Robert Lewis Mason (better known to his family as "Poochie"), 65, of Petersburg, departed this life on Monday, March 24, 2014.

Robert was born in Petersburg, and was preceded in death by his father, Robert Henry Mason; his mother, Fannie Allen Newcomb; a brother, Edward Henry Mason; and a sister-in-law, Linda Phelps Mason.

Robert was a graduate of Petersburg High School. He worked for Wilson Trucking Co. in Richmond for approximately 15 years. He then went to work for Maclin-Zimmer McGill in Petersburg, processing tobacco for Philip Morris. Maclin-Zimmer McGill eventually merged with Philip Morris and moved their tobacco processing operations to McKenney, where Robert worked until he retired from Philip Morris Processing Inc. five years ago when they moved their operations overseas. Robert worked three years with the Petersburg Salvation Army Christmas Bell Ringers. Even though Robert never would get a driving permit, he enjoyed traveling on vacations to Louisiana and Florida with his family. He loved being with his family and celebrating any special events with them.

He is survived by a brother, Kenneth Wayne and wife, Linda Temple Mason, of Colonial Heights; a sister, Peggy Overbey and husband, Robert; three nephews, Roger A. and wife, Cindy Crute Overbey, Robert W. and wife, Tammy Pulliam Overbey, all of Nelson, Va., Donald W. Phelps of Petersburg; one niece, Carolyn Overbey Scott and husband, Malcom, of Rougemont, N.C.; one great-nephew, Daniel R. Overbey of Nelson; a special "mother," Alice "Granny" Temple of Colonial Heights; one aunt; and several cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, with the Rev. Larry Briggs officiating, with interment to follow in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Robert Mason's memory to Nelson Baptist Church, 1837 Nelson Church Road, Nelson, VA 24580. Condolences may be registered at

Funeral Home

E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory
2033 Boulevard  Colonial Heights, VA 23834
(804) 526-3400

Published in The Progress-Index on Mar. 26, 2014