Hi there, Mary.
I'm not related and I don't live in the county. I answer query board posts the way normal people do cross-word puzzles.
I didn't find his obit. I did find out a little bit about him, including his exact death date. Maybe some gracious, kind-hearted soul will look his obit up in the local paper.
Here is what I found:
MASON, GEORGE RALPH
b. 01/06/1916 WEST VIRGINIA
d. CONTRA COSTA 07/17/1986
Name: George Mason
Last Residence: 94521 Concord, Contra Costa, California
Born: 6 Jan 1916
Last Benefit: 94521 Concord, Contra Costa, California
Died: Jul 1986
West Virginia, Births Index, 1853-1969 (subscription)
Name: George Ralph Mason
Birth Date: 1916
Birth Place: Berkeley, West Virginia
FHL Film Number: 831268
1920 Census: Arden, Berkeley, West Virginia; Roll T625_1948; Page 6A; Enumeration District 19; Image 603.
Mason, S Roy, head, 25, WV, WV, Penn
Mason, Edith, wife, 20, WV, Penn, WV
Mason, George, son, 4, WV, WV, WV
Smith, John, Servant, 20, Va, Va, Va
Kettering, Martha, Sister-in-law, 15, WV, Penn, WV
The fact that his sister-in-law, Martha, has the same last name, Kettering, as George's mother's maiden name in the California death record, above, is pretty strong evidence that Edith Mason, wife, is Edith Kettering, and the George who is just 4 in 1920 is your George.
He may have gotten into trouble.
1930; Census: Court House, Taylor, West Virginia; Roll: 2555; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 4; Image: 663.0; FHL microfilm: 2342289.
Mason, George R, Inmate, Male White 14
He is at the WV Industrial School for Boys, which was a juvinile prison.
He may just have been dumped there by his dad, when Edith died.
West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973
Name: Edith E. Mason
Birth Date: 22 Feb 1899
Birth Place: Ganotown, Berkeley, West Virginia
Death Date: 11 Dec 1924
Death Place: Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., West Virginia
Burial Date: 15 Dec 1924
Cemetery Name: Green Hill
Death Age: 25 years 9 months 19 days
Marital Status: Married
Father Name: Isaac Kettering
Father Birth Place: PA
Mother Name: Isabella Miller
Mother Birth Place: Ganotown, West Virginia
FHL Film Number: 831272
1910 Census: Gerrardstown, Berkeley, West Virginia; Roll: T624_1676; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0016; Image: 465; FHL microfilm: 1375689.
Isaac Kettering 53
Isibella Kettering 35
Isaac B Kettering 14
John W Kettering 12
Edith E Kettering 9
Martha M Kettering 5
Ida M Kettering 8/12
There is Martha, b. 1905, the same as the Martha who is sister-in-law in 1920. That and th efact th eparents' names match tells us this is Edith's family.
Lee Roy Mason registered for the draft in 1917. He was born
29 Sep 1894 in Berkeley County. In 1918 he had a wife and one son under 2 years, which would be George, so the WWI one is almost certainly our "S Roy"; "L" and "S" look awfully similar in cursive, so he may be "L Roy" in 1920 and the transcribers made a mistake.
has his death record
Name: Lee Roy Mason
Death Date: 20 Feb 1965
Death Place: Jefferson, West Virginia
Father's Name: George A. Mason
Mother's Name: Rebecca J. Felker
Birth date: 29 Sep 1894, same as the WWI Draft card
Lee Roy and Edith are both on Find-a-Grave
in Berkeley County.
I hope this helps.
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