Billy Alfred Mason passed away on November 5, 2023, 6 days after his 98th birthday and met his son Don and his wife of 69 years, Helen, in Heaven.
Born in Mackenzie, Alabama on October 30, 1925, Billy soon moved to Houston and enjoyed running the dirt roads with his brothers and cousins, usually in a car he rebuilt and usually above the speed limit. After serving his country in the US Navy, he married Helen and there in Houston, raised their two children, Don and Laura, and worked for Shell Oil Company. Beginning as a mechanic and chauffeur for the President of Shell, he worked his way up to retirement after 30 years, often being consulted by executives for building specifications, solely based on his hard work, dedication, and knowledge of operations.
Throughout his life, Billy loved the outdoors, whether it be fishing, hunting, rebuilding an old Jeep with his nephew Travis or riding the innumerable number of tractors he owned…all of them managing to be flipped over, torn apart and rebuilt to be faster or work more efficiently, whether they needed it or not. Anyone that knew Billy knew he loved food-especially crab legs and fried shrimp. And he was never too full for a bowl or two of homemade vanilla ice cream. He lived a life full of love, generosity, and hard work. He will be missed by everyone that knew him and forever remembered as one of the good ones.
He is survived by his daughter Laura Anderson (Roy), sister Agnes Ramey, grand daughters Amy White (Mikey) and April Allen (Trent), great-grandchildren Evann (M’Kayla), Allison, Sydney, Pierce and Avery, great great-grandchildren Alice, Kain Mason and Silas.
Billy’s family would like to thank his caretaker, Teresa for her support and care for him as well as IPH Home Health Care for helping carry out his wishes of being at home during his final days. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
A graveside service will be held on Friday October 10th at 11:00 A.M. at Woodlawn Garden of Memories Cemetery, Houston.
In lieu of flowers, Billy asks that you contribute to the West Oaks Church building fund in West Columbia.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.ctbakerfuneral.com