MAYFIELD -- Jerry Thomas Mason, 70, of Mayfield, Kentucky, passed away on Tuesday evening, March 14, 2017, the way he had always wanted: in the home he built, on the farm he loved, and holding the hands of his wife and son.
Jerry was born and raised in Mayfield before leaving in 1966 to serve his country with courage and distinction in the Vietnam War. Upon returning to the U.S. he went to work in Chicago, Illinois, servicing loans with his close friend Don Messenger. While briefly staying with Don, a pretty young lady next door came over to borrow a cup of sugar and introduce herself to her handsome new neighbor. The ploy worked and on August 3, 1968, he and Sid were married and began their long and love-filled marriage of almost 50 years. Their adventure together was made even more special by the arrival of a son, Michael Glen, in August 1972.
Having developed a great interest and aptitude in banking services, he pursued the best opportunities and challenges he could find, moving to Indiana and later to Paducah, Kentucky where his son was born. Soon thereafter he moved to Brentwood, Tennessee, to become an Executive Vice-President of United American, a large bank headquartered in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Continuing to rise rapidly, he then served as the president of several banks in the Nashville area.
He had great success in serving the communities in which he worked, and in leading, creating, expanding and merging banks and bank holding companies, and in providing consultation services to other banks and large corporations. He became well-known in the industry for going in and saving banks that struggled with regulatory and or operational issues.
In 1990 he returned to Mayfield, Kentucky, to help care for his aging parents. Upon returning to his boyhood home, he became the President of the Fancy Farm Credit Union where he proudly served the communities of Fancy Farm, Mayfield and surrounding areas until his retirement in 2014, after overseeing its merger with Signet Federal Credit Union. He also worked as a real estate agent and liked designing and renovating homes. He spent his free time reading as well as enjoying the outdoors, hunting and golfing with family and friends.
Jerry was a great husband and amazing dad. He was fiercely loyal to his family and friends, well-known for his honesty and strong work ethic, was well-liked and greatly respected by his industry peers and others, and was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to enjoy the love and support of a great number of family and friends in his final days. His family would note that he was honored and touched to learn how many people admired, loved and respected him, and thank all of those who made the end easier.
He is survived by his wife, Sidney Lynn (Eby/Hewitt) of Mayfield, Kentucky; his son, Michael Mason of Franklin, Tennessee; his younger sister, Diane Henderson of Mayfield, Kentucky; his niece, Mandy Leech Brooks (Jodie) of Murray, Kentucky and their children, his beloved nephews, Caden and Colton Brooks. He has also shared a lot of life, love and laughs with a large number of nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews on his wife Sid's side.
Preceding him in death were his father, Glen Thomas Mason, his mother, Bernice Chapman Mason and far too soon his younger brother, Johnny Wayne Mason, and Johnny's son, Brian Wayne Mason.
A memorial visitation will be held from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home, 1223 West Broadway, Mayfield, KY 42066, which will be followed by a brief graveside service with military honors at the Hollan Cemetery, where he will join his parents, brother and many other family members who have long since passed.
Because he proudly served on the committee to maintain this small private cemetery, expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: The Hollan Cemetery Fund. 8105 State Route 58 East, Mayfield, KY 42066. Others may want to consider a contribution to the hospice program at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky, in light of the wonderful care and compassion that they showed him in his final days.
You may also leave a message of condolences at www.rdbrownfh.com.