Robert Earl Mathis, age 80 of Memphis, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013. He was born November 26, 1932 in Linden, Tennessee to the late Mark M. Mathis, and Dena Grooms Mathis. Mr. Mathis was a veteran of the US Army, serving in the Korean War, and later retired from General Motors. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Story Mathis; one daughter, Melody Tipton; four sons, Tracy, Nelson, Preston, and Vaughn; three sisters, Dorothy Wiggs, Shirley Hicks, and Geneiva Warren; two step-daughters, Sandra and Renea; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be 2 PM Friday, April 19, 2013 at Family Funeral Care, located on Summer Avenue. Burial will follow at Forest Hill East Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, April 18 from 5-7 PM.