At Horton-Mathie, we’re committed to taking care of your every need during what can be a difficult time. We understand that everyone’s needs and situations are unique, and go to great lengths to tailor our services in order to make this a time of joyful remembrance for you and your loved ones.
Like so many businesses dating back to the 19th Century, the funeral home has a long and storied history. Established in 1862, the home was an adjunct business of the S.B. Horton Furniture Company. This was, at the time, a common occurrence as furniture companies had the means to create and upholster burial coffins, so furniture companies would take advantage of this capability and often became hybridized businesses.
In the early 1940’s, the funeral home moved to its current location as a dedicated funeral home and was known as the Horton Funeral Home. As state laws for incorporation changed, it soon became officially known as the S.B. Horton Funeral Home Co., Inc., and was run by brothers David and Stewart Horton.
Beginning in the mid-1970’s, the funeral home changed ownership and name a number of times until finally, in 2002, the home was purchased by its current owner, Douglas Mathie, who had a deep appreciation for the home’s rich heritage and was permitted to rename the facility as The Horton-Mathie Funeral Home.
In 2003 the facility was completely and meticulously renovated, retaining its quiet residential feel while taking advantage of the newest industry technologies for the comfort and convenience of its clientele.
Our People: Trusted, Caring Professionals
Douglas R. Mathie
Born and raised on Long Island, Douglas R. Mathie began working in the funeral profession at the age of 14, and has worked in the profession for over thirty-four years. Following extensive training and certification, Doug received his Funeral Director and Embalmer License in 1980. The following year, he founded the Douglas R. Mathie Funeral Service and also quickly gained experience as the co-owner of a Nassau-based funeral home during the 1980’s. He purchased and restored the S.B. Horton Funeral Home in 2002, was granted permission to name it The Horton-Mathie Funeral Home by its founding family, and continues to serve as the facility’s owner and operator.
Doug is a highly-skilled embalmer specializing in trauma restoration. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of funeral service and has arranged and directed numerous high-profile funerals, including some of the victims of the World Trade Center disaster.
Doug has had the honor of serving with the Lions, Elks and other community organizations throughout Long Island, and is a personal sponsor of a number of local and regional concerns. His professional affiliations include service as a Member of the Nassau County Community College Advisory Board of Mortuary Science. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Green Hill Cemetery of Greenport, NY.
An avid hunter and fisherman, In 1985 Doug founded All American Hunters, Inc., which has since grown to become a firmly established and well-respected organization. He has a great passion for outdoor activities on both land and on the water, enjoys living on the East End of Long Island, and has a true appreciation for all natural resources.
Barbara Davidson has served as Office Manager, client coordinator and cosmetologist for the Horton-Mathie Funeral Home since 2002. Prior to her position with Horton-Mathie, she worked with special needs children for the Bay Shore school district for nearly two decades. A resident of Greenport, she is an active member of the community and a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where she serves on the Church Council. In addition, she serves as a volunteer for both Maureen’s Haven in Southold and Habitat for Humanity. She also serves on the board of trustees for the Stirling Historical Society of Greenport and is an advisory board member of the Green Hill Cemetery, also in Greenport.