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Deputy William Mast’s Funeral at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church: An Overcast Sky for a Grieving Community


William Ronald Mast, Jr.
Aug. 16, 1988 – July 26, 2012
Rest in Peace

July 31, 2012. In the picturesque setting of Southeastern Watauga with tall rolling hills, the mood was somber with many tears falling beneath the overcast sky. 

In respect for their fallen comrade, Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputy William Mast Jr., law enforcement officers from across the state formed a gauntlet in full salute behind the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church for the N.C. Troopers Association Caisson Unit to walk through before the services began.  

The horses towed the casket, draped in a red, white and blue flag, as Mast’s pregnant wife Paige and other family members, close friends and dozens of local law enforcement personnel followed. 

Masonic graveside rites and burial with law enforcement honors will follow at the Mast Family Cemetery in Cove Creek. See photos… 

Photo by Ken Ketchie

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