Educator, athletic director and school board member were just a few things E.R. Mason will be remembered for, while many are remembering him as being a great friend.
Mason, who has served on the Clinton City Board of Education for the last 14 years, passed away Thursday following several months of health complications.
Carol Worley, current chairwoman of the CCS Board of Education, says she has known Mason for more than 10 years, and outside of working with him on the board, she and her family share a strong connection with the Mason family.
“Mr. Mason has always been very supportive and encouraging to me and my family,” Worley said about her relationship with the board member. “He is always sharing information to encourage myself, the children and my husband. He was most certainly a strong role model for me, my kids and the community.”
Like Worley, Dr. Bill Starling, Sampson Community College president, had the pleasure of working with Mason on the school board and knowing him on a personal level.
“I had the pleasure of working alongside Mr. Mason during his time as an administrator and later as a fellow board member,” Starling recalled. “I remember his heart, his care for students and faculty, his gentle and engaging nature when it was so important that the board find the common purpose we were elected to fulfill.”
As a retired educator, Worley says that Mason was the perfect fit for the board, having known and worked in various aspects of the educational field.
“He was a firm believer in education and wanted all kids to learn,” Worley shared. “He always said, ‘you can’t teach what you can’t control,’ and he strongly felt that was true.”
Throughout his 14 years on the board, Mason often spoke up about strong beliefs in a good discipline system and working with teachers to learn classroom management skills.
“Mr. Mason was always concerned about reaching all students and making sure their was fairness in the schools,” Worley said.
Dr. Stuart Blount, former superintendent with Clinton City Schools, who worked with Mason for six years, said it was both an honor and a privilege to work with someone who had such an expansive knowledge of education and brought so much to the table.
“I will remember him most for his sincere passion for the students,” Blount said. “He helped me as a superintendent during my tenor and provided such a great understanding on how the system works by providing insight into the education field.”
Having served in many areas of the system, Worley, Starling and Blount all agreed that Mason had a great vast of knowledge he shared with each of them throughout their years serving with him in the different capacities.
“Mr. Mason brought the wisdom of his years of service to all our board deliberations,” Starling said. “When I reflect upon my service with the members I was fortunate to serve with, Mr. Mason’s smile and warmth to me and my family will always be remembered. The Clinton City Schools and the community it serves lost a loved and respected advocate and friend. He gave a lifetime of service to all our young people.”
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