Joseph Mason was born on January 28, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the son of Thomas Mason and Josie Mae Holmes Mason. He attended from Lynch High School in Lynch, Kentucky in 1945. He returned to school at Academy Senior High School in Davie, Florida and graduated in 1979. He also completed the United Methodist Course of Study at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia in 1989.
On May 24, 1989 he married Cloe Ann Lewis Dixon. Unfortunately, this marriage ended in divorce. There were no children.
Rev. Mason entered the ministry late in life. He joined the Alabama West Florida Conference in 1989 as a local pastor.
Appointments he served were: