Mathis leaves a legacy of success

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Say or hear the initials “C.B.” and quite likely the next name to come to mind, or be spoken, is Mathis.
C.B. Mathis became a household name not only in Lancaster, but also across the region and the nation.
“The name ‘C.B.’ became known, not only throughout our town, but throughout parts of the nation,” said Tim Martin, who along with Mathis co-owned the real estate company C.O.R.E. Realty.
Mathis, a Lancaster native, died late last month, leaving a legacy of success in real estate as well as the world of pageantry.
In either pursuit, Mathis was well known and equally successful.
Mathis drew early raves for his Main Street business, The Peach Tree, which later became C.B.’s Limited.
He later passed on the business to his family, but he made his mark.
“He was the best salesperson you’d ever meet,” said Stefanie Carnes Stacks, the manager at C.B.’s Limited. “He was a mentor. He was the salesperson everybody wanted to be.”
Mathis also had a special knack for working with customers.
“He treated them like they were the only customers in the room,” Stacks said. “Customer service – that’s still the name of the game here.”
Mathis’ work at Peach Tree and C.B.’s led to him being involved with local beauty pageants as well as major events such as Miss Teen USA and Miss America.
He worked with young women, helping them with various advice and suggestions to help them look stunning and carry themselves with confidence during the pageant competition.
“It was absolutely amazing to see the progression of these contestants,” Stacks said. “He shaped them inside and out.”
Mathis, through his special guidance, quite likely changed lives and guided them long after their days on the stage and runway were over.
Mathis made his name not only as a quality consultant, but also as a top-notch judge.
He also built a reputation for his work in the real estate business as a person who stressed details and knew what he wanted to achieve.
Amy Overcash, who worked with Mathis at Allen Tate Realtors before he and Martin launched C.O.R.E., said Mathis was an “idea person.”
“He always wanted to go a step above,” Overcash said.
His death leaves a void in the community, but at the same time a sterling example to follow in reaching success through essentials like hard work and attention to detail.
“I have learned a lifetime of lessons from C.B. in only seven short years,” Martin said. “I am certain that some of C.B. will remain in me and others that he touched throughout his life.”
He will be missed in many ways, but we can be glad he passed our way and through basic ideals sought to make Lancaster as well as other places that much better.