OBITUARY

Jimmy R. Mason

October 13, 1940July 3, 2012

Jimmy R. Mason passed from this world into the arms of our Heavenly Father on July 3, 2012.

He was born Oct. 13, 1940 to Clara Bob Harrison Hayes Winham and Jewy Claude Hayes in Junction City Arkansas.

Jimmy’s love of singing at a very young age led him to a lifetime of singing for Jesus. He would stand beside his Mothers piano and sing everyday- and he said she made him. He took lessons in school and became one of the most sought after tenors in this area beginning in his teenage years and lasted until he was in his mid 40’s. He was minister of music until he was in his late 50’s in several churches in El Dorado, Junction City, Norphlet, and Magnolia. Jimmy sang in some of the great choirs not only here in our area but also in Dallas, TX. He graduated from SAU Magnolia with a BA in Music-teaching music at Barton Jr. High for a short period of time.

He had a love for horses that began as a young boy taking hay string and catching neighbor’s horses and riding them bare back. He became a trainer of horses and trained just about every kind of horse there is. He always gave them back fully trained and ready to ride. He loved to tell stories about his beloved horse Tom Cat- who he had taught to play cowboys and indians.

Jimmy loved plays and performed in area plays off and on until he was in his late 50’s. He always played the lead in all the plays he did- and performed not only here in our area but also in Dallas during the short time he lived there.

Jimmy retired from Great Lakes Chemical as a Supervisor/manager after 32 years and was a member of Cross Life Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, stepfathers-Ray Mason and Morris Winham, and his grandmother Carrie Harrison.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years Susan Elizabeth, who was the love of his life, one daughter-Amanda Michelle Peedin (Israel) 3 sons- James Gregory Mason (Kathy) of Frisco, TX, Mark Steven Mason (Mona) and Christopher Hayes Mason both of El Dorado, and 6 grandchildren. One brother Johnny Mason (Bonnie) of Magnolia, AR, brother-in-laws- Taddy Fish (Bonnie) and Tom Fish, sister-in-laws-Lea Brown (Jim) Trisha Hurkes (Nicholas) and Kathy Jo Roberts (Rick), two sisters- Jerry Ormson of Tampa, FL and JoAnn Sulton of Magnolia, AR. Special friends Jeff, Jenifer, Colyn and Nolyn McLelland, Louis, Shirley, and Zzavin Meadows and Alvin Kelly.

Graveside services will be held at Roselawn Cemetery in Junction City at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012 with Rev. Tom Whitworth and Rev. Jim Brown officiating and under the direction of Young’s Funeral directors. The family will recieve friends Thursday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm at the funeral home.

Services

  • Graveside Service Friday, July 6, 2012
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Gwen Burchfield

July 12, 2012

Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Jim Spencer

July 10, 2012

Jimmy sang at my wedding in 1970. I will never forget his beautiful tenor voice. My condolences to Jimmy's family and many friends.

July 10, 2012

Sam - Sally and I were sadden by your loss. We were out of town last week and and just learned of your loss May God be with you and and Amanda.
Mark and Sally Baldwin

Jay and Myrt Barr

July 10, 2012

We learned things about Jimmy during the graveside service that I never knew. "He taught a horse to play TAG?" Anyone who loves animals belongs in my concept of Heaven.
Jay and Myrt Barr

Jamie Rhyan Armour

July 10, 2012

Susan and Amanda, Know that special thoughts and prayers will be said for you in the coming days. Faith, love and the memories you share will bring the light back to your days...

Ricky Green

July 7, 2012

Susan and Family, so sorry for your lost. There will be many hard times ahead of you. No more suffering for Jimmy, may the Lord give you peace. May God Bless.
Ricky Green & Family

James Barr, Jr.

July 7, 2012

Today's service was a celebration of a life well lived. May God bless and comfort you.

Henry Kinslow

July 6, 2012

The heavenly choir now has a new member. God bless you and your family.

July 6, 2012

I had the opportunity to meet Jimmy a few times in my life and I always thought, "what a wonderful person'. I only wish I could have gotten to know him better.
Bob Hayes
Prairieville La

Doylene Fox

July 5, 2012

My prayers are with you and your family. May God bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.