Laveda Mason

Laveda Mason

Levada Levon Parker Mason was one of four children born to the late Arthur Parker and Emma L. Anderson Parker of Washington, Ark. She was the third of four children, all siblings preceded her in death: Chester L. Parker, Arthurine Parker Bradford, and Arthur Parker, Jr.

Levada was joined in holy matrimony to the late Jesse W. Mason, Sr. To this union two sons were born: Michael D. Mason (Sarah) of Little Rock, Ark., and C. Roderick Darryl Mason of Langston, Okla. With this union, Levada gained two bonus sons, Jesse Mason, Jr. (Dr. Gail Reede Jones), Little Rock, Ark., and C. Vernon Mason (Thelma), New York, N.Y.; a bonus daughter, Patricia Mason, Chicago, Illinois.

She is survived by four sons; and one daughter; and additional family members: a stepsister, Carolyn Easter; a sister-cousin, Mary Brown; sister-in-love, Juanita Levine; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Levada grew up in the Rocky Mound Road community of Hope, Ark., and attended Bethel AME Church in Hope. Levada attended Childress Junior High School in Emmett, Ark., and graduated from Nevada County Training School in Rosston, Ark., in 1945. She attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics from Arkansas Mechanical & Normal College, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). She attended State Teachers College of Arkansas, now the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) obtaining a master’s degree in home economics. She did further study at Prairie View University, Prairie View, Texas, Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Ala., and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Ark. Levada’s working career spanned 50 years.

After college graduation, Levada taught sixth grade at Gurnsey Elementary School in Gurnsey, Ark. When the cotton-picking season ended, she went to Parkin, Ark., and taught home economics and was the girls’ basketball coach at Central High School. She was employed for 10 years as a home demonstration agent for Negro work in Crittenden County, Marion, Ark. There she and a coworker, Thomas F. Vaughn, supervised 22 4-H clubs. Levada also supervised 12 home demonstration clubs. After her home demonstration work, she taught at Wonder Junior High in West Memphis, Ark., and at Eliza Miller Jr. High School in West Helena, Ark. In 1965, she moved to Little Rock, Ark. and was employed by the Little Rock School District. She taught at Booker and Southwest Junior High Schools and retired in 1991 from Hall High School.

Levada was a member of Union AME Church, where she served on the stewardess board. She had also served as a deaconess while united with Archview Baptist Church. She was a member of Union’s Elmyra Brown Missionary Unit and the chair of activities. She previously was a member at Bethel AME in Hope, Ark. Levada was a 50-plus-year member of Alpha Mu Zeta, Zeta Phi Beta, Inc., a past member of the Arkansas Retired Teacher Association (ARTA), the Little Rock Retired Teachers Unit, and of the Retired Educators and other Public-School Employees. She was a past long-standing, active member of the National Association of Federal Employees (NARFE) and the Pulaski County Retired Home Economics Unit.

In lieu of flowers, food, or gifts, donations may be given to Mrs. Mason’s favorite charity, the ‘MI Ladi’s Brunch’ and scholarship program that she started in 1976.

Checks may be made payable to the Zeta Dove Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 3004, Little Rock, Ark. 72203. You may also send funds via Zelle: Or cashapp $Dovelr Memorial service Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 11 a.m., at Union AME Church, 1825 Pulaski Street, Little Rock, Ark.

5 thoughts on “Laveda Mason”

  • Soror Mason was one of a kind! She was funny and kept me on my toes. She often reminded me of our historical connections aside from being Zetas. I will cherish her memories always. Peace and blessings to the family!

  • Soror Mason was one of a kind! She was funny and always kept me on my toes. She often reminded me of our historical connections aside from being Zetas. I will always remember her. Peace and blessings to the family!

  • Mrs. Mason was my Home Economics teacher at Hall High School, back when the subject was actually taught. She was always full of grace and quick wit. She was always encouraging her students to do more. In doing so, she taught me patience in cooking and that “Yes, you CAN sew a zipper!” Prayers are with the family as you celebrate the full life of this servant.

  • I remember Mrs. Mason was a special person.
    She was so kindhearted and friendly to everyone.
    Her grandson Derrick was in my 3 rd grade classroom
    I had several events from a thanksgiving dinner and Hawaiian Luau for my students. She was there helping set up the food and table arrangements. I’ also attended Greater Archview Church. Her husband and family attended. When Rev. Williams appointed me as the Sunday School Teacher for the Junior Boys class.
    Mrs. Mason was right there making sure my lessons plan
    was correct and adequate for Bible studies. I will always be grateful for her presence and support. She truly was one in a million a “Rose” . May all the met her remember
    Her nurturing and loving heart.

    Thank You,
    Jan Hill Brown

  • I remember having Mrs. Mason as my Home Ec teacher at Hall High…..she was very patient w/ us & would often pull our hair when we werent paying attention…..we would lllaugh & be like “awww she got me too”….it was fun..I miss teaching like her in those days ..Rest well Mrs. Mason!

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