Mattie Hardigree Studdard, age 93 of Stone Mountain, GA departed this life on August 2, 2015. She was born October 30, 1921 in Rome, GA. She is preceded in death by her husband, James E. Hardigree, son, David Lee Hardigree, great grandson, Dalton Andrew Hardigree. Mattie leaves behind a daughter, Diane Hardigree Nash (Norris) of Loganville, GA; and sons, Lamar Hardigree (Eileen) of Woodstock, Don Hardigree (Amanda) of Hartselle, AL, Dennis Hardigree of Pendergrass, GA, and Melvin Hardigree (Marion) of Winder; as well as 20 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and a host of extended family and friends who cherish the loving memories of her warm personality and affectionate love. Mattie’s life was fulfilled by loving and helping her friends and neighbors. As well as loving and cherishing her children, Church (Memorial Lighthouse Baptist Church), and God. She will be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 4 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Parlor at Wages and Sons Stone Mountain Chapel. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5 at the Stone Mountain Chapel, with Graveside service following at 3:00 p.m. at Barrow Memorial Gardens.

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  1. Aunt Matsy was so precious and dear to me, and all of our family. One of my favorite things to hear her say when I would call her is “darlin’ I was just thinking about you”. She and her two sisters, Aunt Bodie (my granny), and Aunt Thelma were like the Golden Girls. Since she was the baby sister, and the only one with a driver’s license, she would drive them all over town. Many of their trips together involved going to see family. They adored their two brothers and their wives and it was such a treat when they would all get together. I am grateful for all of those special memories of spending time with them, hearing their stories, and witnessing the love that they all shared. Aunt Matsy, I know you are safe in the arms of Jesus now, and even though you will be dearly missed I know that you were greeted by all of those who have gone before you, and I hope you heard them all say, welcome home darlin’, we were just thinking about you.

  2. “Granny” was the sweetest woman and filled a void in my life, as I always longed for a grandmother just like her. In all the years I knew her, I never knew her to be anything less than loving, kind, and funny. We shared many laughs over the years, and I will always fondly remember her. The family is in my thoughts and prayers; I know her presence among all of you will be missed tremendously. We are all blessed to have known her, and to be certain that she is in Heaven. May you find comfort in all of the wonderful years shared and memories made.

  3. My sweet, precious, loving Aunt Matsy was kind beyond words. She was the youngest of my mother’s sisters, and she and I had a special bond and love that I can’t put into words. She would always take my hand and say “I just love you so much”, and I knew she meant it. We spent many weekends together and would do all of her favorite things: eat at Waffle House, or Picadilly, go shopping at Goody’s, go visit her siblings (or sometimes take flowers to place on the graves of those who had gone before) and always go to church on Sunday. She knew I loved to eat pinto beans and always had a pot cooked when I went to visit. There will never be another like her and I miss her very much. I’m so happy to know she’s in a better place. I love you Aunt Matsy.

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