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Pictured, from left, are Beth Redditt; the man of the hour Robert G. "Brick" Mason; Rose "Took" Mason; and Brook Williams.
CLARKSDALE – Robert G. "Brick" Mason was hailed not only for his nearly four decades of service to Coahoma Community College, but also his contributions to the Coahoma and surrounding counties during a special dedication ceremony for CCC’s Allied Health Training Center.
The nearly 31,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Allied Health Training Facility was named the Robert G. “Brick” Mason Health Sciences Building in honor of Mason, who has served on CCC’s Board of trustees for 36 years.
CCC faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders and friends of the college gathered in the lobby of the building for a dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon.
“I really don’t know how to express how I feel about this … for me words are not good enough,” said Mason as he draped his arm around his great-granddaughter, Madison.
Mason said he is proud to have witnessed CCC grow and flourish over the years.
“I’ve served on the board for 36 years and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I just hope that I’ve done a little bit to help the school—I don’t need to be a savior, just a little bit of something.”
The ceremony, led by CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner included a greeting from CCC Dean of Health Sciences Beverly Overton and a saxophone solo of “Wind Beneath My Wings” by CCC Director of Web Services Ezra Howard.
“He is tough as nails, but I found out he is just as gentle. He is a ‘straight shooter’—he tells it like it is whether you like it or not,” remarked Towner about Mason. “He brings capacity, clout and credibility to our institution and we’re so excited to honor and celebrate him on today.”
Remarks were also made by Pauline Rhodes on behalf of CCC’s Board of Trustees; Paul Pearson, Coahoma County Board of Supervisors; James McBride, Bolivar County Board of Supervisors; and Richard Coleman, former Bolivar County Supervisor; who all praised Mason for his unwavering dedication and service to CCC and the surrounding community.
Mason’s daughter Brook Williams of Brandon, MS, fought back tears as she spoke on behalf of the family.
“We just want to say that we think this is a huge honor,” said Williams. “When my daddy started this I was in the 6th grade, so he’s been here a long time and he’s done a lot of things. But the one thing I want to say about him is that I think my daddy is the smartest man ever.”
CCC Presidents McKinley Martin and Vivian Presley were also in attendance for the special event.
“This is indeed a wonderful occasion. I served under Mr. Mason for 21 years and during that time I don’t think he ever missed a meeting; it’s really a testament to his dedication and commitment to the service of Coahoma Community College,” said Presley. “We’re so proud of him and he is truly deserving of this honor.”
Guests then moved outside for the unveiling of the building’s new sign. The humbleness could be seen in Mason’s eyes as he looked on at the maroon, white and gold balloons released by CCC Presidents Towner, Presley and Martin to celebrate the occasion. The event concluded with a reception hosted inside of the building.
Mason 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 is married to the former Rose “Took” Litton from Shaw. The couple has two daughters—Beth Redditt of Cleveland, MS and Brook Williams of Brandon, MS—three grandchildren and two grandchildren.
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