Lake Patti Sue

About Ol' Nate

Nathan Mathis was born April 18th, 1943, the child of a sharecropper for H.H. Dowling & Bros. Raised on a farm, Nathan grew up with farmer's values, a hard hitting work ethic, and a sense of community.

In 1961, Mathis graduated at Slocomb High School, and then attended and graduated from Alabama Christian College.

Nathan has farmed his entire life, but in 1964 he branched off and started his own farm. In 1968, the Dothan Jaycees selected Nathan as the "Outstanding Young Farmer" for Houston County, prompting a congratulations letter from Congressman George Andrews.

Mathis got married to Sue Smith, of Slocomb, and the couple had two children, Joey and Patti Sue Mathis. The couple have two grandchildren, Jered and Jade.

In 2017, Nathan gained national attention as he protested the last Roy Moore rally in the special election for United States Senate.

This would lead to appearances on CNN, MSNBC, and even the Ellen DeGeneres Show in support of the Trevor Project. Since then, he's been featured by BuzzFeed and garnered the respect of the nation, labeled by many as "America's Grandpa."

Nathan continues to share Patti Sue and his  story through any venue possible.

In 1974, Nathan was elected the Chairman of the Houston County Commission. After serving there for four years, he did not seek re-election.

Mathis would then run for Alabama State Representative and served from 1982 to 1994. UniServ selected Representative Mathis as Outstanding Legislator in 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989.

Nathan has devoted his life to helping people. Whether it be coaching Dixie Youth baseball for 18 years, or providing seniors with transportation vans and a furnished building at no cost to them, Ol' Nate has a reputation of helping those in need.


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