134-B Lady's Island Drive
Beaufort SC 29901
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January 15, 1931 - October 29, 2012
James Downing Mathews, Sr. passed away on October 29, 2012 at the Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Beaufort, SC, after a long illness. Mr. Mathews' many accomplishments are reflected through his lustrous career.
There are few gentlemen in any industry that have seen it all and experienced it all. Mr. Jim Mathews was one of those men. Beginning his professional career in accounting with Price-Waterhouse, Jim earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from the University of Georgia where he remained a member of the International Professional Fraternity for Accounting, Delta Sigma Pi.
A veteran, Jim also served in the US Army Infantry during the Korean War where he earned an early promotion to 1st Lieutenant by Special Order of President Harry S. Truman on the criteria that Jim Mathews was outstanding among his peers.
Jim began his professional career first as a Financial Office for a Chrysler Dealership in Savannah, GA before opening his own dealership Jim Mathews Motors as an independent auto dealer. It was there that Jim was elected President of the Georgia Independent Auto Dealers Association. Jim later moved to Columbia, SC where he started the Mathews Insurance Agency. After a very successful insurance career, spanning many years, Jim semi-retired and moved to Beaufort, South Carolina, where he joined Statewide Insurance Group as a Commercial Insurance Broker and began a very successful career working with clients throughout the Lowcountry.
Jim possessed a wealth of knowledge that allowed him to assist his clients with a total risk-management approach to underwriting that minimizes exposures and allowd him to tailor policies to each client's unique needs. Always a Southern Gentleman, Jim will be missed by his friends and colleagues at Statewide Insurance Group, as well as all who had the privilege to have know him..