DAVID R. MASON was a father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather. He was the son of the later George Samuel and Sarah Mason. David was born February 25, 1911 and was called home on June 5, 2011. He met and married Mabel Elizabeth Mason and this union was blessed with five children. Two preceded him in death; Shirley Elizabeth Cotton and Bruce Kevin Mason. The three surviving children are Jacqueline Virginia Washington, Beverly Ann Henderson, and Pamela Joan Thomas. David was an only child who always acknowledged God first. He encouraged and helped his children to become educated. He himself attended school in Accomack County and later graduated from Frederick Douglas High School in Baltimore, Maryland. A short time after graduation he worked at Russell Steel Company and later retired from Domino Sugar Refinery as one of the first black machinists. In his earlier years, he enjoyed playing tennis, swimming, and taking his family on weekend trips. His favorite place to take his family was the airport and Chincoteague Island, Virginia. He also enjoyed his holidays and summer cookouts. After retirement, he enjoyed farming, fishing and talking with his friends. Our father had a lot of faith. He enjoyed reading the Bible and going to church. He also loved his church family. Daddy had a lot of friends and special friends. Claude Johnson was like a son. Sharon, his granddaughter and her husband, Paul, helped his children faithfully during his illness. Mary White from Accomac kept him informed about church activities. Ruby Becker kept him entertained in telephone conversation before Daddy went to Baltimore. Tom Hall was like a time clock and called him every day. Daddy and Matt Young spent time informing each other about what was going on in the world. Matt always kept his roads clear during winter and spring. Larry Annis, who is now deceased, was also a good friend. When “Pops” went to Baltimore he missed all of his friends in Virginia but always said life goes on and “I’ll see you in church”. Daddy, known as “Pops” to his children and grandchildren, leaves to mourn three daughters, thirteen grandchildren, and eighteen great grandchildren. One grandchild and one great-grandchild preceded him in death.

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