By BRAD KELLAR
The United Way of Hunt County will be searching for a new executive director, as Bob Mason is stepping down from the position.
Mason, who has served as executive director of the agency for the past three years, made the announcement Friday to the United Way board of directors.
“I’m really going to miss this place,” Mason told the Herald-Banner. “I’m leaving with very good memories.”
Mason said he is moving to Sugar Land.
“I’m going to help my son, he has a business there,” Mason said.
Mason was named as executive director in March 2010. Even then he was a familiar name for his involvement in the local funeral home industry, as a member of the United Way of Hunt County board and for his volunteerism with several area service agencies.
Mason was born and raised in Wichita Falls, where he was the managing director of three funeral homes and was also involved in the United Way.
In 2002, he became the general manager of Peters Funeral Home in Greenville and West Oaks Funeral Home in Sulphur Springs, later joining the staff of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville.
“When I got here, I didn’t know a soul,” Mason recalled. “Butch Mitchell and the guys at Coker-Mathews were just so wonderful to me.”
A member of First Baptist Church in Greenville, Mason has served on the boards of the United Way of Hunt County, the Boys and Girls Club, the Mental Health Association and Greenville Lions Club, as well as the Drug Free Greenville Shattered Dreams Dream Team.
Mason is a past president of the North Texas Funeral Home Directors Association and also a co-founder of the annual Roger Krodle Memorial Car Show, which benefits Special Olympics.
“We’ve raised thousands of dollars for Special Olympics through that event,” Mason said.
But he noted his tenure with the United Way has been special for him.
“It is an agency which helps so many different agencies,” Mason said, adding the United Way of Hunt County assists approximately 25,000 people each year. Mason said that wouldn’t be possible without the people of the community supporting the United Way.
“We have so many people here in Greenville that have a giving heart and they just keep on giving,” Mason said. “We have one of the hardest working boards I’ve ever seen.”
Mason’s last day on the job is expected to be March 15.