Charles “Chuck” Edward Mason, Jr.

November 8, 1949 - January 8, 2023

Charles Edward Mason, Jr. was born on November 8, 1949, in Nacogdoches to Charles and Irene Mason. The oldest of three siblings, Chuck had little time for sleep even as a baby and spent much of his time with his nose buried in a book. But he had eclectic taste – he enjoyed everything from comic books and MAD Magazines to the Mason family’s set of Encyclopedia Britannica, which he read cover to cover.

As many siblings do, Chuck’s brother Brad and sister Mary Bess loved to taunt their older, bookish brother. He, in return, could not understand why they couldn’t just figure out their homework, and gave them a hard time about it. But even so, Mary Bess remembers a long family car trip to Memphis, curling up in Chuck’s lap anytime she wanted to get some sleep.

As he got older, Chuck joined the Boy Scouts, and the knowledge and experience he gained was useful throughout his life. One day when Chuck was 12, a boy at the park near his house severed an artery and Chuck applied a tourniquet, which saved the boy’s life and landed Chuck in the newspaper.

As a scout, Chuck had the opportunity to go to Philmont Scout Ranch, a definitive experience for him. Chuck’s favorite story from his time at Philmont: as one of the youngest campers, he had to carry some of the other boys’ packs. While hiking down a hill he lost his footing, he tumbled, eventually doing a flip and landing on his feet. The older boys thought he did it on purpose and tried to do it, but none of them could.

As a student, Chuck excelled in school, earning all A’s and becoming salutatorian at French High School. He loved to play basketball and there he demonstrated some of his most enduring traits – determination and heart. He was always second string, but he put everything he had into practicing and playing. At one point his coach told the team, “If you all played with half the heart as Chuck does, we’d be great!”

In 1967 Chuck met Becky Dickson, who would become the love of his life. Chuck was attending a concert for the Melody Maids, a girls’ singing group started by his aunt Eloise. For a song where Eloise wanted to give the visual representation of family groups, she asked the older girls to pair up with a boy (though apparently nobody else heard this instruction). Becky walked up to Chuck and asked him to form a family. He agreed, and during the concert, he got up the courage to ask Becky on a date for that night. Becky almost said no because she didn’t think she should admit that it was Saturday night, and she didn’t already have a date. They saw a movie and went back to Becky’s house where they sat on the couch and talked for hours, joking about the actual family they would start when they got married.

Chuck came into his own when he went off to study at Southwestern University. In high school he was just the smart kid, but in college he joined a fraternity, started playing intramurals, and made great friends. After two years at Southwestern he ran out of money (partly because of the long-distance phone charges from hours-long conversations with Becky) and decided to finish his degree at Lamar University.

Though pursuing a major in biology, Chuck worked in the family construction business for two summers, soon realizing that business problem-solving was what he really enjoyed. Inspired by his tough but effective biology professor Russell Long, Chuck quickly learned to embrace the “scientific approach” and eventually found that approach “paid off in making solid business decisions.” He graduated from Lamar University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in biology.

In 1970, Chuck became one of the third generation Masons to join Mason Equipment (which would eventually be renamed Mason Construction, LLC), a family business that has been in operation since 1939. In 1980, with their father’s health declining, Chuck and Brad took over the reins from their dad, with Chuck becoming President. They jumped in feet first, and although there were plenty of disagreements and tough lessons learned, they complemented each other and led the business to grow exponentially, from six staff members to more than 500 employees.

Chuck would say that Becky’s love gave him the confidence he needed to become the person he was, and they married in Beaumont in 1971. Following their wedding, Chuck and Becky lived in a little house right next to the railroad tracks. The house was falling down but they were in newlywed bliss, and Chuck took great joy in fixing it up. A lifelong night owl, he used the overnight hours to work on house projects, and every morning Becky woke up excited to see what he had done. One night he used a toothbrush to hand dye the bedroom carpet brown, while Becky slept peacefully unaware.

This would be a common theme for their homes through the years, with Chuck always thinking of ideas to optimize their living space. They moved to their current house in 1979, where Chuck saw the potential of a rundown house and made it into a warm, welcoming home where he and Becky could do what they loved – hosting dinners, celebrations, and their beloved Christmas party, where they would bring together the people they knew and loved from their many areas of involvement.

In 1977, their son Charles Edward Mason III (Chad) was born, and daughter Kristin Michelle Mason arrived in 1979. Though keeping the family business running smoothly was far more than a 9 to 5 job, Chuck made it a priority to be home for dinner and reading bedtime stories to the kids. They would all settle in on the big comfortable couch, and he would read books, complete with entertaining character voices. After bedtime, Chuck would go back to the office, sometimes until 2am.

For Chuck, having kids was an opportunity to share his wonder and curiosity about the world around us. The family celebrated Frog Day each year, where after letting the pool go all winter, they drained and cleaned it, and often found giant bullfrogs to marvel at. He was never too far removed from his Biology major roots, and loved to impart knowledge any chance he got: towing Chad and Kristin in a clear-bottom inflatable boat while he snorkeled and pointed out fish; turning Chad’s case of the chicken pox into a topic for that year’s school science project; and after killing a snake in the yard, putting it in a jar with formaldehyde for the kids to look at it and learn.

Chuck and Becky loved music, and their home was filled with an eclectic array of it. At home Chuck would turn the stereo up loud for Chad and Kristin to run and dance around the house to a wide variety of music, including the Top Gun soundtrack, The Muppets and John Denver Christmas album, and the theme song from Chariots of Fire. In the car, the whole family enjoyed singalongs to favorite Broadway shows. Chuck loved to share music with his family, and after embracing YouTube in recent years, he was excited to proselytize about the new artists he discovered scrolling around the site when he inevitably couldn’t sleep.

Chuck found great joy in traveling. After discovering Grand Cayman as a young married couple, it became a special place for he and Becky — and later the family — to spend time. After many years renting vacation homes on the North Side of the island, they eventually bought Castaway Cove, a home to enjoy and to share with friends. Some of Chuck’s favorite Cayman activities were identifying fish and other undersea wonders while he snorkeled for hours; sitting under a palm tree sipping a cold iced tea; visiting one of his favorite Cayman restaurants where all the waiters knew him; and planning house projects.

After the kids got older, Chuck took the family on adventures to Europe, Tahiti, Fiji, and Australia, and in each location, Chuck managed to make friends and find other Texans. Later, he and Becky embraced their independence with trips to Greece, Italy, Denmark, Russia, Estonia, Australia (several more times), New Zealand, and every possible place that Rotary gave them an excuse to travel.

Although successful in business, Chuck’s real passion was community involvement.  He was extremely active in leadership capacities for many civic, cultural and educational organizations in Beaumont and Southeast Texas. Over the years, he served on the boards of Beaumont Civic Opera, Young Audiences, Beaumont Community Players, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, United Way, Lamar University Foundation, JASON Alliance, Beaumont Children’s Museum, and Rotary Club of Beaumont. He also served as a member of the Beaumont Centennial Commission that built the working replica of the Spindletop Gusher that is a popular feature of the Spindletop Gladys City Boomtown Museum.

Two of his most rewarding civic achievements were serving as founding president of the JASON Alliance of Southeast Texas and one of the founding board members for the Beaumont Children’s Museum.  He wanted to pass along his love of science to future generations.

Rotary had a massive presence in his life. An active member of the Beaumont Rotary Club since 1983, Chuck served as president from 2000-2001. During 2007-2008, he served as district governor of Rotary District 5910, covering Southeast Texas from Port Arthur to Galveston to College Station to Palestine. In 2010, he received the T. Kelsey Lamb, Sr. Award for Business Ethics from the Rotary Club of Beaumont. During Becky’s year as Centennial President of the Rotary Club of Beaumont, Chuck chaired the design and construction of the Beaumont Rotary Centennial Playground (a 14,000 sq. ft. barrier-free playground, which is located across the lake from the Beaumont Event Center) as its centennial gift to the community.

Chuck was also involved in regional and international Rotary activities, joining projects such as Books for the World and End Polio Now, both of which he was very passionate about. He served as the Rotary Region 26 End Polio Now Coordinator, covering Oklahoma and most of Texas.

Knowing the value of the education he received, Chuck held a variety of volunteer roles at Lamar University. As a member of the Lamar University Foundation board he served as secretary, treasurer, vice president, and chair of the audit, development, and bylaws committees. He was also on the Friends of the Arts Board; Le Grand Bal Honoree in 2012; a member of Investing in the Future Campaign Cabinet; and a member of the Reese Construction Management Advisory Council.

In addition to their volunteer efforts at Lamar, Chuck and Becky endowed the first privately funded Mirabeau Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships the university offers. Together, the Masons generously supported faculty research and development, numerous scholarships, the Cardinal Club, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, and the College of Business, and many other significant projects and goals of the university.

His involvement in organizations was not just an act of giving – in return, Chuck met countless friends and young people he would mentor.

His intelligence seemed innate. He just understood things, and if he didn’t, he was determined to read about it and break it down to understand how it fit together. His curiosity and need to understand was integral to how he approached work and friendships. His deep interest in getting to know others and the things they were curious about led him to make many friendships throughout the years. His critical thinking approach helped him see situations from a unique perspective and oftentimes led him to want to “fix” things that weren’t necessarily broken. Indeed, to work on a project with Chuck was to know that at some point he might just blow the whole thing up (maybe even a few times)…only to make it so much better. It wasn’t easy, but he never took the easy way when it came to something he cared about.

Without a doubt, Chuck will be looking down on us during his service, thinking of more efficient ways for everyone to fit into the funeral chapel, and wishing he’d been able to edit this bio and cut down the length immensely.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Mason; his son, Chad Mason, and wife Lauren of Beaumont; and his daughter, Kristin Mason Lenoir, and husband Sandy of Houston; and his four grandchildren: Evie Mason, Chase Mason, Aiden Lenoir and Piper Lenoir. He is also survived by his mother, Irene Mason, his brother Brad Mason and wife Monica, his sister Mary Bess Townsend, his sister-in-law Linda Cooper, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions for Mr. Mason may be made to Beaumont Children’s Museum, 701 Main Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701; Rotary International Foundation- Polio Plus; Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation, 3070 College Street Suite 401, Beaumont, Texas 77701; or a charity of one’s choice.

A gathering of Mr. Mason’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 13, 2023, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Broussard’s, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.


Mr. Mason’s services will be streaming through the following link:



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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • January 13, 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • January 14, 2023
  • 11:00 am


Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (33)

    Edith Segura & CharlRae Segura Cobb says:

    Dear Becky, We just learned that of Chuck’s death. We are proud to have known him and you. It comforts to think that Daddy (Ken Segura) is there to greet him at the gates of Heaven. What a time they will have planning, organizing, and working on projects! Hugs to you and all the family. With sympathy, CharlRae Segura Cobb

    Frances Wimberly Alberto says:

    My heart goes out to you on losing your dear Chuck. What wonderful memories you must have. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Your friend, Frances

    Lois Kerschen says:

    When our children were in the Community Players, I saw how engaged Chuck and Becky were with their kids. They joined in their activities, and their house was the place to go for all the kids’ friends. I admired how they were raising their kids. Great people and a great loss for Chuck to be taken so soon.

    Clara Touchet says:

    I remember Chuck and Becky Mason in a street scene in the kid-friendly cast of the musical, “Oliver!” (Beaumont Community Players) many years ago.

    Such wonderful supporters of community theater — actually making performance art in community! I didn’t realize that Chuck was related to Beaumont royalty: Mrs. Eloise (Rush) Milam and her Melody Maids.

    Becky, we are grateful to you and Chuck for your welcoming graciousness — in any setting. I treasure Chuck’s and your example: always a friend and host to others.

    Mom and I thank you for years of tradition (and industriousness), supporting the community.

    We pray for the repose of Chuck’s soul, and for divine comfort from God, for you and the kids, through many channels of His peace.

    Clara Touchet and Joedna Smyth

    Herman an Robin Gerhardt says:

    Chad, Lauren and family
    We are so sorry about the loss of your dad. We did not know him but feel he is our best friend after reading his obituary. What an accomplished man and a pillar of our community. Prays and love to you and your family. Robin and Herman

    Dr. Johnny E. Brown says:

    Carolyn and I were so disappointed and regretful to hear of Chuck’s passing away. He was a great person, and he will be dearly missed by all who had the opportunity to meet him. His modeling of leadership and compassion for and interest in others was exemplary at all times. May he rest in peace, and best wishes to Becky and family.

    Dionne Fontenot says:

    Becky and family,
    We were so sorry to learn of Chuck’s passing. Our prayers for peace and comfort go out to all of you.
    Dionne & Billy Fontenot

    Kim Steinhagen says:

    I always enjoyed visiting with Chuck at Lamar functions, especially Friends of the Arts events. He was so genuinely interested in the arts and asked great questions. He did many wonderful things for Lamar and the Southeast Texas community. He will be greatly missed.

    Mr &Mrs Sedrick Mitchell says:

    Sorry for your loss Mason family. We are holding your family in our hearts and lifting you in prayer. Peace, comfort, and whatever you all need right now…

    Roy Wall says:

    Please know that our love and condolences are with you and this time of your loss and grief. I remember our childhood as cousins, and the fun times we had playing together. I didn’t have much contact with Chuck as an adult, but I understand that he gave a lifetime of service to the organizations that he was part of. God bless you all. May he Rest In Peace in the embrace of Jesus.

    Susan Simmons says:

    Becky and kids,
    Jimmy and I send our love with hugs. Chuck will be missed by all of us. He made a significant impact on the Community and Lamar University and has left a great legacy. He helped to make life better for those he touched. Now he’s resting in God’s arms after a life well lived. May God bless you and keep you.

    Susan Kathleen Ingram says:

    Terry and I are so sorry for your loss. Chuck was an amazing man. He was a pillar of the community. Please know that our love and prayers are sent your way.

    Susan Schultz says:

    I was devastated to read of Chuck’s death. May he Rest In Peace and condolences to Becky and family Russ and Susan Schultz

    Jim Rich says:

    A life well lived. My condolences to the family!

    Randy and Emily Fluke says:

    Service Above Self, the Rotary Motto, was always given life through the acts and generosity of Chuck (and Becky and their family). Such kindness and love of others is inspiring, and part of Chuck’s larger than life legacy. Our hearts and prayers are with Becky and the entire Mason Family at this sad time. Heaven’s gain is our great loss. With deepest sympathies, Emily and Randy Fluke and Family

    Sheryl Witten says:

    Becky, our love to you and the kids. Sorry for your loss.

    Bill and Sandy Snelson says:

    Becky, we are so sorry to hear about Chuck’s passing.
    We have such great memories of our younger years we shared with the two of you. I just wish we had stayed in touch. We know he will be missed. God bless you and your family.

    Brenda Griffin Warren says:

    Harvey and I considered it a blessing to be Chuck’s neighbor. His wisdom, sense of humor, and good nature were a gift to us. May his precious family be comforted in their great loss.

    Russ Schultz says:


    I was so honored to have you both as friends. Your membership in the Friends of the Arts meant a great deal to us all. Chuck will be missed. He showed great leadership and did it was a wonderful sense of humor. I always remember that when he gave his DG speech to the club, it was one of the few times that the DG speech was not a cookie cutter presentation. May he RIP.A

    Randy Trahan says:

    May he Rest in Peace!

    Toye Babb says:

    May all of Chuck’s family and friends be comforted by your memories of a good man.

    Joyce Blain says:

    A gentle man in every way. His kindness and generosity will always be with me. My heart goes to the wonderful Mason family and everyone who knew him.

    Lee Acevedo Jr. says:

    Sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. Served on a couple of committees with him over the years. He was always smiling, knowledgeable, approachable, and very humble. A life well lived in service to Our Lord and his community. Lord’s Blessings be upon the Mason Family.
    Lee Acevedo Jr.
    A & A Electric Co. Inc.

    Glen and Kathy Brewer says:

    Becky- Our hearts hurt for you and your family. Chuck was a man with such an enormous heart. The world of Rotary will miss him as will we all. Our deepest condolences to you all. May peace be with you. ????????
    Glen and Kathy Brewer

    Sandra Burrell says:

    Becky and family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Losing the man of the family is so tough. Prayers for you all.

    Angela and Ray Baker says:

    “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:23)

    Rebecca Woodland says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. He was a true gentleman and wonderful humanitarian. The Woodland and Mason families shared many interests in common; particularly in love of music and theater. Plus I know that my Dad and Mom always enjoyed being invited to the Mason’s annual Christmas Party for many years. I’m grateful to have gotten to know Chuck and Becky better through our mutual Rotary endeavors. It was wonderful seeing Chuck recently as Becky hosted the Beaumont Rotary Club & Friends Holiday Chorus ‘s First Rehearsal in their home. I remember Chuck as always being lively, smiling and caring whenever I saw him. He was a gift to the Beaumont community in so many ways and he will be missed greatly. Sending our deepest sympathy and love to all in the Mason family,
    Rebecca Woodland, Mary Woodland, Philip Woodland.

    Vic Zaloom says:

    The most kind, humble, friendly, and giving person you’ll ever know. I will miss his warm and welcoming smiling face.

    David Bertino says:

    Chuck is one the smartest ; most enteligent man ; and most Christian person I have ever known . I ask him want makes him so smart . He told me he read the encyclopedia . I asked him which book ? He said all the books . We will all miss Chuck . I know he is in Heaven .

    Amy Boullion says:

    It was such an honor to be your nurse for the past 2 years. You were always so kind, always took time to ask about my family, and always had wheels turning in your brain of how you could make something better. Your love for your family was very evident and I have no doubt they felt the same about you. You will be so missed!


    So so sorry for your loss of a great man , may he Rest In Peace , for the family BECKY, Mary Beth , I’ll keep you in prayer , love your way , GALE SACHITANO BERTINO NELSON

    Michael Wolf says:

    A great friend to have had. His legacy of leadership, family, giving and so much more will live on for ever. Chuck will be greatly missed but our world was made better for his presence. May he rest in peace and condolences to Becky and family. Michael and Cynthia.

    Jay Old says:

    The world – literally – is a better place because of Chuck, his leadership and energy. He has been a stalwart of his home community in Beaumont for decades, but he also found prodigious amounts of energy to help the world through Rotary. I’m proud to have known him and grateful for his and Becky’s lifetime(s) of service.

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