MOUNT VERNON — Mason T. Ash, 77, of Mount Vernon, passed away June 11, 2012, at the Knox Community Hospital.
He was born on March 26, 1935, in Crumpler, W.Va., to Theodore S. and Lucille (Bailey) Ash. Mason was founder and co-owner of Real Estate Pro’s with Martha Edelblute. Prior to that he was the owner and operator of Mash Tire Co. of Mount Vernon
Mason was a well-known stock car driver at Central Ohio Dirt Track Raceways in the 1950s and 1960s at Lakeville, Millersburg, Mansfield and the Knox-Vernon Speedway. In the early 1990s he returned to racing with the SKOAL Racing/modified Challenge series at Midway Speedway in Crooksville, Tri-C Motor Speedway in Lakeville and the West Virginia Motor Speedway. Mason was the president of the Knox County Board of Realtors in 1996 and 2005. He was Knox County Realtor of the Year in 2002 and 2005. He was a former Mount Vernon City Councilman and also a member of the Mount Vernon Police Department Auxiliary. Mason received the Mount Vernon Police Department Citizen of the Year award in 1984.
Mason was preceded in death by his father and mother, Theodore Ash and Lucille B. Ash Riley; his stepfather, Kenneth Riley; also his father- and mother-in-law, Albert and Christina Blue; and brother-in-law, James Blue.
Mason is survived by his wife of 46 years, Nancy (Blue) Ash; one son, Jim (Joan) Ash of Ashland; one daughter, Tamara Oakes of Cleveland; two grandsons, Sean (Michelle) Ash of Columbus and Jamison (Mariah Clark) Oakes of Mount Vernon; one great-grandson, Jamison Oakes Jr.; three great-granddaughters, Isabelle Clark, Anna Ash and Bella Ash; two brothers-in-law, Albert (Camille) Blue of South Carolina and Bob (Lynn) Blue of Howard; sister-in-law, Katherine (Gordon) Armstrong of South Carolina; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts; and special friends, Mark, Angel, Adam and Braden Gamble.
Friends may call at the Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home in Mount Vernon on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Graveside funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mason’s memory to American Lung Association or to a charity of one’s choice.
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