Billy L. Mason

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    - William "Smut" Black
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    - Bill Bostic
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BILLY L. MASON Billy Last Mason of Wilmington, NC, died on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Trinity Grove after a short illness. He was born in Wilmington on January 5, 1927, the son of the late Marion Thomas Mason and Mamie Ella Mason. At an early age, he developed an aptitude and love for sports, especially basketball, at the Brigade Boys' Club. When he entered high school at New Hanover High School, he played on both the basketball and football teams. Billy interrupted his high school career to proudly serve his country in the United States Merchant Marine during World War II. Returning to New Hanover in 1947 to complete his senior season, he helped lead the Wildcats to Coach Leon Brogden's first state basketball championship, while also leading the state in scoring. Following his graduation, he accepted a basketball scholarship to Campbell College (now Campbell University). While at Campbell, he led them to a NC Junior College Conference Championship and to a berth in the National Junior College Basketball Tournament, earning All-American Honorable Mention honors. Billy also started at end for the Campbell football team. In recognition of his athletic exploits, he was inducted into the Campbell University Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. After graduation from Campbell, he attended Wake Forest College on an athletic scholarship, participating in basketball and as a sprinter/hurdler on the track team. Following college, Billy accepted a position as a teacher and coach at Lake Forest School, leading to what would be a thirty-seven year career with the New Hanover County Schools. In addition to his service at Lake Forest, Billy earned his Master's degree in Administration from East Carolina Teachers College (now East Carolina University) and became principal at Washington Catlett School, Bradley Creek Elementary School, Tileston School, Roland Grise Junior High School, New Hanover High School, and ended his career serving as Associate Superintendent for eleven years. Billy was proud of his longtime civic work and membership in the Wilmington Lion's Club, serving in many capacities including Club President, District Governor and delegate to numerous International Conventions. In 1984, he was the recipient of the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine awarded by then Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. He was also a faithful servant in his church, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Among his many positions in the church were president of the Church Council, financial secretary and most recently as the unofficial greeter and "candy man". In addition to his parents, Billy was predeceased by his siblings Dorothy Mason Dellinger, Marion Thomas Mason, Jr., Gladys Ray Mason Hales, and Carl Edward Mason. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost sixty-two years, Anne Green Mason, son, Billy H. Mason and wife, Deborah, son, Michael E. Mason and wife, Patt and grandchildren Allen, Eric, Margaret, and Lee. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Market Street Chapel of Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market Street, Wilmington, NC. A service celebrating Billy's life will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6th and Market Streets, Wilmington, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12 North 6th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina, P. O. Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450.
Funeral Home
Andrews Mortuary & Crematory - Market Street Chapel
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-7788
Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Dec. 16 to Dec. 18, 2013
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