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James Corbit Mason
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James Corbit Mason, 89 (aka Jim) was born in Lincoln County, KY to the late Elly W. and Lilly Lay Mason on May 10, 1928. He is survived by his wife of nearly sixty three years, Mary Hoseclaw Mason, two children, Jan (Roger) Donahue and James Kelly (Mimi) Mason, four grandchildren, Chad (Kristen) Donahue, Kevin (Lisa) Donahue, Stephanie (Nick) Clark, and Brittany Prouty, three great grandchildren, Alexa and Kortni Prouty, and Landyn, four sisters, Imogene (Bobby) Cornett, Nancy (Wayne) Bullock, Debbie (Scotty) Coffman, and Diane Burchett, a brother, Noah Mason, and many much loved nieces and nephews and beloved friends. Jim was also preceded in death by two sisters, Rosa Calfee and Edith Rowland, and a brother, Herbert Mason. Jim first served his country in the ARMY AIR CORPS at age eighteen. After serving, he began his career laying and installing floor and ceiling tile. He literally worked on his knees providing the wonderful life he gave his family. He also served on the Board of Directors in his union representing his coworkers. He was a Charter Member of Edgewood Baptist Church and was instrumental in the committee to have the Church built. He served as a Deacon there and also served his Church in many other roles. He was 32nd degree Mason in the Hart Masonic Lodge. He also served as a Master in the Masonic order. He had great respect for his Masonic brothers and was very active in the Lodge’s activities. His proudest achievement in life was serving the community as first a City Commissioner and then elected Mayor of Nicholasville. Under his tenure as Mayor he got the City Employees into the State Retirement System and started the Jessamine Jamboree for the Community to unite and enjoy our City. Jim loved all of his family and will be missed by all. Two months shy of his 90th birthday he joined his Heavenly Family and lives forever with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday at Betts and West Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Blankenship officiating. Burial to follow in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Family will serve as Bearers. Online guestbook at

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3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Betts & West Funeral Home

404 North Main Street
Nicholasville, KY 40356





10:00 AM
Betts & West Funeral Home

404 North Main Street
Nicholasville, KY 40356

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Camp Nelson National Cemetery

6980 Danville Road
Nicholasville, KY 40356


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