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Services to honor and remember Robert Dewayne Mason will be Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Lifechanger Church in Claremore. He will be laid to rest at Lone Elm Cemetery. Doctor Ted Estes will share words of comfort. Rice Funeral Service has been entrusted with Robert's care. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5-7.
Robert was tragically killed in an auto accident Monday evening. He was 36.
Born July 27, 1979 in Little Rock, Ark., Robert was the son of Gina Darlene Silsby and Kenneth Mason. He spent his childhood in both his birth community and Claremore, attending Sequoyah schools. After completing his education, he began working as a brick mason, which began his career in the construction industry. Through the years he mastered almost every skill needed at a work site.
Robert and Tabitha Leahanna Ross were married on Aug. 18, 2004 in a lovely outdoor ceremony at her grandma's home in Claremore. Their son, Zayne, was born Feb. 17, 2005 and three years later daughter, Nautia completed this family of four on June 5, 2008. Claremore has been home through their lives together. And though life has taken them through some challenges, the love and devotion to their children has always been the clear focus that kept their hearts together.
When Robert was a small boy he and cousin, Brett formed a lasting bond that made them closer than brothers. There were so many treasured childhood memories between Robert and his cousins. And Robert and his mother shared a bond that grew closer through the years. He never failed to take the time to give her a good morning greeting either by phone or face to face. Robert was a very good cook and loved being able to make the kids their favorite breakfast. Because he enjoyed being outdoors he often spent time doing yard work.
He also loved camping trips. Home projects brought the family together — Tabitha often following Robert's direction on whatever needed fixing. He had affectionate names for both his beloved children — Zayne was Boomboom and Nautia was Titi. Father and son loved building model cars and Nautia just loved being safe in Daddy's lap. Because Robert had a great sense of humor, there was lots of laughter and fun when family times were shared.
This loyal, thoughtful and giving man will be missed by his family which include his wife, Tabitha Mason; children, Zayne and Nautia Mason; mother, Gina Silsby; sister, Kari Williams all of Claremore; cousin, Brett Williams of Tulsa and mother-in-law Lori Ross of Claremore.
Robert is preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Mason; grandparents, Frances and Orville Silsby and grandmother-in-law, Eileen Adair.
Published on March 17, 2016
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