Paul M. Mason

Published 2:23 pm Monday, April 21, 2014

IVOR—Gunnery Sgt. Paul “Gunny” Michael Mason, USMC, retired, 77, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

He was a member and deacon of Millfield Baptist Church as well as a member of the Franklin VFW. Mr. Mason was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Helen McQuade Mason; his brother, Thomas Mason; and his sister, Patricia Conway.

Mr. Mason was a decorated Marine who has seen many battles with tours in both Korea and Vietnam. His awards are as follows: Purple Heart (2nd award), Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation (2nd award), Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct (6th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Recruiting Ribbon, Marine Security Guard Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Citation and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda S. Peaco-Mason; daughters, Michelle Mason Alston and her husband, Keith, and Wendy Charlie; sons, Paul Michael Mason Jr. and his wife, Sonya, and Wade Charlie; grandchildren, Darran and Emily Mason; brothers, Kimbel Mason, Richard Mason and James Mason; numerous nieces and nephews who include a very special niece, Maire Mason Coyne, and her family of New York; and his church family at Millfield Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends Monday, April 21, at R.W. Baker and Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel, 11414 General Mahone Highway, Wakefield, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The graveside service with full military honors will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery with Rev. Brooks Gale officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gunny may be made to either Kip West Outdoors/Wounded Warrior Project at, or to Millfield Baptist Church, 31389 Millfield Rd., Wakefield, VA 23888.

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