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Chief G. Mason Speer, Jr.

Chief G. Mason Speer, Jr., 79, resident of 313 Wilewood Rd. husband of Connie Yeargin Speer passed away peacefully Friday at Self Regional Healthcare,

Born April 19, 1942 he was a son of the late G. Mason Speer, Sr. and Mary Shaw Gilliam Speer.
Mason was a 1960 graduate of Abbeville High School, where he played offensive and defensive line for Coach Tommy Hite, Sr. He was a 1965 graduate of Lander College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Mason worked with South Carolina National Bank in Greenwood and Abbeville for 18 years, where he managed the Abbeville Branch the last years. After working for bank, he went to work with Reithhoffer’s Amusement and Entertainment as their Public Relations Manager for 2 years. He then took over his family business, Henry Gilliam Florist, which he and his family ran, until they sold it in 1996. He continued his role as Abbeville Fire Chief, which he’d been since 1987, and retired in 2012. He served a total of 49 years with the City of Abbeville Fire Department, both as a volunteer and as Chief. He also proudly served with the US Army/National Guard for 22 years.
Mason lived a life of service to his community and fellow man, including service in the Lakelands FCA, Abbeville High School Booster Club where he was a past President, Abbeville Youth Athletics, IPTAY Clemson Representative for Abbeville County, Spring Festival Committee, SC Fireman’s Association/ Fire Chief’s Past President, Avid Clemson Tiger and Abbeville Panther Fan, volunteered as equipment manager/trainer for many years.
He was a faithful member of Abbeville First Baptist Church, Sherry Wilson Sunday School Class, served as a Deacon, with Men’s Ministry and various other outreaches. He loved serving and being around young men, encouraging them to reach their full potential and know that Jesus loved them.
Above all, he loved his family, friends, and most of all his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Survivors include: his beloved wife of 56 years Connie Yeargin Speer of the home; a daughter Jennifer Speer Simmons (Luke) of Abbeville, SC and a son George Mason Speer, III (Tripp) (Hannah) of Abbeville, SC; five grandsons Christopher Simmons (Taylor), Joseph Simmons, Abe Speer, Nate Speer and Titus Speer; two great-grandchildren Quinn Simmons and Emmy Simmons; two adopted sons Benji Parent and Britt Parent and a niece and nephew Susan Anderson Schneider and Hal Anderson.
He was preceded in death by a sister Samuella Speer Brown.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday Jan. 4, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Abbeville First Baptist Church Christian Life Center with Pastor David Little and Rev. Reiny Koschel officiating.

INTERMENT WILL BE HELD 2 PM ON WEDNESDAY at Greenwood Memorial Gardens with Full Military Honors and Fireman’s Honors.

The family is at the home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM Monday evening at Abbeville First Baptist Christian Life Center.

Memorials in memory of Mason may be made to Abbeville First Baptist Church, PO Box 825 Abbeville, SC 29620 or to Lighthouse Ministries, C/O Jared Willey 132 Fawn Valley Lane Abbeville, SC 29620 or the Lakelands FCA, PO Box 50707 Greenwood, SC 29649.

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Connie, Jennifer, Tripp, and family,

I was so sad to hear about Mason. Buddy let me know. Things being as they are, I didn't come to SC this Christmas. It would have been great to see you. When I dropped in on you two years ago was the last time I spoke with Mason. I always enjoyed every second of my conversations with him. He was a longtime friend.

You are in my prayers.

Bill Boxx Jan 6 2022 10:47 PM

Mason was a classmate at Lander University and was our President. He was a great leader and was an active alumni. His wife, Connie is in an elite group of graduates calling themselves "Lilies". And we still get together annually. We will miss Mason and his compassion. Mayrelle Semken, class of 1965.

Mayrelle Semken Jan 6 2022 7:25 PM

So sorry to hear about Mason; he was good friend and man. I served with him in The Nation Guard. Praying for family .

Stan Price Jan 6 2022 3:58 PM

He was quite a guy. We were friends in high school but pretty much lost touch after that. It was good to read about his life since then. Connie I wish you and the family much comfort during this sad time.

Frank Sloan Jan 4 2022 6:06 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Chief G. Mason Speer, Jr.

Ben and Carol Speer Jan 4 2022 9:19 AM

Prayers and love for you Connie and your family. The Sherwood family.

Karen Sherwood Jan 3 2022 8:55 PM

Connie, I'm so sorry to read about Mason's passing. It has been a while since I have seen you or Mason but every time I did you were always together. I will always remember the great times I had with Mason at the bank. He was one of my best friends with the bank and when we were together there was never a dull moment. He was always the laugh of the party. He invited me to a member guest at High Meadows long time ago and he told me to look out these guys here are high rollers and boy were they. Needless to say he was right. It has been a long time since we got together and I really have missed. He was a great man and you really were the apple of his eye. Take care of yourself and know Mason is in Heaven looking down at all of you with great pride and offering his encouragement. God Bless all of you and the life given to Mason

Bruce Lawrence Jan 3 2022 8:29 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Chief G. Mason Speer, Jr.

Spencer and Suzanne Sorrow Jan 3 2022 6:48 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Chief G. Mason Speer, Jr.

fred blakely Jan 3 2022 5:00 PM

You haven't seen nothing if you didn't see him and tripp dance at the coasters concert at abbeville high . You should have seen it.

Tim proksch Jan 3 2022 3:51 PM

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