Susie (Ralls) MathesPhotos
“The Forrest were not privileged to have children of their own. Perhaps, the Lord felt theirs was to be a larger ministry that would have been possible with a family to rear. Their home, however, has always been open to young folks. Five of these were given special places and became “their” children.
“Sue Ralls (Mathes) was from Tiptop, Tennessee. Rev. Forrest met her when he was conducting meetings in that city. In fact, he stayed at the Ralls home. He also saw Susie and recognized her potential.
“Three years later she came to the Falls. . . . Later, she married Jack Mathes who was the school’s business manager. She also became the head of the music department at Toccoa Falls.” (Text from Achieving the Impossible)
Jack and Susie Mathes
Susie Mathes is the one sitting up front holding a baton in the photograph of a group that bore her name: Aunt Susie’s band.