John Vernon Mason 79, of 16444 Cabin Stick Road, Stony Creek, Va., was called to rest on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg, Va.

He was born in Prince George County on Aug. 11, 1933, to the late John H. Mason and Ada Brown Mason.

He farmed for many years before working at Masonite (International Paper) in Waverly, Va., from where he retired after 33 years of service. For the past several years he has worked for Gill Equipment Co. in Stony Creek. He is best known for his gardens.

At an early age he joined Little Mount Baptist Church, Disputanta, Va. For the past several years, he has been attending Hunting Quarter Baptist Church, Stony Creek.

He leaves to cherish his memories: a loving wife of 60 years, Rosa Edwards Mason; two sons, James (Patricia) of Petersburg, Va., and Curtis (Ernestine) of Santa Ana, Calif.; two daughters, Gwendolyn Briggs of Stony Creek and Gladys Jones (Vincent) of Carson, Va.; two sisters, Mary Jackson of Washington, D.C., and Edna Griffin (Ernest) of Petersburg, Va.; one sister-in-law, Josephine Gregory of Waverly, Va.; nine grandchildren, Tara Parish, Michelle Myrick, Sherita Mason, Priscilla Wright, Melissa Mason, Erica Hamlin, LaVar Briggs, Shaunta' Briggs and Aretha Jones; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Special thanks to the Stony Creek Rescue Squad, Southside Regional Medical Center, Dr. Michael Matherlee and staff of the Stony Creek Community Center, and close friends to the family, Bobby and Jackie Mayton.

Homegoing services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Hunting Quarter Baptist Church, 16166 Hunting Quarter Church Road, Stony Creek, Va. Dr. Carroll Robb, pastor, will eulogize and the Rev. Charles Davis, pastor of Little Mount Baptist Church, will officiate. Interment will follow immediately in the church cemetery. Family is omitting repass after service. The family may be contacted at 434-246-4110.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Jones-Peace Funeral Service, 13013 Park Ave., Stony Creek, Va., 434-246-3171 or [email protected]

Published in The Progress-Index from Mar. 31 to Apr. 5, 2013