The memorial service for Harold Mathis will be held
this Saturday, September 25, at 2:00 p.m. at Christ the King Church.
Per Harold’s wishes, worshipers are asked to wear masks and social distance.
If you are unable to join us, there will be a Livestream of the service which can be viewed here on our YouTube page.
Harold Mathis Jr. was born on February 10, 1940, in Galveston, Texas to Harold Mathis Sr. and Helen Palliser Mathis. He was a proud “B.O.I.” (Born on the Island) who loved to tell stories about his Galveston heritage and local Galveston characters. He graduated from Ball High School in Galveston and received his undergraduate degree at Texas Lutheran University and his graduate degree from The University of Texas Business School. He married the love of his life, Peggy Miller on June 26, 1971, and they were married for 50 years. A born entrepreneur, he founded and ran Central Gulf Marine for over three decades. He was a shrewd investor who liked to say that he “first bought Compaq stock back when he had to spell the name for his broker.” He was a fierce advocate for shareholder rights and good corporate governance, speaking at shareholder meetings across the country and instigating reforms at major Fortune 500 companies. Harold was the proverbial “jack of all trades” around the house who believed he could fix anything and always said, “If you take good care of something, it will last your whole life.” He was his family’s handyman, yardman, electrician, plumber, and mechanic, as well as an amateur inventor who held several patents. Harold and Peggy joined Christ the King Lutheran Church where he served as an usher and on the food ministry. He served on various boards at Texas Lutheran University as well as the Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest. Harold served on the board of directors at First National Bank of Missouri City and was a longtime member of the Richmond Rotary Club. He became a grandfather later in life, and his grandchildren were the light of his life. He especially loved playing with his electric train set with his grandson Pierce. He was considered a fair and honest man by all who knew him, and he was dependable to the core. Harold is survived by his wife Peggy Mathis, his sons Ben Mathis and Kris Mathis, his grandson Pierce Mathis, and his granddaughters Charlotte Mathis and Asha Mathis.