Robert L. Mathis, II, 64, departed this life on March 22, 2021. Robert was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 20, 1956, the second child and first son to Robert L. Mathis, Sr. (deceased) and Wilhelmina Mathis (née Bradley).
Robert grew up in the Grove Hall section of Boston, graduating from Dorchester High School and furthering his education at the Berkeley College of Music. He greatly admired his father, Robert, Sr., a mechanic in the Korean War and all around handyman, and aspired to be like him. Robert learned at an early age how to fix things, including cars, homes, electronics, etc., all by closely watching his father. He learned quickly and carried these skills into his adulthood. He was a licensed contractor and a master of his craft. During their teenage years, his oldest sister, Veronica, always said she'd spend hours studying, whilst Robert, however, did not study, and would pass the test just as easily. All of his life, Robert had a passion for music, and he displayed his talent while playing the bass guitar. His brother William referred to him as a "musically motivated mastermind.". Robert played the bass on the first album for Boston's R&B group, New Edition and previous to this milestone, he played with group, Message To The People. Robert was also known as Smiley, because he smiled a lot while he was playing, as well as Bobby to his parents, close family and friends. On an even lighter note, Robert began his addiction to fried chicken, hot sauce and soul food young, via his mother, who he'd stand closely over while she was cooking Sunday afternoons.
Robert departed this life, leaving behind his beautiful, loving wife, Audrie A. Mathis (née Powell). He also leaves behind his son, Robert Mathis, III and his daughter, Ashley Mathis, as well as his grandson, Quincy. He will be loved, missed, and remembered by his mother, Wilhelmina Mathis; his brothers, William Mathis, Kenneth Mathis, Lawrence Mathis, Mark Mathis and his wife, Claudia; his sisters, Veronica Jackson and her husband, John, Debra Mathis, Renee Francis and her husband, Scott, and Nikkole Mathis. Robert also leaves behind many, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, stepchildren and step-grandchildren.
All are welcome to his funeral service on Thursday, April 1st at 10:30 a.m. in Brockton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 752 Oak St., Brockton, with visitation in the church beginning at 9 a.m. Burial to follow at Melrose Cemetery, Brockton.
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