ForeverMissed

 God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be.

So He put His arms around you and whispered come with me.

With tearful eyes we watched and saw you pass away.

Although we love you dearly we could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

Rest in Peace, Dear Father. 

We will always remember you with Joy.

 

 

Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on June 22, 2015
Happy Father's Day, Dad. I love you with the deepest love still. I miss you more than words could ever express but I know with complete confidence that I'll see you again some day. You are still my heart, my first love. I remember each detail of you. How could I ever forget? You, Dear Father, are completely unforgettable. I love you, Lisa.
Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on October 16, 2014
It's been 4 years, Daddy.  I can't really find the words to express the depth of my pain at losing you. I have learned that it will never really go away but that some days are easier than others. Today is not that day. I miss you so much it physically hurts. I hope with all my heart you know how tremendously you were and still are loved. I will lovecyou always.
Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on July 8, 2014
My dear father...I miss you so much. I still hear your lessons in my head and heart.  You will always be with me. I see your smile everyday when I look in the mirror and it makes me smile even more. I love you. Thank you all you did for me. You were an awesome father and I will be so happy to see you again.
Posted by Alan Zukor on October 25, 2013
See you in heaven pal.
Posted by Leslie Mason on April 6, 2013
Happy Birthday, Daddy! I wish you were here to share it. I was thinking about all the times I tried to get you to promise that you would stay until you were at least 85, and you always refused to make that promise. I wish you had. You always kept your promises to me. I miss you...love you.
Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on April 6, 2013
Daddy, Happy 81st Birthday. I miss you so much. Sometimes the pain is still so raw, I don't know how we've made it 2.5 years without you but somehow we have. I have. I had some dark days when you went to Heaven but I'm better now. I know I'll see you again and while I know that I have a lot of work to finish here, I can't wait to see your handsome face again. I love you, Daddy.
Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on February 22, 2013
Daddy, today is Mom's birthday. Can you tell her we love her? :)
Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on February 22, 2013
My Dear Daddy. Words cannot express...you are still with us in thought and spirit. I wish I could hear your voice and your laughter once more. Occasionally, you'll come to me in my dreams. I treasure them and hate to awaken and find you gone. I can't wait to see you again. Missing you as much now as then. Love you.
Posted by Reese Smith on November 28, 2012
I have never met you, the Mason family and friends. I just wanted to say your memorial is incredibly moving. I pray God will continue to strengthen you. I hope, you can also take comfort in Revelation 21:4: "[God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more…the former things have passed away."
Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on October 19, 2012
Daddy, I'm thinking of you, as always.  Seems like you are on my heart and mind even more so now. Maybe it's because it's the Fall and that's when you went to Heaven. Whatever the reason, I enjoy sweet memories of you. I can't wait to see you and Momma again. I love you.
Posted by Marissa Mason on October 18, 2012
Dear Grandpa,
     Grandpa, I miss your personality with your dry humor and quiet love. You were the closest thing i had to a father and i will always respect you to tha fullest! you are one of the strongest men i kno and the pride, honesty& strength u showed the family wont be forgotten. "The Man of our Family".. missed untill we meet again!
Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on October 16, 2012
Daddy, my heart and my soul still ache after 2 years. I miss you with all my heart. I wish I could just talk to you, tell you about what's happening in my life and hear you laugh. You are my forever love. Sleep peacefully, Dearest Daddy.
Posted by Leslie Mason on October 16, 2012
Two long years, and I still miss my Daddy. He will be forever in my heart. Love never dies.
Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on June 17, 2012
Daddy, you are still such a huge part of my life. I didn't think I could live without you...yet my heart continues to go on beating. How could that be? And so it goes. I'm okay. I'm learning each and everyday how to live without you in my shadow. It's been hard but I'm getting stronger. I will love you eternally. This Father's Day, I remember and honor you with nothing but LOVE.
Posted by Aigne Cox on June 22, 2011
I sit here thinking of you, thinking of the moments I wanted to share with you and thankful for the ones we had. Time has moved on and I have had to move on with it, but I will always remember you and cherish everything about you.
Posted by Lisa Minter on May 4, 2011
I don't even know how to start this Daddy. You've got to know how much we would miss you. My heart cries for you everyday and I just want to hear your voice. I want to hear you say "Hey Kid," like you used to do when I called. I love you, Poppy.
Posted by Leslie Mason on April 6, 2011
Happy Birthday, Daddy! I remember all the times I tried to get you to promise that you would be here until you were at least 85, and you never would promise. You wouldn't ever make a promise that you weren't sure you could keep. Love you always.
Posted by Leslie Mason on January 24, 2011
Just thinking about you yet again, Daddy. Thinking about how there is just no way to be prepared to lose someone you love so much. Can't wait to see you again.
Posted by Marcus Mason on January 19, 2011
Grandpa I miss you more and more each day and today you just won't leave my thoughts. I just started following the same path that you walked (you know what I mean) so that hopefully I can be atleast half the man that you were. I miss you and love you forever.
Posted by Leslie Mason on January 19, 2011
It's been three long months without Daddy, and there is still a gaping hole in my heart. I will never be the same, life will never be the same, and I'm still struggling with that.
Posted by Lisa Minter on January 18, 2011
Daddy, Some days it seems like it's getting easier and then there are days when it all seems so unreal and I'm back at square one. My heart aches for the sound of your voice and to see your smile. My heart shall always remember. You will forever be missed.
Posted by Lisa Minter on December 27, 2010
I hope you like the song, Daddy. It really reminds me of how you lived your life. On your terms. :)
Posted by Lisa Minter on December 27, 2010
Each day brings a new memory. I believe these are gifts from you. Thank you, Daddy.
Posted by Leslie Mason on December 26, 2010
This is my first Christmas without you Daddy, and I miss you more than you know.
Posted by Leslie Mason on December 11, 2010
I will forever love you Daddy. I miss you every day.
Posted by Lisa Minter on December 10, 2010
Dear Daddy, It's been almost 2 months now since you've gone to Heaven. I miss you as much now or even more than the day you left. It still doesn't seem real. You were such a huge part of my life and now there is this big hole where you were. I'm trying to stay strong, Dad. Another candle for you, Daddy.
Posted by Lisa Minter on October 26, 2010
Dad, it's only been a week and a few days since you left us. I miss you more each day and I know that you miss us, too. But I also know you are in a better place and happy and this brings me so much joy. I love you, Daddy. So much.
Posted by Marcus Mason on October 26, 2010
Grandpa, I will always love you and miss you and I want to thank you for being a great inspiration on my life. I will always carry on your spirit and make certain that you are never forgotten. I hope that you are proud of me because I will always be proud to have had YOU as my grandfather. Save a place for me next to you when I make it to heaven. Until then rest peacefully next to Jesus.
Posted by michael mason on October 25, 2010
GOD BLESSED YOU UNCLE,YOU WERE FUNNY LOVING AND KIND TO ME...I THANK GOD FOR YOU..
Posted by Lurine Mason on October 22, 2010
You were loving to your children, loving to all your family and friends, fun loving, funny and you will always be those things to me. 

Always love,

Laverne.
Posted by Pamela Mason on October 22, 2010
Uncle Billy" You will truly be missed by the entire Mason's in Michigan. I will never forget the last time you came to our house, you had us laughing so much I could not stop. You have always been in my heart it hurts so much to let you go be with my Dad and grandma but you will forever be in my heart like I know we are in your heart. I love you so much!
Posted by Aigne Cox on October 21, 2010
Thinking about the man my grandpa was, I realize that no man is perfect, but they have the choice to step up and be a man. I always saw my grandpa strong and dependable. I pray that the men in my family are able to look at his life and become better men because of what they have seen, the good and bad. Learn from whatever mistakes he made, because that is what he would expect of them.
Posted by Aigne Cox on October 20, 2010
I completely agree with Dani, Grandpa didn't care who it was, he was going to tell things the way they were. If you didn't like it, then it was up to you to deal with it. He was blunt honest, and I always respected and even depended on him to be this way. I appreciated knowing that my grandpa would always be honest with me, even if it hurt my feelings. He was a true man.
Posted by Danielle Minter on October 20, 2010
He was the most honest man I know. If he said it, it was true regardless of what other's may have thought. I could always count on him to tell it like it is. He was a strong man who can never be replaced. There will never be another Big Bill. You were truely one in a million. Dani
Posted by patricia mason on October 19, 2010
I will miss you very much



        yvette
Posted by Marcus Mason on October 19, 2010
Grandpa, words cannot express the pain I feel now that you are gone. My heart has been broken and my mind is lost. But I am comforted by the fact that you are now with Jesus and it is because of you that on yesterday, I accepted Christ into my life as well. Even in death you still inspire me to be like you and that is truly amazing to me. Rest peacefully and enjoy your new home. Love you grandpa.
Posted by Lisa Minter on October 18, 2010
Daddy,

They say memories are golden, well maybe that is true.
We never wanted memories, we only wanted you.
A million times we needed you, a million times we cried.
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane,
We’d walk the path to Heaven and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

We will ALWAYS love you,
Lisa, Leslie, David and Billy
Posted by Izetta Sparks on October 18, 2010
Mr Mason was my second dad and I will forever hold on too those precious memories that me and my family shared.Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. PSALM 30;5 Casting all your care upon Him,for He cares for you.PETER5;7 Love Always Izetta, Terry, Larry Carmen & Eugene & Laurie and Clara Family God Bless
Posted by Aigne Cox on October 18, 2010
You always were the image of the things a man needs to be in my life. You were strong, honest and a great provider for your family. You were consistent and dependable. I wish I had had more time with you growing up, but glad I became closer to you as I got older. You are my inspiration. I want to be better because of you. When I graduate in May, that degree will belong to you. I love you
Posted by Lisa Minter on October 18, 2010
Daddy, I will ALWAYS love you and will FOREVER miss you. You were larger than life and I will always treasure what you gave me. I love you, Daddy.

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Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on June 22, 2015
Happy Father's Day, Dad. I love you with the deepest love still. I miss you more than words could ever express but I know with complete confidence that I'll see you again some day. You are still my heart, my first love. I remember each detail of you. How could I ever forget? You, Dear Father, are completely unforgettable. I love you, Lisa.
Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on October 16, 2014
It's been 4 years, Daddy.  I can't really find the words to express the depth of my pain at losing you. I have learned that it will never really go away but that some days are easier than others. Today is not that day. I miss you so much it physically hurts. I hope with all my heart you know how tremendously you were and still are loved. I will lovecyou always.
Posted by Lisa Mason Minter on July 8, 2014
My dear father...I miss you so much. I still hear your lessons in my head and heart.  You will always be with me. I see your smile everyday when I look in the mirror and it makes me smile even more. I love you. Thank you all you did for me. You were an awesome father and I will be so happy to see you again.
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Shared by V. M. on October 21, 2010

 

Memories:

 

CBD (Cousin Billy D.)…..Mama Jean’s nephew…..My grandmother.  Mama Jean’s older brother’s (Taylor Mason) son (Billy D. Mason)……..Wow.

CBD was the final Mason in that tier!

I remember visiting and staying with my Missouri Family in the summer months - Of course those were my younger days.  CBD was always a sign of strength to me…..More specifically his face.  His face would tell me everything.  His forehead, his eyebrows, his deep set eyes perched slightly above his strong high cheek bones………his lips moving outward to display those “beautiful bright teeth” which would relax everyone and draw folks to him.  Next, hearing his deep well arranged words flowing out of his mouth…

....Such Courage, Such Pose, Such Knowledge, Such Structure, Such Determination, Such Command Presence, Such Control, and Such Character……and if you happened to look deep into his eyes as he spoke…..You felt those words…….Just thinking about it brings “chills” to me…..He was such a MAN!

Now, let’s not forget that “perfectly positioned” toothpick between his lips as he continued sharing his knowledge of life in terms of challenges and successes….Whether I was talking with him on the telephone or sitting with him in Kentucky, Missouri, or California….He was always a “source of strength”.  He had this “radiant glow” about him that commanded you to stop whatever you were doing and listen to him…..

When I would look up and see his face or hear that voice…..I knew that I came from a “Courageous Stalk” and that "nothing was impossible".

Thank you, CBD, for carrying our torch!  I salute you and I love you!  Just know that we “all” must now carry your torch.  And believe me, I shall.

 

Continued love and support,

 

VM and Family (Your California Family)

PS: I sit here looking at a photograph that was taken in the 1800s of my great grandfather Lee Mason-----your grandfather…..And I see that same “strength and character”.

You will be missed, but never forgotten.

A Realist

Shared by Lisa Minter on October 18, 2010

One of the main attributes that Dad had was that he was a realist.  He always wanted us to deal with our problems proactively.   He didn't deal with "what ifs", he dealt with "what is."

It's this same attitude that's going to get us through the tough times now and in life.  "What ifs" are full of regret but when you deal with "what is" you can begin to move forward. 

That's not to say that he wasn't hopeful because he was, but when you address a situation head-on, you take the lead and you own it.  It doesn't own you.

Thanks for life lessons, Dad.