Clayton Lebron Mason lll was born on November 24, 1993 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
He was a graduate of The Howard High School class of 2012, where he was active in the Talented Tenth Debate program. His athleticism yielded participation in the Hustlin’ Tigers track team and Howard’s Marching 100 band where he played baritone and later went on to be an amazing Drum Major. Clayton’s zeal to achieve the unconquerable served as his inspiration to graduate with honors and matriculate to one of the top collegiate choices for the development of African - African men, Morehouse College.
Clayton continued his love for athletics at Morehouse College where he participated in track. He also perfected his love for intellectual disagreements and mental sparring through his participation in the Morehouse Debate Team. After graduating from college, Mr. Mason returned home to begin his career as an English teacher and track coach. Even though he had a heart for giving and a sincere love for the children that he taught, he chased possibilities of expanding his own education while focusing on the linguistic development of international students.
Clayton studied abroad in Brazil for one year and was a teaching fellow at Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia. His most recent accomplishment involved teaching English in Makassar, Indonesia. Upon his return to Tennessee, and with all that he ascertained through his international travels, Clayton was adamant about changing the trajectory of his community and had decided to run for Chattanooga City Council.
Clayton Mason was an active member of Rock Island Baptist Church where he sang in the choir and mentored the youth. He was a leader in his community and an example to his students.
Public viewing will begin at noon until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at John P. Franklin Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at noon on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Olivet Baptist Church.
Interment will be in Forest Hills Cemetery.
Arrangements are by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 423 622-9995.