September 22, 1911
Drewry Mason was born in Russell county, Virginia, July 18th 1838, and departed this life August 10th, 1911 aged 73 years and 22 days. He was twice married, first to Miss Nannie Banner in the year 1875, who lived only a short time after the marriage. He was again married to Miss Nancy V. Dorton, April 1st 1878, who still survives him. To this union were born three children, Edward Mason, of Moccasin Valley, John Mason, of Mason's Store, both of whom are thrifty young farmers, and Miss Nannie Mason, who preceded her father to the land of spirits some two or three years ago.
Brother Mason professed religion a good many years ago, but like many others, he did not live up to the privileges of a Christian for quited a number of years. However, in the latter part of his life he became much more devoted to Christ. For many years he was afflicted, and for several months before death came he was a great sufferer; but in the midst of his sufferings he was always ready to talk of his Savior. On several occasions he expressed himself to the writer as being ready to meet his Lord, and anxiously awaited the end. His hope was bright, he enjoyed the visits of his pastor and the ministers, and often rejoiced in the exultant hope while they read, sang and prayed.
On August 11th, 1911, at the home in Russell county surrounded by a large concourse of friends and neighbors, the writer, assisted by A.V. Dye performed the last sad rites, and laid the weary body away in the old Dorton burying ground near by to await the last trump-God's call to his sleepy children.
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." Farewell Brother Mason, we'll meet no more on earth, but we confidently hope to meet you again in the Great Morning.