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Pictured, from left, Shantoni Bass and Jasmine Bass display the certificate and textbook they received as part of an honorarium setup by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency to honor longtime Coahoma Community College Board of Trustee’s member Robert G. “Brick” Mason. Also pictured are Dean of Health Sciences, Beverly Overton and Mason’s daughter Brook Williams who is holding Mason’s great-grandson Eli.
CLARKSDALE — Two students in Coahoma Community College’s Practical Nursing program received some relief in regards to textbook costs thanks to an honorarium dedicated to longtime CCC Board of Trustees member Robert G. “Brick” Mason.
Students Shantoni Bass and Jasmine Bass, both first-year nursing students, were each presented with a Math textbook on Tuesday morning.
The honorarium was setup by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MSORA) as a tribute to Mason’s daughter Brook Williams, a former employee. Mason was a former Math teacher, and the Division of Health Sciences building at CCC also bears his name.
“We wanted to give (Brook) a special Christmas gift after her father passed away,” said MSORA employee Vicki Shoemake in an email. “We knew that she was very close to him, and we also knew the (Mason) he had taught math. Annie Lucious, a longtime colleague of Brook, had the idea of presenting math books to two, first-year nursing students.”
Williams was on hand Tuesday, along with Mason’s great-grandson Eli, to present the books to Shantoni and Jasmine and wish them the best during the coming school year.
“This is special to me,” said Williams. “I am so proud of my dad and proud to be a part of this and anything that honors his memory. He loved CCC.”
BACKGROUND: Mason, who served on the CCC Board of Trustees for 36 years, was born in Arkansas and grew up on a farm in Coahoma County. He attended Sunflower Consolidated High School and continued his education at the then Mississippi Delta Junior College (MDJC).
During his time a MDJC, Mason, who had no previous football experience, walked on the field and was picked for the team. While on the field, he was given the name “Brick”, which has remained with him today. By the time he had graduated MDJC, he had lettered in football, basketball, track and baseball.
After serving two years in the service, Mason attended Delta State Teachers College on a football scholarship and pursued a degree in Math. He was called back to the Army during the Berlin Crisis, and taught Math while coaching for the Cleveland Public Schools once he returned.
Mason has also worked for the Benoit and Shaw school systems before being elected as Bolivar County’s Superintendent of Education, serving in that capacity for 13 years. He retired from the National Guard after 27 years of service.
Mason passed away on June 6, 2015.