Mrs. Merle Beecher Mason, 76

Mrs. Merle Beecher Mason, 76, of Baxley passed away May 13 under the care of Southern Care Hospice.
Mrs. Mason was born July 30, 1942, in Appling County to the late Collis “Bay” Beecher and the late Alma Carter Beecher. She was a graduate of Appling County High School Class of 1960 and was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church. Mrs. Mason was owner and operator of Nana Merle’s Daycare and was formerly employed with Tastee Freez, Hazlehurst Mills, and Dairy Queen.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mason was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Mason and sisters, Zula Branch and Estelle McLain.
Survivors include daughter, Missy Griffin of Baxley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patsy and Buck Buchannan and Carolyn and Grady Branch all of Baxley; brother and sister-in-law, Russell and JoAnn Beecher; brother-in-law, Bill Branch all of Baxley; grandsons, Damian Griffin and Christopher (Teryn) Griffin; and great-grandson, Jake Griffin.
Services will be held May 15 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Swain Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Daniels, the Rev. Doug Weisel, the Rev. Andy Williams and the Rev. Justin McLellan officiating and a eulogy by Patsy Buchannan.
Interment will follow in Omega Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Damian Griffin, Christopher Griffin, Adam Smith, Will Smith, Patrick Rentz, Shane McLain, Lance McLain, Brady Beecher, Channing Branch, Johnny McLain, Danny Branch and Ricky Beecher.
Honorary pallbearers will be Nana Merle’s Babies, Children’s Department Workers at Woodlawn Baptist Church, Dairy Queen Staff, Appling Healthcare System, Dr. Tonya Fordham, Southern Care Hospice, Lynn Hale and classmates of 1960.
Swain Funeral Home is in charge.

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