A memorial service for James Ronald "Ronnie" Mason, 68, of Anniston, will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at St. Michael and All Angels Church with the Rev. Hugh B. Jones Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in Lagarde Hall. The family will also receive friends at the visitation today from 5-8 p.m. at Gray-Brown Service. Survivors include his wife, Lucia Brinkley Mason; daughter, Laura Elizabeth Mason; sons, James R. Mason III and wife, Anne-Marie and Steven Hughes Mason; cousins, Teri NeSmith, Debra Johnson and Stan Vaughan. Mr. Mason is preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert A. and Allie Golden Sparks and Henry "Dick" and Fannie Elizabeth Mason and parents, Henry Hughes and Ruth Sparks Mason and beloved Aunt, Helen Sparks Vaughan. Mr. Mason was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving two tours of duty in the Vietnam Conflict and was the recipient of a Purple Heart. After his military service, Mr. Mason began his business career with FMC Corporation, where he worked both domestically and internationally. In the early 90's Mr. Mason returned to live in Alabama, where he attended Jacksonville State University and earned Master's degrees in History and Public Administration. Mr. Mason was an avid reader, with American and military history being among his favorite subjects. Mr. Mason was a member of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. He loved singing, golfing and Alabama football. In his retirement, Mr. Mason devoted many hours to helping other Veterans access vital government benefits. He was a loving husband, father and friend, and he will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, as well as St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. Online condolences made at www.graybrownservice.com
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Published in The Anniston Star on Oct. 13, 2013