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Richard Burnett Mason, age 81, passed away on Sunday, December 23, at Springfield Place in Newberry, SC. Originally from High Point, North Carolina, he is predeceased by his parents, Burnett Mason, of Cocoa, FL and by C. Virginia (Kitty) Silman Mason.

Richard is survived by his former wives, Jo Ann Sowers Mason, of Union, SC, and Rita Laxton Harmon Mason, of Spartanburg, SC. He is also survived by his children: Richard (Rick) Mason, Jr. and wife, Janet, of Forest City, NC; Leigh A. Ringer and husband, Cecil, of Boiling Springs, SC; Carol A. Martin, and husband, Chris, of Charleston, SC; and Julie M. Goley and husband, Rick, of N. Augusta, SC; and Brent Harmon and wife, Joanne, of Greer, SC. He is likewise survived by his grandchildren--Meredith Mason Street, and husband, Austin, of Forest City, NC; Mary Hope Martin, Walker Martin, and Harrison Martin of Charleston, SC; and Thomas Goley of N. Augusta, SC; and one beautiful great-granddaughter, Gabriella Harmon, of Greer, SC.

Richard, or 'Rick', as many knew him, received his BS degree in Business Administration from High Point College, where he was a member of the PIKA fraternity. In college, he joined the US Army, where he was a veteran of eight years in the Army Reserves and in the National Guard. He enjoyed a long career in textile management, employed by Greensboro Manufacturing, and in more recent years by Skyland Textiles in Forest City, NC, followed by Her Majesty, Inc. in Union, SC. In latter years, he also worked as a small business realtor/broker for Sun Belt Properties in Spartanburg, SC.

In his adolescent years, Richard became involved in Soap Box Derby racing in High Point, NC, winning Derbys in Winston-Salem and High Point, and eventually won his way to the National Championship in Akron, OH. Music and drama were his favorite pastimes. He was in choirs both at school and in churches. In college, he sang bass with "The Garnets" quartet. As an adult, he was in numerous musical dramas at Isothermal Community College and in Union. He was a lover and semi-expert of 50's music, old cars and NC style BBQ. He was first a member of the United Methodist faith, and later the Southern Baptist faith.

A private memorial service will be held in the chapel of McSwain-Evans Funeral Home in Newberry, SC on Monday, December 24, 2018at 10:00 am Burial of cremains will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in High Point, NC at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Lighthouse Hospice, 110 Oak Park Drive, Unit C in Irmo, SC 29063; High Point University, 1 University Parkway in High Point, NC 27268; or to the ministry or charity of ones' choice.




#3 Becki McSwain 2018-12-26 11:51
Dear Leigh,

We are so sorry for your loss. Mom had just told me that your dad was at Springfield.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Becki and Mrs. Julia McSwain
#2 Dave Wood 2018-12-24 06:32
I went to HIgh Point HIgh with Richard and have many fond memories of him. We sang in the choir and belonged to DeMolay. So sorry to hear of his death. He was a good friend.
#1 Sandra Hinson 2018-12-23 22:32
“Mr.Mason” as most of Us at Her Majesty called him, was loved at Her Majesty, he was always kind and soft spoken to all his employees. Mr. Mason may you Rest In Peace.