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‘BICYCLE MAN’ MOSES MATHIS DEAD AT 76

15 Jul
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Moses Mathis, ‘The Bicycle Man,’ is shown in this 2011 file photo. Mathis died Monday, July 15, 2013, at the age of 76

 

Moses Mathis, who created a charity that gave thousands of bicycles to needy children in Fayetteville over two decades, died this morning after a long period of poor health.

He was 76.

Ann Mathis, his wife of nearly 46 years, said he died in his sleep at home shortly before 5 a.m.

“He had a peace with him,” she said.

Mrs. Mathis was with her husband at the time, as was a hospice worker.

Mathis had been battling health problems for months and had been confined to medical facilities as he tried to recover his strength. Recently, though, he returned home under hospice care.

Mathis, who served in the Navy and worked at Black & Decker before it closed, became known as “The Bicycle Man” for the Christmastime bicycle giveaway that he orchestrated each year. Mrs. Mathis has headed the charity during her husband’s illness and said it will continue.

Funeral plans have not yet been set.

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THE SINGLE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE HAS LEFT US. HIS NAME IS MOSES MATHIS, THE BICYCLE MAN AND MY FATHER

15 Jul

THE SINGLE BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE HAS LEFT US. HIS NAME IS MOSES MATHIS, THE BICYCLE MAN AND MY FATHER

My father left me this morning about 4:00am. I had a chance to see me and talk to him Saturday before I left to come back home. I told him that I loved him and I wanted him to let go so his pain would stop. Just before he died last night my mother had the same conversation and that’s when he finally felt he could start the next leg of his journey.

Right now I feel kick in the head, but I did get my chance to say good-bye and he acknowledged me one last time.

I’m not much into prayer, so I just ask that the Most High receives him and bless him.