Stephen Allen Mason
Stephen Allen Mason, 38, of Ivor, Virginia passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Born January 10, 1982 in Hampton, Va., he was the youngest son of Edward Allen Mason, Jr. and Margaret Jane “Janie” Persinger Mason. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nancy Jane Persinger, Edward Allen Mason, Sr., and Elma Dean Bryant Mason; aunt, Nina Lou Persinger and uncle Donald R. Bracey. Most recently he had lost his only niece, Kaleigha Paige Mason, with whom he shared a special bond.
Along with his parents, left to cherish his memory are his siblings, Edward “Shane” Allen Mason, III, and Crystal Lynn Mason; nephews, Nathan Mason, Eli Mason, Caleb Mason, Jetti Mason and Brylee Dean Mason; great-nephew, Joshua Taylor “J.T.” Benton; uncles, Douglas Wayne Mason (Judi), Randy Persinger (DeLayne), Freddie Persinger (Shirley); aunt, Teresa Bracey; childhood singing partner and “adopted sister”, Shannon McCook; several cousins and extended family and many precious friends. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
Stephen formally worked at Busch Gardens as a lead supervisor and was working toward a career in the medical field at the time of his death.
Stephen had a huge heart and touched many lives by simply being himself. He had a special way of believing in the potential of those he loved, often helping them believe in themselves. He very rarely meant a stranger and was always ready, offering friendship, love, and support.
Stephen loved to perform and was very proud of his beautiful Tenor Voice. He began singing in Hampton Roads wherever he could at around the age of 10. One of his favorite places early on was "Donk's Theater, Virginia's Lil' Ole Opry" where he would frequently enter into their singing competition. By the age of 15, he had formed a partnership with Shannon McCook, and was performing up and down the East Coast as "A Lil Bit of Country". Together they performed at The Grand Olde Opry in Nashville, TN and at "The Pageant of Peace" for the White House Park Services in Washington D.C.
While attending Southampton High School he also studied Opera at the Governors School for the Arts at Old Dominion University, graduating from both in 2001. From there he went on to attend Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. Stephen was a member of the Virginia Opera where he performed as a Tenor for 2 years.
While in high school he was cast as the Lion in Franklin Little Theaters production of "The Wiz". He then went on to perform in a number of plays and musical productions with Thomas Nelson Theater, Norfolk Little Theater, Smithfield Little Theater and Williamsburg Little Theater. The majority of his community theater credits are with (PCT)Peninsula Community Theater, his home theater. In addition to performing in numerous plays and musicals at PCT he also was known to frequently run the Orchestrion, He was also the Director of "Always, Patsy Cline" and the one act opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
A Graveside service will be held at Ivor Cemetery on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 am, by Rev. Steven Brown. Following the service, the family invites you to join them in a Celebration of Life at 70 East Windsor Blvd. Windsor, VA. The family requests casual attire for the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Ivor Rescue Squad. The family is being served by R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel where condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.
Ivor, VA 23866