James C. Mason
February 7, 2015
JAMES CLYDE MASON, affectionately known as “Snookie”, “Mace”, "Clyde" and "Pop-Pop" was born to Eugene Timothy Mason Sr and Annie Appling Mason on March 2, 1943 at Freedman's Hospital in Washington, DC. He was the youngest of three sons, was preceded in death by his two brothers, Eugene Timothy Jr and Albert Moses. “Clyde” attended DC Public Schools and graduated from McKinley Technical High School in 1961. It was there that he met and fell in love with the beautiful Brenda Catherine "Big Legs" Carter who became his bride soon after graduation.
He worked several jobs before obtaining an printing apprenticeship at The Washington Post. His event-filled years in the news industry running presses caused him to immerse himself so much in world events that he was always a marvelous communicator on any issue. He hung up his apron and retired from the Washington Post after 20+ years of service.
He loved his family, Brenda's cooking, the Redskins, his guitar, westerns, tennis, photography, burgundy & silver, and his baby - his motorcycle on which he took many trips with his road dawg, Curtis (Cpt. CurtRock). He was always the host with the most, a comedian, entertainer, trash talker, great communicator who established quick rapport with people. He was well loved and still enjoyed lifetime friendships. Children loved him and would listen to his stories, wisdom, guidance and on occasion, his exaggerations. He was such a compassionate man - a giver to all in need if he had it. In a funny twist of fate, what he did for others, he neglected to do for himself - neglected to use his own wisdom and advice in caring for himself. Last year, his loving wife of 51 years, Brenda, died suddenly. It was a blow from which he'd never recovered. The wind had left his sail. His health failed quickly and too soon, he was gone.
He leaves to cherish and mourn his greatness - 3 children: Crystal, James (Demetra), Joel; 12 grandchildren - Jasmine, Keionna, Lauren, Che, Trevon, Jade, Zion, LaRon, Danielle, Shawn, Ricardo and Jessica; 1 great-grand-daughter; 3 nieces - Katana Mason Dixon, Alexia Mason and Carinne Mason Tucker; a host of other relatives and friends.
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