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Paul "Sonny" Henry Mason, Jr.

November 1, 1947 ~ May 3, 2018 (age 70)
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Paul Henry Mason, Jr.                            

Blythe, GA  –              Paul “Sonny” Henry Mason, Jr., 70, loving husband of 51 years to the late Wilma Phillips Mason, entered into his eternal rest Thursday morning, May 3, 2018 at his residence. Services to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday afternoon, May 9, 2018 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James M. Ford officiating.    

A native of Virginia Beach VA, Sonny, also lovingly known as “Big Paul”, lived in Columbia County where he attending school in Harlem, before moving to the Hephzibah-Blythe are in 1960. He met and married the love of his life while they were both teenagers. Sonny started work at Ft. Gordon in the Motor Pool on November 22,1966.  Four years later he made the transfer to the Fire Department retiring as the Assistant Fire Chief on January 3, 2002.  Joining the Richmond Lodge 412 September 27, 1971, he was a master mason, proceeding through the chairs to the Senior Warden’s Chair when he had to step out because of his job commitment as the Assistant Fire Chief.  A dedicated, hard-worker, Sonny’s main objective was to provide for his family.  He was always busy working on cars and trucks, carpentry, or just piddling. An outdoorsman, he loved fishing and yardwork. Described as being patient, kind, and understanding, Sonny was also very generous, always helping others in any way he could.  His quiet, strong, dependable demeanor reflected his great ethical and moral fortitude.  Sonny’s world was his family whom he loved unconditionally. Above all else, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, serving him as a member of Friendship Methodist Church. Sonny will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.

Sonny was also preceded in death by his parent, Mildred Ansley Mason Skinner and Paul Henry Mason. Survivors include his children, Sonia Mize (Chris) and Paul Mason (Tammy); three siblings, Leonard Skinner (Gina), Cheryl James (Roger), and Margaret Whitaker (Charles); three grandchildren, C.J. Mize, Adam Mason and Hunter Mason; one great granddaughter, Blakelynn Mize; his “little guardian”, Madison Person; nieces, nephews and many friends.

The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home one hour prior to services—from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. Wednesday afternoon, May 9, 2018.  

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They Say There Is A Reason
 
They say there is a reason;
They say that time will heal.
But neither time nor reason
Will change the way I feel.
For no one knows the heartache
That lies behind our smiles.
No one knows how many times
We have broken down and cried.
We want to tell you something
So there won't be any doubt.
You're so wonderful to think of,
But so hard to be without.
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