MASON, Samuel Jay, Sr.

Date of Birth:  26 March 1939
Place of Birth: Georgetown, Williamson, Texas

Date of Death: 30 September  2011
Place of Death: Georgetown, Williamson, Texas

Date of Burial: 7 October 2011
Place of Burial: Presbyterian Cemetery Georgetown

Name of Funeral Home: Gabriels Funeral Chapel & Cremator
Date of Funeral: Friday, October 7, 2011
Time of Funeral: 10:00

Samuel Jay Mason, Sr. was called home to be with his Lord on Friday, September 30, 2011. Sam was born on March 26, 1939 to William Pettus and Minnie Lou Cockrum Mason in Georgetown, Texas.

Sam was a native son of Texas and Georgetown spending most of his life in “old town”. Sam loved performing in “little theater” and was an avid sports fan. He was commonly seen around town at all types of sporting events. Sam coached “Pop Warner” football for many years and loved the young people of the Georgetown area. Sam worked as an office manager for over 25 years and had his own bookkeeping and consulting business after his retirement. He also worked as a substitute teacher in the Georgetown and Jarrell Independent School Districts.

Sam is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Mary Ann Mason, daughter, DeeAnn VanHouten and son, S. Jay Mason, Jr. both of Georgetown and daughter, Kathryn Hogan and husband Michael of Arlington, Texas. He is survived by eight grandchildren, Jacob VanHouten and fiancee Courtney Bright of Nashville TN, Joshua Charles VanHouten and wife Leticia and James VanHouten of Georgetown.: Katy Hogan, Dan Hogan, David Parrish, Alex Parrish, and Bridget Hogan of Arlington. He is also survived by one sister, Bertha Nichols of Houston and one great-grand son, Vance Vernon VanHouten of Georgetown and many extended family and dear friends.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of the V.A. Hospital in Temple, Texas.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel & Crematory in Georgetown. A service celebrating his life and faith will held at 10:00 am on Friday, October 7, 2011 in the chapel of the funeral home. Interment will follow in Presbyterian Cemetery.

Submitted by Mary Lou Nash


DeeAnn Mason VanHouten, 48, of Georgetown passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service celebrating DeeAnn’s life will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:00AM at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 North IH 35, Georgetown, Texas. Honoring DeeAnn’s wishes she will be cremated and laid to rest at Presbyterian Cemetery, in Georgetown at a later date.

DeeAnn was born February 10, 1964 in Austin, Texas to Samuel Jay Mason, Sr. and Mary Ann Bridges Mason. DeeAnn was raised in the Georgetown area and graduated from Georgetown High School. DeeAnn attended Central Texas College in Killeen and worked for Georgetown ISD as a substitute teacher and in the cafeteria at Pickett Elementary.

DeeAnn’s passion was her family and taking care of her children. She enjoyed reading and listening to music. DeeAnn will long be remembered for her determination in life and the way she faced her battles.

DeeAnn is preceded in death by her father, Samuel Jay Mason, Sr. and her husband, Dale Vernon Van Houten.

DeeAnn leaves behind to cherish her memory her children, Jacob VanHouten and his fiancé Courtney Bright, Joshua Van Houten and his wife Leticia and her grandson Vance Vernon Van Houten, and James Van Houten; her mother, Mary Ann Mason; her sister, Kathryn Parrish Hogan and her husband Michael; her brother, Samuel Jay Mason, Jr.; along with numerous other loving family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, the Humane Society or the charity of choice. Personal words of comfort may be sent to the family online at