Roy “Sonny” Mathis was born and raised in
the Goucher/Pacolet community. He graduated from Pacolet High School
(53), Clemson University (57) and Southwestern Baptist Seminary (66).
Mathis joined the Pacolet National Guard as a senior while at Pacolet
High and completed 12 years in the Guard. He was serving as the pastor
of Indian Hills Baptist Church, North Little Rock, AR and also serving
as a chaplain for the Arkansas National Guard when he was called into
active duty during the Vietnam Conflict.
Roy has just finished a book about his ministry as a chaplain in
Vietnam. Although he served in the army for 30 years, this book covers
only the one-year period while serving as the Battalion Chaplain for
the 4/503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. Mathis kept a daily diary
while in Vietnam and the book comes from that account. The book’s title
is “IT WAS A LONG WAY FROM HOME & A LONG TIME AGO, BUT GOD WAS
In this well
written and interesting book, Roy describes scenes and events that most
of us can not even imagine. It is the story of struggle, sacrifice and
up close battlefield fighting. It is also the story of the strong bond
that develops between soldiers who shared the very real danger of being
killed or wounded at any second.
Roy wrote the book as a history for his grandchildren, who, someday,
may say “what did Papa do in the Vietnam War?” However, after its
release it became very popular and the first
printing was quickly sold out. A second printing is underway.
Copies of the book are available directly from Roy. Contact him via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org;
Gaffney, SC 29341. The cost is $12.00,
postage included, sent to the requester's address. Roy has not
released the book for profit, and the $12.00 only covers the
printing and postage.
The book is also now available from Amazon.com in a format for
e-readers. The cost of the book is $3.99 for those that have Kindles or
other types of e-readers. Click on Mathis
Book on Amazon to got to the Amazon page to order the book.
Since these pages often change, you can also go to the Amazon website
and search for the book by its title - “IT WAS A LONG
WAY FROM HOME & A LONG TIME AGO, BUT GOD WAS
The paper version of the book is also now available from
Christian Supply in Spartanburg, SC for $10.00.
Roy retired from the army in 1992. He and his
wife, Nancy, live in Gaffney. He is on the Board of Trustees of
Limestone College and also serves as Chairman. In addition,
he presently serves as a Consultant with
Marketplace Ministries, Inc. In addition to his BS from Clemson in
1957, Roy holds master's degrees in Divinity, Guidance Counseling, and
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