William “Wayne” Mason, 90, of Andrews passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019 in Andrews.
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Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at a memorial service at 10:00 AM Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Second Baptist Church, 107 NW 7th Street, in Andrews with Pastor Kevin Covington officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the personal care of McNett Funeral Home in Andrews. Please visit www.mcnettfuneralhome.com for obituary information and service details.
Wayne was born on October 18, 1929 in Raton, New Mexico to Lowell Leslie Mason and Lydia Etna Stevens. He was raised in New Mexico in Tinnie, Roswell, and the Hondo Valley and graduated from Hondo High School 1949. He received his Bachelor of Education from Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico and his Master of Education from New Mexico Technology in Socorro, New Mexico. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, and married Mollie Nell Cooper on August 13, 1955 in Maljamar, New Mexico. They moved to Deming, New Mexico, where he was a Math Teacher for 30 years. In Deming, he was a sponsor for the High School Honor’s Society, taught Driver’s Education, drove the activity bus for the schools, and worked at the city swimming pool. During a couple of summers, he worked as a National Park Ranger at the Painted Desert National Monument in Arizona. They moved to Capitan, New Mexico, where he taught Math in Carrizozo, New Mexico for 4 years. They were members of the Senior Citizen Center in Capitan, where he loved to play pool. They moved to Andrews in 2016 to be closer to their son, and they were member of the Andrews Senior Citizen Center and Second Baptist Church. He is a life member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed hunting, antique cars, and woodworking. He was a quiet man but was always thinking and using his Math skills throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 brothers, Elmer Robert Mason and Leslie Lowell Mason.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mollie Nell Cooper Mason of Andrews, son, Jerry Wayne Mason and wife, Donna, of Midland, daughter, Janell Mason of Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2 brothers, Donald L. Mason and wife, Peggy, of Roswell, New Mexico, James Leo Mason of Dallas, sister, Joy Campbell and husband, Ken, of Fort Collins, Colorado, 5 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Second Baptist Church, 107 NW 7th Street, Andrews, Texas 79714 and to the New Mexico Commission for the Blind, 2200 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106.
The family would like to thank their family, friends, church members, and Permian Residential Care Center and PRMC Hospice for their excellent care.