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Obituary – Deacon Joseph Mason

Deacon Joe Mason

Deacon Joseph Mason passed from this life at the age of 80, on January 5, 2020. With the love of family and friends surrounding him his soul transitioned in peace. He is known by and will be missed by many.

In addition to being a husband, father and grandfather, Mason identified himself as a Baptist Deacon, Gospel singer and Master Electrician. In 1982, as Chair of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Deacon Board he brought Rev. Robert L. Mannaway, Sr. to Seattle. He later transferred to Mt. Zion Baptist Church (MZBC) and during the tenure of the late Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney served as Diaconate Chair.

As a child, his mother Annie Lee Mason took her boys, Robert, James and Joseph religiously to First Baptist Church in Bartlett, TN. It was there he learned the Bible and gospel songs. Mason and his identical twin brother, James, sang together in the church choir. While stationed at stationed at Eglin Air Force, after joining the U.S. Air Force together in 1956, the brothers formed the R&B group the Five Bells to entertain their fellow airman and while stationed in Morocco, France and Germany Mason joined in base gospel choirs. Until his passage, he was a soloist with the MZBC Brotherhood Chorus.

Deacon Mason was a family man. He and his wife, Dawn Mason, raised Joseph Jr., (deceased), Vincent, Cyrelle, Salah, Maryam and Anisa and are the beneficiaries of his love and wisdom. In his twilight years, the light of his life has been his grandchildren Miles, Brian, Mwansa, Derrick, Michael and Demetria. He was extremely proud of their accomplishments.

Deacon Mason was a working man, he came to Seattle in 1963 to be a laborer at the Seattle World Fair. Hired by the University of Washington (UW) Physical Plant, and following the successful demands of Tyree Scott and Black contractors to open union apprenticeships to African Americans, he attended Seattle Community College as one of the first African American Electrical Apprentice students. He was a Master Electrician, member of Local 46, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. After retirement from the UW, he began his second career as an Electrical Inspector for the City of Seattle and retired in 2010.

A humble and generous man he contributed to the church, families in need and the community. He was widely known for the fish he fried for 30 years at the annual Mason Family Fish Fry. He is a Masonic (J.C. Logan Lodge) and participated in the Bible Study Fellowship.

A life of Christian fellowship, music, community and friendship will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M.  on Sat., Jan. 18 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Seattle. Officiated by Rev. Dr. Kelle Brown, Lead Pastor of Plymouth Church United Church of Christ. Josephine Howell Productions will bring together voices, music and song to honor his love of gospel and abiding belief in God. His family invites friends and the public to join them in this musical celebration and fish fry reception.  In lieu of flowers, online donations or checks to First Place School will be appreciated. www.firstplaceschool.org

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