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Mastin Endowment Established at Northwest

The Wilbur and Martha Mastin Family Endowment was established by Wilbur Mastin and his sons, Tim and Thomas, to honor the memory of Martha Mastin and Todd Mastin.

Martha Mastin
Martha Mastin

A native of West Virginia, Martha Ellen Fletcher Mastin was one of 12 children. She met Wilbur in Toledo, Ohio in 1959, and they were married that same year. All three of their sons, Todd, Thomas, and Tim were born in Ohio. Wilbur’s career in the trucking industry finally led them to relocate in DeSoto County.

Martha worked as a teacher’s aide at Walls Elementary School, Sacred Heart School, and Shadow Oaks Elementary School. She was a talented seamstress and poet, and she was totally devoted to her family. She died in 1997 at the age of 59. She and Wilbur had been married for 38 years.

Todd Mastin
Todd Mastin

Todd Mastin died in 2014 at the age of 50. At the time of his death, he was employed at FedEx. He was known as a hard worker with a gentle, servant spirit. “On many occasions, he would mow a neighbor’s lawn or just help out in any way that was needed. A self-taught carpenter, he enjoyed working with his hands, and one time he used that skill to build a fence for a neighbor,” said Sybil Canon, associate vice president of Development and Special Projects.

The remaining brothers are Tim Mastin, who lives in Mt. Holly, North Carolina, where he is employed with Tubelite and Thomas Mastin, who lives in Horn Lake and is employed at the Southaven City Court. Their father, Wilbur, also lives in Horn Lake and is an active member of Hinds Chapel United Methodist Church.

“All of the Mastin men are in complete agreement about the beauty, talent, and warmth of their matriarch, Martha. She was a quiet and gentle lady who spoke through the beautiful designs she crafted with her sewing machine and through her poetry,” said Canon.

For more information about the Northwest Foundation, contact Canon at 662-560-1103 or e-mail srcanon@northwestms.edu.

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