Kenneth R. Mason---a man who loved family, friends, and laughter and who spread laughter wherever he went---died on February 1, 2015. Kenneth was born in Swan Quarter, NC, to Jones and Elizabeth Midgette Mason on Feb.17, 1922. At 17, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and served at Camp Virginia Dare in Manteo, NC, for 15 months. At 18, he joined the US Navy where he served honorably for 20 years serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters during WW II. His service included combat in the Pacific on his favorite ship, the USS San Juan.
Following his Navy service, he was a Civil Service employee working as a master meat cutter at the Little Creek Commissary in Virginia for 14 years. After retirement, he “worked on the water” in Swan Quarter. “I always had a good time,” Kenneth often said, and he made others have a good time, too.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 59 years, Dolores Gibbs; two brothers, Jack and Milton; three sisters, Margaret, Dorothy, and Clara. He is survived by son Rusty Mason and his wife Joyce of The Villages, FL; his daughter Tonia Pridgen and husband Jesse of Raleigh; grandson Lott Mason and his wife June; and great-grandchildren Haden and Miles Mason, San Clemente, CA.
A memorial service for Kenneth Mason will be held at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Swan Quarter, NC, on February 4. Visitation will follow the service at the Senior Center on Quarter Road. The family will have a service at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery where both his ashes and those of his wife will be placed in the columbarium there.
For further information about services, contact Bryan Funeral Service in Swan Quarter.
Appreciation from the family goes to Transition Life Care of Wake County, Morningside Assisted Living, and the fifth floor staff of Rex Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4131 Quarter Rd., Swan Quarter, NC 27885.