Joe F. Mason, Jr, Coroner Wilkinson County

Joe F. Mason, Jr. (Irwinton) age 71 went home to be with the Lord on Monday February 4, 2008. Services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday at Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Morris Wood officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Mason was born in Wilkinson County March 19, 1936, he was the son of Joseph F. Mason, Sr. and Idell Whitaker Mason. He was preceded in death by two brothers Richard “Dick” Mason and Elton Durwood Mason. He was elected Mayor of Irwinton in 1956 and was the owner of Dixieland Motel & Restaurant for more than 30 years. He was the first county agent for Farm Bureau and was the Wilkinson County Coroner for 31 consecutive years. He also held the position of District Supervisor for the Central Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission and was awarded Conservationist of the Year. He received his degree as a Master Gardner in Organic Gardening. His love for God and Nature was working in his 12 acre organic natural garden everyday. He loved talking to people about the way he farmed and always had a positive outlook and saw the best in everyone he met and loved all his many garden buddies. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

His family was the most important thing in his life. He always taught them the value of love, honesty and forgiveness and to always do their best. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Jackie Justice Mason of McIntyre, his loving children; Joe F. Mason, III (Lynn) and Denise Mason Brinson (Phil) all of Irwinton, John Paul Mason (Celes) of Milledgeville, six grandchildren; Tania Mason Mitchell (Jonathan), Joseph Mason, Tyler Brinson, John Cody Mason, John Logan Mason and Olivia Mason, three brothers; John E. Mason (Dagma) and Larry Mason (Annette) all of Irwinton, Harold Mason (Brenda) of Milledgeville, two sisters; Winifred Wood (Morris) of Gray and Annie Rachael Loyd (Bo) of McIntyre. Memorial contribution may be made to the Georgia Cancer Specialist of Milledgeville.

Published in The Telegraph on 2/6/2008