Ronald Earl Mason
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Ronald Earl Mason passed on December 12, 2013 at the UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill.
Ronald was born on August 3, 1929 at the Morehead City Hospital to parents Earl and Geraldine Robinson Mason of Atlantic, N.C. They moved to Beaufort in 1932. On June 2, 1949 Ronald married his sweetheart, Joyce Marie Lewis from Davis, N.C.
Ronald and Joyce have four children: Ronnie, Olivia, Cynthia, and Angelia.
Ronald was a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a business man, and a politician. He served locally in multiple capacities throughout his life and at the state level as a state representative from 1971-1978.
Ronald was predeceased by his son, Ronald (Ronnie) Earl Mason Jr.; daughter, Olivia Mason Allen; and sister, Sarah Mason Jones.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Joyce Lewis Mason; son-in-law, Earnest Clayton Allen, Jr.; daughter, Cynthia Mason Thomas and husband, Samuel Davis Thomas; and daughter, Angelia Elizabeth Mason.
Ronald has seven grandchildren: Earnest (Tres) Clayton Allen, III and wife, Jodi; Julie Thomas Salyards; Ronald Earl Mason Allen and wife, Annie; Jenny Thomas Radford and husband, Ryan; Billye Carroll Stanley; Jill Thomas and Thom Lewey; and Luther (Luke) Alton Stanley and wife, Tiffany.
Ronald also has eight great-grandchildren: Olivia Grace Allen, Jackson Davis Salyards, Destiney Michelle Stanley, Samuel Cole Salyards, Lilly Mariah Allen, Ronald Earl Mason Allen, Jr., Anne Maris Allen, and Joyce Marie Lewey.
Ronald lived his life for God, family, and others. In his own words, "Most of my life I have been happy - now happy I go to life in the spirit in that other world!"
A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, December 22, 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church on Ann Street in Beaufort, N.C.
Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Access online obituary and Internet condolences through www.brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Published in The News & Observer on Dec. 18, 2013