In Memory of




Obituary for Charles "Bud" Mathis

Charles H. "Bud" Mathis

Memorial Services will be held at the Wyndham Hotel 10918 East 41st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146 on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Bud passed away following a lengthy illness on Monday, November 11, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born in Elk City, Oklahoma on October 13, 1933 to Homer & Ima (Wood) Mathis. The family moved back & forth from Oklahoma to Texas & Arkansas to seek out any opportunity to make a living, as many know these were difficult times following the “The Depression.” When Bud was a young boy he recalled that his father worked for a cotton sharecropper in West Texas, while in Plainview, Texas, Bud, at the age of ten, worked for a drug store making a dollar a week, he also remembered at one point the family had a furniture store in Amarillo, Texas. The family finally settled in Oklahoma City where Bud would graduate from Capitol Hill High School, he proudly served in the U. S. Army from 1953-55. Bud was the youngest of the Mathis boys that included Wayne, Ray & Don. Together the family made their living by buying used appliances, furniture & refurbishing them for sale, their first storefront was on southwest 29th street in Oklahoma City, later moving to 301 S. Western where Mathis Brothers Furniture became known as the home of “Fire Blazin’ Prices.” The Mathis Family always shared a love of country music & were all quite talented singers & guitar players, and in the early sixties they created their own local country music program known as “Country Social” aired on WKY TV, hosting numerous well known country singers from across America.
Bud was only 33 years old when he "retired" from the furniture business back in 1966.
He kept the 40,000-square foot building at 301 S. Western Ave. and sold his share of the original Mathis Bros. furniture store to his brother, Don, and moved to Phoenix.
"All I did was wear out fishing rigs and raise my three daughters (Sherrie, Debbie and Anita) for 10 years.”
After Mathis Bros. moved to the new location in 1976, Bud returned to OKC and leased the building to two or three furniture firms, but none were successful.” Bud was convinced he could be successful in this location so he opened Bud Mathis Furniture aka “The Old Store” following an extensive renovation of that building. In his first year he registered more than $3 million in sales. Bud was nominated and received the Furniture Dealer of the Year Award by the Southwestern Home Furnishing Association, significantly he was one of four dealers nominated, with the other three in Texas.
All this goes back, he said, to old fashioned principles, he continued operating at this location until 1987.
Bud always had a new vision & looked for ways of being of service to others he was always willing to give his time, talent, advice & finances in order to help others. In 1993 he moved to Tulsa, OK in order to help open the Tulsa Mathis Brothers Furniture Store, he continued at this location until moving to Arkansas in 1999.
In 2003 he returned to the Tulsa area to help open the Evans Furniture Store. In 2011 he finally retired & moved to Buckeye, AZ where he remained until 2016 at which time he returned to the Oklahoma.
He is remembered by his co-workers as a charismatic & free-spirited entrepreneur.
Bud was one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He was also a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Homer & Ima Mathis; infant brother Clarence Joe Mathis along with brothers Wayne & Ray Mathis & step daughter Sabrina Parks
He is survived by his loving & devoted wife of 33 years June of Tulsa
Brother Don Mathis
Three daughters
Sherrie M. Kite & husband James Bandel Kite, Jr.
Deborah L. Smith & husband Vondel Scott Smith
Anita Jane Van Cleef & husband Robert Pope Van Cleef, Jr.
Grandchildren; James Bandel Kite, III & fiancé Katie Pickens, Margaret Kite Peterson & husband Rane
Lauren Rene’ Hill & husband Tony, Scott Tyler Smith & wife Nichole, Charles Trevor Smith & wife Summer Lee
Robert Pope Van Cleef, III & wife Colbie, Taylor Trotter & husband Nic
Great Grandchildren; James Bandel “Quade” Kite, IV. Robbie W., Will K. Allen & Jaxon R. Peterson
Trinity Grace Hill, Adeline Faith Hill & Frederick Kemper Hill
Taya, Livia, Ella, Liana & Vayda Smith
Aspen Sage Neff, Parker Lee Smith & Bishop Riggs Smith
Robert Pope Van Cleef, IV, Janie Joy Van Cleef;
Great Great Grandson, Perseus Orion Benton
Step Children;
Paula Lamb & husband Kerry; Tami Holmes & husband Fred; John Parks & his wife Monique; Terry Musgrove & husband Eric
Step grandchildren; Sam Propst, Colton Parks & his wife Kelly; Asti Waters; Bailey Holmes & husband Brent; Sage Willis & husband Russell
Step great grandchildren; Jensen, Avaleigh & Bennington Parks, Cru & Sutton Holmes
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins & countless friends