Robert "Mason" Linker III

December 16, 1969May 9, 2019

Robert “Mason” Linker, III, age 49, passed away on May 9, 2019 of natural causes. Mason was born in Winston-Salem on December 16, 1969. He graduated from Mount Tabor High School in 1988 where he played varsity baseball and soccer. Mason went on to get his bachelors degree from High Point University where he studied journalism and communication and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After graduating in 1992, Mason worked with the Winston Salem Journal for 23 years as prep writer covering high school sports. He was honored by the NC High School Athletic Association by receiving the Tim Stevens Medial Representative of the Year award. Mason treasured the friendships he made with co-workers, athletic administrators, coaches and players throughout his time at the Journal. Mason also co-authored and published three hardcover collegiate children’s mascot books for Wake Forest, High Point and NC State with his lifelong friend Chip Crutchfield. Mason loved fishing at the coast for flounder, Kodiak, routing for the Redskins, and watching the Braves. As much as he loved the Redskins, he had equal disdain for the Dallas Cowboys. Most of all, he enjoyed his time with his family, whether it was playing baseball with his son or spending quality time with his daughter. In addition to Mason’s many talents, one of his greatest gifts was the ability to make anyone laugh in any situation. He is survived by his wife, Kristin Hill Linker; daughter Molly and son Bo; parents, Mason and Martha Linker; sister, Mary Margaret Clark; brother-in-law, Neil Clark; nieces, Martha Wood Clark and Jane Clark; in-laws, David and Janet Hill; and many close friends. A memorial service will be held Monday, May 13th at 2pm at Centenary UMC, 646 W 5th Street, Winston Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Chris Paul Family Foundation.


  • Kristin Hill Linker, Wife
  • Molly Linker, Daughter
  • Bo Linker, Son
  • Mason Linker, Father
  • Martha Linker, Mother
  • Mary Margaret Clark, Sister
  • Neil Clark, Brother-in-law
  • Martha Wood Clark, Niece
  • Jane Clark, Niece
  • David Hill, Father-in-law
  • Janet Hill, Mother-in-law

  • Chris Paul Family Foundation


  • Funeral Service Monday, May 13, 2019


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Paul Mistor

May 13, 2019

I met Mason through Bo's baseball teams. Mason was always there to help out and had a kind word for everyone. He was fun to be around. Kristin, Molly, and Bo : Sending healing prayers and comforting thoughts. I am so, so sorry for your loss...

Dee Bulla

May 12, 2019

I met Mason in my career as an AD and football coach while at Asheboro HS. He was always very cordial and knowledgeable as a writer but was just a great person. I had the privilege of working with him at Cook’s Sporting Goods the last couple of years. If I ever needed anything or a ear to bend, Mason was always there. He loved his wife, his 2 children and people dearly. Hats off to you Mason-I am very blessed and honored to call you my friend

The Redfield Family

May 12, 2019

It's tough to hear the news of Mason's passing, particularly since we saw him just this past week as he cheered on Bo's (and our son's) team. Having shared time on the field and in the dugout with him both during the seasons and in All Stars, I will always remember that Mason always had a kind word for all of the boys (and parents), reminding them that a loss just meant another opportunity to get better and make the next practice count. He was an encouragement to so many, smiling, chuckling, and truly enjoying life at Dalton Field. As cliche as it sounds, the games really will not be the same without him. I'll miss hearing his "Go get 'em, Bo!" Prayers lifted for all of you as you learn to manage life without him.

Rodney Cline

May 12, 2019

Kristin, Molly, & Bo : Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so, so sorry for your loss...

Scott Humphrey

May 12, 2019

I loved seeing Mason covering my Baseball games! He was as excited as I was when we won and very dignified if we lost! He always asked how I was doing before he began any interviews. Of course, Mason was a teammate. A teammate for life! Gonna miss you buddy! RIP!

Colleen Fields

May 12, 2019

Deepest condolences Mason, many prayers are with you and family
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Dee Bell

May 10, 2019

I will miss you my friend I got n wsfc HOF today. I got in because of the articles you wrote about my team Mrs Linker sorry for your loss!

Dr. Patrick Haun

May 10, 2019

An honest, caring, selfless, thoughtful individual to everyone he touched. My deepest sympathy to his family; however, let us rejoice in the fact that we have a new ally in heaven.... forever in ppka.

Alyssa Froelich

May 10, 2019

I could write a book on the memories I have of Mason, the love of his family, and many, many hours spent with all of you. If I could choose a few words to describe Mason, they would be boundless humor, fun, and love. Each of you holds a special place in my heart and I am so terribly sorry for the pain you are enduring now. My heart is with you all as you walk through this heartbreaking time.