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Obituary for BLONDELL SAMUEL MASON, SR.
My father taught us "honor your mother and father and your days will be long (Exodus 20:12)". Blondell honored his parents and their teachings of loving unconditionally, and being a corner stone of the community. At the age of 98, God sent his angels for the soul of Blondell Samuel Mason Sr. on November 7, 2015. Blondell was born September 5, 1917 in Baltimore, MD to Johnny and Annie Mason. He was the fifth child born of six siblings: Bernard, Edna, John "Willie”, George "Emory”, Lawrence, and Sardonya who all preceded him in death. At the age of six he moved to Island Creek from Baltimore when his beloved mother died. He attended The Pink School, owned by the black community, through the sixth grade. He ended his schooling in order to work with his father. As a teenager, Blondell worked on a fishing boat as the head cook.
As a young man, he traveled in an ice truck with his brother Willie delivering ice from the Hudson River all over the east coast. Later, he worked on the Briscoe farm in Island Creek, MD, then he worked at the Warren Denton Oyster House in Broomes Island, MD. Finally, he retired from the Kilby Construction Company (now K&P Builders, Inc.) after 20 years of service.
During his working years, Blondell met Pinkie Bourne, love blossomed, and they married December 24, 1942. From this union came 9 children. Blondell raised his children in love and was a special father. His home was a place of fellowship for all. Anyone and everyone was welcomed into his home. Blondell was christened at Brooks Methodist Church where he was a member, and worked on the usher board. He became a member of the The Church of God, in Lothian, MD in the late 198o's. In later years he joined the Church of God in Staunton, VA. He faithfully trained his children and grandchildren in the church.
Blondell enjoyed watching baseball, the Price is Right, and Western TV programs with family members. He also enjoyed singing, and his favorite hymn to sing was "It’s Time to Live Holy."
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Pinkie Evelyn Mason, and his son Anthony Carlton Mason Sr. He leaves to mourn his children: Blondell Samuel Mason Jr. (Barbara), George Emory Mason Sr. (Velma),Pinkie Diane Strother (Robert), Gloria Viola Mason, Tara Fiorita Mason, Ricky O'brine Mason Sr.(Marilyn), John Braxton Mason, and Velvet Eleanor Wallace (Mark Sr.), a daughter-in-law Valerie, 25 grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren, family, and friends.