GREENVILLE — Private services for Kenneth Wayne Mason will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. He passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Boone Funeral Home, Greenville, is in charge of arrangements.
There are few people in this life that embody the spirit of joy more than Kenneth Wayne Mason did. More rare still, are those individuals that touched so many with that joy that the mere mention of their name brings laughter.
Ken Mason was born in 1968, in Greenville, to Lovie Thornton and Jerry Mason. He grew up in Paris, Tennessee, and graduated from Henry County High School in 1986.
Ken earned a BFA from the University of Memphis in 1990 in Fine Arts with a focus on Theater. He moved to Boston after school to pursue acting and eventually moved to New York City where he continued to perform. Ken co-founded a sketch comedy company in New York City after 9/11.
Ken worked for several years with the Central Park Conservancy. He devoted thousands of hours to the Park, learning about horticulture and contributing his touch and care to the gardens. Such also was his passion for people and the most vulnerable with Ken becoming a tireless advocate to stop childhood abuse. In 2010, he co-founded the ‘Stop Abuse Campaign’ and helped craft legislation to fight childhood abuse.
In March of 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown looming, Ken had already laid plans to move back to Greenville to help care for his mom. He was also finishing an autobiography about his childhood in the south.
Ken is survived by his mother, Lovie Rievley Thornton, of Greenville; sister, Holly Mason, of La Quinta, CA; niece, Alex Reichle, of Wellelsey, MA; nephew, Eli Reichle, of Oxford; brother, Troy Mason (Pam Mitchell), of Dawsonville, GA; nephew, Major Sean Mason USMC, of Richmond VA; niece, Shelby Courtney (Cameron), of Louisa, VA, and Sydney Mason, of Spotsylvania, VA.
Preceding Ken in death was his father, Jerry Mason, of Greenville. Ken also leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins and a larger family of those he touched, too countless to name.
Honorary pallbearers include Josh Jones, Willie O’Donnell, Andrew Willis, Dwayne Hill, Vince Kurz, Emil Varda, Kendario Crigler, and Kollin Carter.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to the Stop Abuse Campaign at stopabusecampaign.org.