Former Educator, Principal Passes Away

April 1, 2013

A former local school principal has passed away.  Pamela Henderson Mathis, 62, passed away last Thursday at her home in Century.

She was a lifelong resident of Century and graduated from Century High School in 1968. Despite a disability caused by childhood polio, she went on to become an educator for 32 years, earn a Masters’ Degree in History and a Specialist Degree in education.  She was the first teacher in Escambia County to earn a National Teaching Certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She retired from education as principal of Ernest Ward Middle School.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North in Cantonment.

For the complete obituary, click here.


9 Responses to “Former Educator, Principal Passes Away”

  1. Whittney Smiley on April 2nd, 2013 10:25 pm

    Mrs. Mathis was a very special person who had a big heart for students and her family as well. She was the dean when I was at Carver Middle School. She was never ashamed of her disability. No matter how bad she might have felt when she came to school everyday, you could always walk down the hall and see that she had a big smile on her face. She didn’t allow things to get to her and she never allowed her bad days to show. Mrs. Mathis, was always willing to share the story of how she ended up with polio with me and all of my classmates. Mrs. Mathis would always listen and try to help you with any problem that you might have. She always gave sound advice and never steered you wrong. She was also my assistant principal in the tenth grade at Northview High School. The one thing that I will miss about Mrs. Mathis is the big smile that she always had on her face and the kind heart that she always shared with others. She will be truly missed and loved by all that knew her. *Rest In Peace Mrs. Mathis*

  2. Susan on April 2nd, 2013 5:03 pm

    Such a wonderful person and a blessing to know. She will be missed.

  3. ashlee on April 1st, 2013 3:17 pm

    Mrs. Mathis you will definitely be missed. You touched the lives of many people and i will never forget all you have done for me. Rest In Peace!

  4. Gayle Mathis Aldridge on April 1st, 2013 2:31 pm

    R.I.P. Pam !! I loved my sister n law so much she will be missed!!!!!!

  5. David Huie Green on April 1st, 2013 12:15 pm

    The world was a better place because she was in it.

  6. kathy on April 1st, 2013 10:40 am

    Prayer’s going out for the Mathis Family. so to here of your loss.

  7. Sylvia on April 1st, 2013 9:57 am

    Mrs. Mathis was a very lovely person and loved by so many folks. She will be missed, but thank God no more pain for her. God please be with her family at this time of grief and give them comfort and peace.

  8. kevin enfinger on April 1st, 2013 7:28 am

    Omg mrs mathis was the principle at northview when i was there ten years was aago. A huge inspiration and she was a good leader

  9. This Person on April 1st, 2013 12:31 am

    She was the principle at Earnest Ward Middle School when I attend there for my eight grade year. She was nice to me. May God greet her as a friend.

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