Bert Mason, 80 year-old resident of Sherman, beloved husband, father,
grandfather and great grandfather, passed away June 11, 2008 at Wilson
N. Jones Medical Center with his family at his side.
Services will be 10:00 AM Monday, June 16, 2008 in the Waldo Funeral
Chapel. Bill Mayes of Woods Street Church of Christ and Dr. Dan Schores
of Sherman will officiate and the burial will follow at West Hill Cemetery.
Bert was born February 17, 1928 in Greenville, Texas, the son of
Bertran Wright Mason, Sr. and Zelma Lee Jackson Mason. He was an only child.
He grew up in Greenville where he graduated from Greenville High School
and then attended N.T.A.C. in Arlington (now known as University of Texas
in Arlington) where he served in the ROTC program. He married Betty Jean
Blansett on January 29, 1949 and they had five children.
Bert was an engineer for Texas Electric Service Co. 1948-51, Texas
Pipeline 1951-59 and Texas Instruments 1959-1991. Following his retirement
he worked as a consultant. He had many interests that included volunteer
fire fighter in Richardson during the 1960's, was a member of Texoma Woodcarvers
Guild, and the Passport Exercise Group He attended Wood Street Church of
Bert traveled extensively, visiting over sixteen countries. Some
of the interesting places he visited were England, Russia, Egypt, Greece
and Japan. His other interests included history, genealogy, gardening and
keeping up with the latest scientific and medical technologies. He loved
his large family and enjoyed family events. He was loved deeply and will
leave a void in our hearts that cannot be filled.
Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Betty Mason of Sherman; son,
Bill Mason and wife Cindy of Whitesboro; daughters, Jeanne Hamilton and
husband Ronnie of Rowlett, Jan Gutos and husband Dan of Joplin, Missouri
and Judy Mason of Denison; nine grandchildren, Stephnie McKissack, Stacie
Wallace, David and Kelly Gutos, Brooke Laing, Robert Scullin, Austin Mason,
Jennifer Johnson and Johnathan Harmon; thirteen great grandchildren, Blair,
Brock and Bryce McKissack, Hudson, Mason and Reese Wallace, Gillian Johnson,
Courtney, Kylie and Jace Harmon, Jasmine and Hunter Rose and Trinity Laing.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father and daughter, Joyce Harmon.
Pallbearers will be Bob Johnson, Ron Anderson, David Carroll, Dick
Malnory, Bob Whitmire, and Bud Wilson. Special pallbearers will be grandsons
and grandsons- in- law, Austin Mason, Arron Johnson, Robert Scullin, David
Gutos, Joe McKissack, Trey Wallace and Johnathan Harmon.
The family of Bert Mason would like to express their heartfelt thanks
to the Sherman Fire Department, Homestead of Sherman, the staff of Wilson
N. Jones Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center, Woods Street
Church of Christ and the many friends who gave their love and support.
A memorial has been set up for Special Olympics in his name at Texoma
Tornados Special Olympics, in care of Sheila at 115 Natchez, Pottsboro,
Tx. 75076. Memorials may also be made to the Grayson County Blood Bank.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday evening
at Waldo Funeral Home.