Charley Mason, 80, of Warrensburg, formerly of Slater, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Paul Freewill Baptist Church in Slater. Vice bishop Noah Poole will officiate. Pallbearers will be John Ward, Elmer Van Buren, Everett Chess, Robert Falls, Harry Lee Ford and Keith Wright. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at H.T. May and Son Funeral Home in Marshall and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Slater.
Born Jan. 8, 1923, in St. Louis, he was the son of the late Tanzie and Anna Glenn Mason. On Jan. 5, 1957, he married Clarissa Miller Falls, who survives of the home, and moved to Slater. He served as a deacon at St. Paul Freewill Baptist Church in Slater and was a member of the men's choir and brotherhood organization. He also served as commander of William E. Ribply Post No. 178. He attended grade school in Marshall and graduated from C.C. Hubbard High School in Sedalia. He also attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City. He went into the Air Force in July 1943 and served with the historic Tuskegee Airmen. He was employed as a supervisor at the Marshall Habilitation Center for more than 33 years before retiring in 1988. He was a great cook, a gentle man and a friend to all who knew him. His favorite song was "Pass Me Not."
Additional survivors include three sons, Jeffrey Mason and wife Mary of Augusta, Ga., Gary Mason of St. Louis and Wendell Mason of Marshall; two daughters, Alicia Candy Brown and husband Delroy of Marshall and Sara Roseby of Kansas City; one brother, Henry Mason; two sisters, Beatrice Huston and Jean Ella Napier, both of Marshall; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, George Mason and Felix Mason; and one sister, Anna Bell Mason.
Additional information provided per family recompense.