Regenia K. Freeman Mason, age 70, of Newport, passed away October 4, 2019, at her home.
Her great-grandfather, ‘Singing Sam’ Hall was renowned for his deep-rooted love of music, a legacy passed on to Regenia’s rewarding life credits. Her musical career began as a young child receiving piano lessons and then proceeded to earning a degree in music from the University of Tennessee.
Her extensive list of musical achievements included the UT Singers and the Newport Theatre Guild. Before her retirement from Newport Grammar School, her leadership as the music teacher extended to director of the band and the choral group. Throughout the years, she also offered private piano lessons at her home.
Many members of the community benefited from Regenia’s admirable influence for the joy of music.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Newport.
She was preceded in death by her father Paul Gene Freeman.
She is survived by her mother Imogene Nease Freeman, husband Charles Mason, Sr., son Charles ‘Chuck’ Mason, Jr., grandson Jackson Mason, aunt Barbara Nease Davis, and special friends Addy Smith and Jabo and Tammy Francis.
The family will receive friends from 4:00–7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 8 , 2019, with funeral services following at 7:00 p.m. in Manes Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Rich Lloyd will officiate.
Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019, in Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Cocke County Education Foundation, “Regenia Mason Musical Scholarship” 305 Hedrick Drive, Newport, TN 37821.
Family and friends may sign the guest register on line at. www.manesfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Manes Funeral Home.