Barbara JoAnne Mason

November 19, 1935June 10, 2018
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Barbara JoAnne Mason, 82, from Odessa, Texas died Sunday, June 10, 2018, after a brief illness. JoAnne was born November 19, 1935, in Clovis, New Mexico. Her parents, E.L. (Buster) Cochran and Mary Alice Cochran preceded her in death. JoAnne grew up in Bovina, Texas and graduated from high school in Farwell, Texas. JoAnne married Charles Mason in 1954 and they made their home in Odessa, Texas. They later moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, and later built their dream home in retirement in Kerrville, Texas. They spent their retired years woodworking, enjoyed traveling, and selling their creations. JoAnne was a hairdresser as well as a homemaker and was always involved in her church home in every city they lived. She was the director of Community Bible Study in Corpus Christi, Texas for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Kerrville, Texas, where she taught women’s Sunday school for over 20 years. She later joined Immanuel Baptist Church after moving back to Odessa in 2015, where she resided at Brookdale Assisted Living facility and made her home there. JoAnne is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wayne Mason. She is survived by her son Gary Mason and wife, Merryanne of Odessa, and her son Michael Mason and his wife, Julie of Wichita Falls as well as grandchildren Brady, Brittany, Mikayla, Morgun and Myles, sisters Nema Walker, Bonnie Heald & husband Mac. As one of her very close friends wrote so eloquently in her daily journal after hearing the news, “Jesus, Jo is with you singing clearly, quoting your word with clarity, walking, talking and praying with you. Isn’t that a glorious picture of what she is doing today? May we honor her influence in our lives by doing the same from here until we can join their circle.” Services will be held Friday, June 15, 2018, at 2:00 pm at Immanuel Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas. Her dear friend and former Worship Pastor, James Ervin, will be speaking and providing music. Pastor Landon Coleman will be officiating. In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Immanuel Baptist Church Mission in Odessa.


  • Gary Mason and wife Merryanne, Son
  • Michael Mason and wife Julie, Son
  • Nema Walker, Sister
  • Bonnie Heald and husband Mac, Sister
  • Grandchildren: Brady, Brittany, Mikayla, Morgun, and Myles


  • Celebration of Life Friday, June 15, 2018

Barbara JoAnne Mason

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June 16, 2018


On my first visit to First Baptist Church, Kerrville I sat down next a young lady (Sandy Carter) and expressed to her that I would like to visit a ladies Sunday School class and immediately she told me
that I must visit JoAnne Mason's class. She told me about what a wonderful teacher you were. It
only took one visit for me to know that I wanted to be a member of your class. You were pretty
both inside and out.

I remember the last phone conversation we had after you moved away. Charles was gone and I had
just lost John. Your comfort to me was that they were in Heaven waiting for us. Now you are there
and what a blessing that you do not have to suffer anymore.

Jackie Clark

Sunrise Baptist Church, Kerrville, Tx

June 15, 2018

In this sorrowful time, the Sunrise Baptist
Church family extends to you and your
family our heartfelt condolences. May
our Lord comfort and bless you. If we
can be of assistance, please contact us at
830-893-8731. “Let us then approach
the throne of grace with confidence, so
that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Hebrew 4:16 (NIV)

Toni Carter

June 15, 2018

Dearest JoAnne, So hard to believe that outside of Heaven, we won't see your sweet face, beautiful smile, or hear your fun joyous laugh again,

Thank you, JoAnne for the impact you made in my life. And, thank you Abba Father for the privilege of knowing her. You gave outstanding teaching of God's Word, encouraging conversations, sympathetic hugs, shared tears, directing critical Scripture memorization, and you stood firm.

A few memories deserve mention. One in particular will never fade as long as Kerrville exists. Our faces, - yours, mine, and many from your former Ruth S.S. Class - are captured and placed forever inside, on The Cross at The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden. We met with founder Max Greiner with our sack lunches and heard how God moved to bring The Cross to where it stands. He took that photo of us all that day. Of all the photos taken there, he chose ours to place permanently in The Cross! How you loved going to The Cross for desperate prayer and praise. I will be eternally grateful for your support of my son, Cameron (later his family) during all the years he was a missionary in Venezuela, then Colombia. You raised support, and we re-saled together for baby clothes for them. And, then there was the Sunday in late Winter of 2015, when you and about a half dozen of us walked down the aisle together and moved our membership to Trinity Baptist Church. What a happy group. Joyous. Praising. You became the prayer leader in our new Sunday school class and began substitute teaching in the absence of another teacher. We all thrived. I can look around the sanctuary and see dozens of womens' faces that you have taught. What a legacy! We will always carry your teaching, mentoring, joy of the Lord, and memories of your fun and memorable sayings.

Whether reading an inspirational book/devotional, having a prayer need/answer, or a praise, there will be sadness we can't share it together. One day, though.

Forever in my heart. I love you and miss you!

Opal Durham

June 13, 2018

JoAnne you will be missed by many. Love you. Remembering all our Wednesday meetings at Whataburger with the WWW. Then praying at your kitchen table. What wonderful memories they are. Also you as my Sunday Morning teacher. No one can replace you. You were a wonderful friend, teacher, prayer warrior. You will never be forgotten. Give Annette a hug for me. Love you, Opal

Debbie Mathis Gooch

June 13, 2018

I loved JoAnne. She cut my hair and my moms. She cut my long locks off and was more afraid than I was. Loved to hear her sing too. I am sure there is a happy reunion going on in heaven. She also passed on the same day as my mom, but mom 3 yrs ago.

Christy-McCool hubbard

June 13, 2018

I will never forget the time she sang solo at church at Christmas . Her voice was so beautiful- I became so overwhelmed. it made me cry. A Beautiful woman inside and out .
Rest in Peace. Love Christy

Denise LeMeilleur

June 11, 2018

JoAnne you are an inspiration to everyone who knew you. Your spiritual wisdom and discernment greatly influenced my life and I am sure the many who knew you. Your thriftiness was admirable, taking someone's old clothing and making it look fashionable at a reasonable price, simply amazing! Always good at a hand of mexican train, I will cherish those memories of playing train watching the new year roll in. So blessed God put you in our lives and both David and I celebrate your homecoming! I am sure God looked at you and said, "well done". Love you and I know we will see each other someday!