Danny Lee Mathis


Danny Lee Mathis, age 76, of the Totty’s Bend community in Hickman County, passed away on May 14, 2023, at his home in Duck River, Tennessee. Danny was born on April 10, 1947, in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Grady and Mamie Coleman Mathis. Danny is preceded in death by his sisters Betty Lou Orton, Georgia Heffington, Celia Yates and brother Billy Mathis.

Danny grew up in Totty’s Bend on the family farm. He called Totty’s Bend “The Hub of The World”. Danny graduated from Hickman County High School in 1965. A few years later he joined the U.S. Army from January 22, 1969 until October 7, 1970. After his discharge from the Army Danny worked at Tencon until the plant moved to east Tennessee in 1993. He was there for 25 years. Danny then worked as a trucking broker for the remainder of his career. He often answered the phone “dispatch” to other truckers carrying loads and ended with his own solo.

Danny was devoted to many organizations in his community. He served as Hickman County Commissioner from 1982-1990. He volunteered as a 4H leader through the 90’s, and later served as road commissioner from 2010-2022.

After retirement, Danny enjoyed picking kids up from Day School and Grade School. They looked forward to riding on the 4-wheeler around the farm to check on the cows, and helping to cut, rake and bale hay. Danny always had the best herd of cattle and enjoyed managing and improving his herd. He enjoyed showing cattle and teaching his kids and grandkids about cattle, and the love of growing and feeding beef cattle.

Danny was known for being the life of the party and fun to be around. He loved all his nieces, nephews, and kids dearly. Danny is survived by his wife Patsy Slaughter Mathis, his two children Dwayne Alan Mathis (Misty) and Kimberley Ann “Bebo” Jenkins (Jonathan), brother Jimmy Mathis, stepchildren Jamie (Neely) Johnston and Chris Neely, Grandchildren include Peyton Mathis, Kara Mathis, Kilee Jenkins, Anna Kate Jenkins, Bryson Mathis, Jase Jenkins, Blake Johnston and Chase Johnston.

Funeral service was held Thursday, May 17, at McDonald Funeral Home in Centerville. Burial followed in Totty’s Bend in Duck River.


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