James "Jim" Mathena

Charleston, WV

James "Jim" Mathena

James Edward “Jim” Mathena, age 87 of Charleston passed away Tuesday February 23, 2021 at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Jim was a charter member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where he loved helping trim and maintain the rose bushes for many years. He retired from Union Carbide Tech Center as a lab technician.  He graduated from South Charleston High School, Class of 1951.

As an auto enthusiast and race fan, Jim was especially fond of the ’57 Chevy and NASCAR.  He also enjoyed gardening and playing a variety of card games with his family. His faith in the Lord was strong. The Christian community around him will miss him dearly.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, of 69 years, Joyce; daughters, Patti Hickman (Phil) and Brenda Rader (Steve) all of South Charleston; Don Mathena (Gail) of Winston-Salem, NC; Grandchildren, Brian & Joe Hickman, Heather Rhea, Candace Talley & Stephen Rader; great grandchildren, Zach & Luke Hickman, and Hendrix Rader.

A private service to honor Jim’s life was held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with graveside services following in Sunset Memorial Park.

The family wishes donations be made in Jim’s memory to Catholic Charities or Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 305 E St. South Charleston, WV 25303.

Friends may share condolences at our website

Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the family with these arrangements.

4 replies
  1. Denise R Neely says:

    We love and will certainly miss Uncle Jimmy. We are glad we got to spend so much time with him over the last several years as he came to visit Carolyn with Joyce each week. So glad that we know where he is, and that we will see him again some day. Rejoicing that he got to see Jesus face to face!

    We love you, Denise and Craig

  2. Monica Price says:

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing . Keeping Joyce and the family in our thoughts and prayers. Roy and Monica Price

  3. Brenda Rader says:

    My dad was the coolest. When we would go on vacations he would ask me to take the wheel while he looked at the map.I would be so excited when he would ask me. He is cooler than James Dean and Steve McQueen.

  4. Moses Zegeer says:

    Jim and I were great friends in our youth. No one could have been a better mentor and protector. He was a very good man in his youth and from comments was a good man throughout his life. Moses Zegeer whom he would have called a”Junior”.

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