May 13, 1908 - July 17, 1957
|Walter C. Mason was born in Charleston, West Virginia on May 13 1908. He was married to Edith Hysell on October 19, 1935. t o this union was born one daughter, Mary Ella Mason, on October 30, 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Brother Mason received his education in West Virginia and in Virginia. He came to Louisiana in 1935 and received his first appointment as Junior Preacher, supply, of the Houma and French Mission Charge whose Pastor was Rev. J. W. Booth. He was admitted on Trial in 1939 received into full connection in 1941, ordained Deacon in 1942, and ordained Elder in 1943.
Brother Mason served the following charges in the Louisiana Conference: Lockport, Haughton, Marksville; Gordon Avenue, Monroe; (he organized Memorial Methodist Church, Monroe and was its first pastor): Clinton, Ferriday; McGuire Memorial, West Monroe; Plain Dealing, Trout.
The year 1954 was a hard year for Brother Mason. His wife had a long lingering illness and passed away. He lost his health and had to retire He tried valiantly to make a comeback. He served part of a year at Trout when his health tailed again. After a long lingering illness he went to be with God on July 17 1957.
Brother Mason had a radiant heart. He was a natural-born optimist. When I think of him, I think of laughter - laughter in spite of tears: I am sure he has gone to that wonderful place “where God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes, and there shall be no more death”.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 181, 1958 by A. W. Townsend, Jr.|