District for six decades has died.

A Facebook post on the Perry County School District website by Superintendent Titus M. Hines originally announced the death of Glennwood Mathis.

Mathis died on Tuesday. He was 88 years old.

“We have truly lost a pillar in this community,” Hines wrote.

Mathis has served as a teacher, coach, administrator, superintendent, and finally, school board member, in the Perry County school system.

Mathis began his career in 1962 as a teacher, Hines said in a Friday afternoon phone call.

“From what I know of him, he taught, he coached, he administered,” Hines said. “He basically served multiple generations.”

And clearly, Mathis was respected and loved by those he served.

“He touched many lives,” Hines said. “Everyone knew him.”

Hines said Mathis first retired in 1987, stepping down as superintendent after leading the consolidation of county schools to create the current Perry County School District.

He returned a few years later, taking a part-time position as the district’s director of special education.

Mathis left the district in 2009 before being named to fill a vacancy on the Perry County School District Board of Trustees in 2013.

After serving that term, Mathis ran and won races twice to stay on as a board member.

It was during his second term that Mathis’ health failed him.

Hines’ post on Wednesday offered a poignant portrait of the man:

“We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Board Member Mr. Glennwood Mathis. This will surely leave a void within our community and our District.

“Mr. Mathis gave his all to this District since its inception and remained faithful to it until its disappearance.

“Words cannot express his dedication to Perry County.

“His whole heart was with us even after his failing health; he continued to make his way with the help of his devoted wife.

“It did not go unnoticed and his memory will forever be etched in the hearts of all of us.

“We have really lost a pillar in this community.

“We ask for your prayers for his family and our district as we navigate these difficult days ahead,

“We will post the arrangements as soon as they are complete.”

Visiting hours are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Beaumont. The service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at Beaumont First Baptist Church with interment to follow at Beaumont Cemetery.

Jones and Son Funeral Home-Richton is making arrangements.

Want more WDAM 7 news delivered to your inbox? Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.