Michael L. Wiggins - 2015

Parent Lodge: Liberty #48

A seventh generation Texan, Grand Master Michael L. Wiggins was born on October 5, 1956, in Liberty, Texas. He is the oldest child of Dempsey and Glenda Reid Wiggins. All four of his grandparents were descendants of settlers coming to Texas prior to statehood. The earliest, William Ponton, arrived with his family in DeWitt Colony on December 17, 1829, from Boonesville, Missouri. William was lat ... [ read more ]

Jerry L. Martin - 2014

Parent Lodge: Parsons #222

Jerry Lee Martin was born on September 5, 1942 in Brown County, Texas near Lake Brownwood.  He was the youngest of three boys and three girls born to George and Addie Martin. Jerry lived in the Brownwood area until he was four years old, at which time the family moved near Longview, in Northeast Texas.  He graduated from East Mountain High School and then from Stephen F. Austin State Universi ... [ read more ]

Walter W. Rogers - 2013

Parent Lodge: Bedias #651

On Saturday, December 5th 2009 the Masons of Texas selected for the office of Right Worshipful Grand Junior Warden a seasoned, committed and dedicated laborer in the quarries of Freemasonry. Each succeeding year, he scaled the fraternal ladder of leadership which again brought him reverently before the Holy Altar of Freemasonry on Saturday, December 8, 2012, there to obligate himself to the Mas ... [ read more ]

James F. Brumit - 2012

Parent Lodge: Oak Cliff #705

James Floyd Brumit was born on January 3, 1930, in Dallas, Texas to Pearl and Floyd Brumit. He grew up in Dallas and graduated from Sunset High School and then Draughan’s Business College in Dallas. He married Dorothy Elizabeth Hill in 1950. They both attended the same schools and had been friends since third grade. They have one daughter, Vicki Quesada, and one grandson, Stuart. Elizabeth su ... [ read more ]

T.E. “Gene” Carnes - 2011

Parent Lodge: Harlandale #1213

THOMAS E. “GENE” CARNESThomas Eugene “Gene” Carnes was born on September 5, 1938, in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Collins George and Mary Rose Etta Ward Carnes. Gene attended Schools in the Harlandale Independent School District and was in the 1957 graduating class of Harlandale High School. Gene has attended several colleges thru the years including San Antonio Colle ... [ read more ]

Orville L. O’Neill - 2010

Parent Lodge: White Rock #234

ORVILLE LEE O’NEILLGrand MasterDecember 5, 2009 - December 4, 2010       Orville Lee O’Neill, the fifth of seven children born to John Thomas O’Neill and Myrtle Frances Phillips O’Neill in the small community of Neches in Anderson County, Texas on April 4, 1938. His maternal grandfather, Brother W.D. Phillips came to Texas from South Carolina and settled in Fairfield, Texas and ev ... [ read more ]

W. David Counts, Jr. - 2009

Parent Lodge: Orient #905

The second of three children born to Walter David Counts and Alma Johnston Counts, W. David Counts, Jr. was born at Munday, in Knox County, Texas on July 14, 1936. David shared his childhood with older sister Patsy (Pat) and younger sister Cheryl, now Patsy Grimsley and Cheryl Robinson. His father died in 1983. His mother Alma at this writing remains active and continues to re ... [ read more ]

Thomas F. Griffin - 2008

Parent Lodge: Winnie Stowell #1377
Grand Master Thomas Frederick Griffin, son of William Levi and Dorothy Griffin, was born on July 25, 1951, in Liberty, Texas. Tommy was raised in the oil fields of southeast Texas along with his two sisters, Patsy and Gerry , and one brother, Bill. Very proud of his roots, Tommy attended East Chambers High School where he excelled in athletics, receiving all-district honors in football, baske ... [ read more ]

Donny W. Broughton - 2007

Parent Lodge: Caddo #581

Grand Master Donald Wayne Broughton, son of Carlton Edwin and Katherine Holly Broughton, was born August 6, 1952 in Shreveport, Louisiana. His childhood years were spent in North Louisiana with his two brothers, Tommy and Dennis, and his sister, Shirley. He is a proud graduate of Homer High School and Louisiana Tech University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administr ... [ read more ]

Brian Richard Dodson - 2006

Parent Lodge: Bellaire #1336

Grand Master Dodson was born in Bryan, Texas on March 3, 1951, to Carl Elton Dodson, Sr. and Frances Ellen Willis Dodson. Brian's young life was soon to be shattered by the death of his father when Brian was only ten years of age. His mother, however, remarried six years later to A. M. Anderson who would become a very important part of Brian's life.

He moved to Old Ocean, Texas when he w ... [ read more ]

Elmer Murphey, III - 2005

Parent Lodge: Hillcrest #1318

Grand Master Elmer Murphey, III was born in Houston, Texas on March 19, 1945, the only child of Elmer Murphey, Jr. and Amelia Elizabeth Gehring Murphey. Elmer's father was a union electrician at Petro-Tex Chemical Company located on the Houston Ship Channel. His mother, while initially a homemaker, eventually worked in and later supervised a cafeteria in an elementary school in Pasadena, Texas. ... [ read more ]

Reese L. Harrison, Jr. - 2004

Parent Lodge: Albert Pike #1169

M. Boyd Patterson, Jr. - 2003

Parent Lodge: Washington #1117

Grand Master Patterson was born in Greenville, Texas on the 13th day of November 1950 and is the son of M. Boyd Patterson, Sr., a member of Greenville Lodge, and Mary Hollon Patterson Smaldino. His family moved to Richardson when he was six years old where he was educated in the public school system, graduating from Richardson High School in 1969. Most Worshipful Brother Patterson graduated fro ... [ read more ]

Michael D. Nanny - 2002

Parent Lodge: Gray #329

The son of Walter and Billye Jean Nanny was born in Houston, Texas on August 22, 1953.  He was educated in the Houston Public Schools, and graduated from Westbury Senior High School in 1971.  He then enrolled in Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1975.

Brother Nanny married Sheri Lynn Marble of Dallas on November 11, 1978. ... [ read more ]

David B. Dibrell - 2001

Parent Lodge: Richardson #1214

David Benton Dibrell was born on May 26, 1938, in San Antonio, to John L. and Juanita (Pounds) Dibrell. He grew up in Big Spring, Texas, graduated from Big Spring High School and completed his education at Howard County Junior College and the University of Texas in Austin. He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Marie Mann, and they have two daughters, Jo D. Dibrell and Jill; and two gra ... [ read more ]

W. Vernon Burke, Jr. - 2000

Parent Lodge: St. Johns #5

A native Texan, W. Vernon Burke, Jr. was born in Wharton June 8, 1936.  He and Fay K. Primrose were married on October 24, 1976.  They have five children: Heather Doughty, Rory Burke and Rikke Graber.  Their two other children, Rachel Burke (deceased 1985) and Scot Primrose (deceased 1995) are in their thoughts daily.  There are four grandchildren.

Brother Burke holds executive posit ... [ read more ]

W. M. “Mike” Gower - 1999

Parent Lodge: McAllen #1110

William Michael "Mike" Gower II, the 161st Grand Master of Masons in Texas was born on August 8, 1938, in Atlanta, Georgia. It was there that he received his early education in the Atlanta school system. He later attended Georgia State and West Texas State Universities.

It was while in Atlanta that Mike met the beautiful and charming Barbara Jane Brand. They were married on June 14, 1957 ... [ read more ]

Harry. G. Cunningham * - 1998

Parent Lodge: Somerset #1205

Harry Glen Cunningham, age 73, past Grand Master of Texas Masonry, died July 8, 2007.

A true and dedicated Texan, Grand Master Harry Glen Cunningham was born on January 24, 1934, on a farm in the rural community of Oak Ridge near Ladonia in Fannin County, Texas. He attended two public schools, Bartley-Woods and Ladonia High School, where he graduated on June 1, 1951. He attended East Tex ... [ read more ]

Joseph W. Regian * - 1997

Parent Lodge: Trinity Valley #1048

"If business and commerce are the engines that drive nations to greatness, and I believe that they are, then there must surely be a similar device that can propel mankind to extraordinary achievement and uncommon contentment. I believe that engine in the World today is Fraternity, through the enduring personal relationships and continued self-improvement that it fosters."
- Joseph Regian< ... [ read more ]

Robert P. Walker - 1996

Parent Lodge: Cosmopolitan #872

Robert P. Walker was born in Beaufort, Missouri on October 24, 1927, later moving to Dixon, Missouri, where he graduated from Crocker High School in 1944. He attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1948. Grand Master Walker later attended Columbia Graduate School of Business and received his Master of B ... [ read more ]

Farris L. Benham - 1995

Parent Lodge: Odessa #995

Our Grand Junior Warden Farris L. Benham needs no introduction to Masons in Texas. He has been a Mason for many years and traveled the state as Most Excellent Grand High Priest in 1988-1989.

R:W: Brother Benham, the son of L.F. and Letsy Benham, was born in Clarksville, Texas, on December 7, 1929. After attending public schools and graduation from high school, Farris attended commercial ... [ read more ]

Billy W. Tinsley * - 1994

Parent Lodge: Houston #1189

Billy Wayne Tinsley was born in the rural community of Petteway which is approximately nine miles east of Bremond in Robertson County, Texas on July 27, 1937. The son of Morris Golden and Mary Lillian (Brantner) Tinsley, he attended public school in Houston, Bremond and Calvert, Texas. After graduation from high school in 1955, he moved to Houston and was employed by Texas Gas Corporation which ... [ read more ]

R. O. “Bob” Schnell * - 1993

Parent Lodge: Adobe Walls #1355

Banker, cattleman, electrician, pilot, Sunday School teacher, community leader; just a few of the varied interests of Most Worshipful Robert O. "Bob" Schnell - 154th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, who was elevated to the highest office in Texas Masonry on December 5, 1992.

Born on August 10, 1924 at Okeene, Oklahoma, he attended grade school at Tyrone, Oklahoma - Follett and S ... [ read more ]

J. P. Vogel - 1992

Parent Lodge: Vidor #1286

J. P. Vogel was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 1, 1919. His family moved to Texas when he was quite young and he was educated in the Beaumont, Texas Schools and attended Lamar University, Texas A&M and the Defense Industrial Security Institute in Richmond, Virginia. During World War II, Brother Vogel served five years with the famous 36th Division, Texas National Guard, 143rd Infantry, C ... [ read more ]

Fred E. Allen - 1991

Parent Lodge: Temple #70

When you first meet Fred Allen, you do not immediately get the impression of a highly successful salesman.

Quiet, dignified and unassuming - almost shy - Fred Allen's ability to convince - to sell - becomes more and more apparent as you are exposed to his sincerity and obvious dedication to his purpose.

For, without question, he has proven his sales ability. After graduation from ... [ read more ]

A.D. Hanna * - 1990

Parent Lodge: Iowa Park #713

A. D. Hanna's Masonic background is unusual: "sort of a roundabout road to the top." Raised in Joseph A. Kemp Lodge No. 1287 in September, 1946, he became active in Maskat Temple in 1951. A member of the Director's Staff for several years, he was elected to the Divan in 1958 and served as Potentate in 1962.

Over the years, he was never very far away from his Blue Lodge beginnings, and af ... [ read more ]

Leonard P. Harvey - 1989

Parent Lodge: Keystone #1143

Anyone who has known Leonard Harvey and his record of pulling himself up "by his own bootstraps" from farm boy to successful businessman and outstanding Masonic leader knew exactly what to expect that day in December of 1988 when he leaned forward and had the collar of the Grand Master placed around his neck.

The twelve months of leadership of the Grand Lodge of Texas by Grand Master Leo ... [ read more ]

Graham H. Childress - 1988

Parent Lodge: Sanderson #988

On December 5, 1987, Graham H. Childress became the fifth Mason from west of the Pecos and the one hundred and fiftieth individual to be installed as Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Texas.

Our Grand Master, the only son of Hugh (deceased) and Rachael Childress, was born in San Angelo, on February 17, 1936. He is a fifth generation Texan and shares the heritage of Texas history through ... [ read more ]

John E. “Jack” Kelly * - 1987

Parent Lodge: Blue Bonnet #1219

John E. Jack Kelly, age 85 past Grand Master of Texas Masonry, died May 13, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen; son-in-law, Dr. Wayne Mundahl; grandson, Michael Mundahl and his wife, Judy; and by a host of his Masonic brethren and friends from Texas and throughout the United States.

John E. Kelly was born in Florida, his parents moved to Ohio in 1937, and moved to Texas ... [ read more ]

Perry M. Parker * - 1986

Parent Lodge: Cosmopolitan #872

On December 7, 1985, our Most Worshipful Grand Master Perry M. Parker was installed as Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Texas in a very unique ceremony. In 1968, M:W: Parker served as District Deputy Grand Master_ under the Installing Officer, Past Grand Master J. W. Chandler; and, the Installing Marshal and the Installing Chaplain, Past Grand Masters Herman Vinyard and Dan B. Jordan also ser ... [ read more ]

George R. Scott * - 1985

Parent Lodge: J. H. Gurley #337

On December 8, 1984, Brother George Robert Scott was elected and installed as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas for the ensuing year.

Most Worshipful Grand Master Scott was born in Waco, Texas on January 26, 1920. After graduating from Waco High School in 1938, he was employed by the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Waco until the Texas 36th Infantry Division (National Guard) ... [ read more ]

R. H. “Bob” Waters - 1984

Parent Lodge: Sunset #1388

R. H. "Bob" Waters was born in Honey Grove, Texas on May 11, 1929. He was educated in the Public Schools of Honey Grove, Texas, graduating from High School in 1946. He attended Paris Junior College, Southern Methodist University, North Texas State University and Dallas Bible College. He served in the U.S. Navy, Pacific Theatre during 1946-1950 and was an active Reservist during the years 1958 t ... [ read more ]

J. D. “Buddy” Baccus * - 1983

Parent Lodge: Park Place #1172

On December 4, 1982, The Grand Lodge of Texas, A.F. & A.M., elected James D. Buddy Baccus as Most Worshipful Grand Master of Texas Masons for the ensuing Masonic year.

James D. Baccus was born in Teague, Texas, on July 24, 1924, and was educated in the Public Schools of Teague, Texas, and Sulphur Springs, Texas, graduating from Sulphur Springs High School. He became employed by the P ... [ read more ]

J. M. Willson, Jr. - 1982

Parent Lodge: Floydada #712

James McCrorry Willson, Jr. of Floydada was elected and installed as Grand Master of Texas Masons on December 5, 1981, for the Masonic year 1981-1982.

Most Worshipful Brother Willson was born at Hale Center, Texas on November 30, 1921, the son of James M. Willson and Mavis L. Terry Willson. He attended the public schools of Floydada and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 194 ... [ read more ]

Tom Land * - 1981

Parent Lodge: Polytechnic #925

Most Worshipful Brother Land was born on August 6, 1922, in Krum, Texas. He is a 1941 graduate of our Masonic Home and School in Fort Worth, Texas. After the death of his father in Krum, Texas, Brother Land spent 11 years at the Home with two brothers and two sisters, where he received his elementary and high school education. While at the Home, he was a member of the famous Mighty Mites footba ... [ read more ]

Sam E. Hillburn * - 1980

Parent Lodge: Midland #623

Sam E. Hilburn was installed as the 141st Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons on December 8, 1979.

He was born in Grandfield, Oklahoma June 15, 1921. His early education was in Wichita Falls, Texas and graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1938. He attended Tarleton State University and Texas A&M prior to military service, and graduated fr ... [ read more ]

W. P. Lamb * - 1979

Parent Lodge: Cedar Bayou #321

William Patrick Lamb, of Baytown, Texas was installed as the 140th Grand Master of Texas Masons on December 2, 1978. Brother Lamb was born on May 28, 1914 in Merryville, Louisiana, and has resided in Texas since May 1920, first at Kirbyville and at Baytown since 1940.

He was an employee of the Humble Oil and Refining Company (Exxon) from 1941 to 1970 and since then has operated his own R ... [ read more ]

R. Furman Vinson * - 1978

Parent Lodge: Matador #824

Roy Furman Vinson, farmer and rancher of Flomot, Texas was installed as the 139th Grand Master of Texas Masons on December 3, 1977. A native Texan, Grand Master Vinson was born April 15, 1921, at Matador, Texas, the son of Oscar and Maud Vinson. He was educated in the public schools of Matador and attended Texas Tech until called into military service during World War II. He spent four years in ... [ read more ]

Herman Vinyard * - 1977

Parent Lodge: McAllen #1110

Herman Vinyard, installed as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas on December 2, 1976, is a native of Illinois, where he was born April 26, 1925 at Harrisburg. He received his education in the public schools of Harrisburg and the University of Illinois. From July 9, 1943 to June 19, 1946, he was in the U. S. Marine Corps, serving as Corporal in the South Pacific area.
Grand Master Vin ... [ read more ]

Thomas C. Yantis * - 1976

Parent Lodge: Brownwood #297

Thomas C. Yantis of Brownwood comes from a rich Masonic heritage, being the fourth generation of the Yantis family to hold membership in Brownwood Lodge No. 279 and bearing the name of his grandfather, Thomas Caldwell Yantis, who also was Grand Master of Texas Masons in 1909-19 10. The son of John T. Yantis (deceased PM of Brownwood Lodge) and Hope Arledge Yantis, he was born November 3, 1923 a ... [ read more ]

Robert B. O’Connor * - 1975

Parent Lodge: Anchor #424

Robert Burns O'Connor, attorney of San Antonio, became the 137th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, on December 5, 1974. Occupying the highest position in the Masonic fraternity, he guided the approximately 230,000 Masons of Texas during 1975.

A native of San Antonio, Grand Master O'Connor was born April 25, 1919 and received his education in the ... [ read more ]

Dan B. Jordan * - 1974

Parent Lodge: Houston #1189

Duncan C. Howard * - 1973

Parent Lodge: Fidelis #1127

On December 7, 1972, a Waco dentist, Dr. Duncan Carnes Howard, was elected and installed as the 135th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas. The installing officer was Past Grand Master Lee Lockwood. It is thought that this combination made for a "first" in Texas Masonry since Brother Lockwood is the father-in-law of the Grand Master whom he installed.
The English and Scottish ancestry ... [ read more ]

Jack Hightower * - 1972

Parent Lodge: Vernon #655

The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas had as its Most Worshipful Grand Master during the year 1972, Jack Hightower, a Mason well suited to the honors and qualified for the responsibility conferred upon him by his fellow Masons.

Brother Hightower is a native Texan having been born September 6, 1926, in Memphis, Hall County, Texas, the son of Walter Thomas Hightower, now deceased, a mem ... [ read more ]

Joe W. Steed * - 1971

Parent Lodge: Temple #70

Native Texan, Joe Weldon Steed, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, A F. & A. M., has had a varied and interesting career. He was born on August 31, 1910, in Winnsboro, Wood County, Texas. It was there he spent his early life and completed his Public School training. He continued his education at East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Deg ... [ read more ]

Hal Burnett * - 1970

Parent Lodge: Alpine #766

Hal Burnett was born in San Saba County, Texas, on October 21, 1898, to W. J. and Emma Burnett. When Hal was eight years old he came with his parents to Pecos County. There the family made their home in a two room house. Rather crowded for eight people but none the less home. His early memories are vivid as he tells of the coming of the first automobile to Pecos and graphically brings to life h ... [ read more ]

J. Guy Smith * - 1969

Parent Lodge: Tyler #1233

A Texas law enforcement agency has again furnished one of its fine personnel as an officer in The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, A. F. & A. M., in Joseph Guy Smith. He is Regional Commander of the Department of Public Safety, Region Number 1, Dallas, Texas, and he served the Masons of Texas as their Grand Master 1968-69.

Bro. Smith was born in Comanche, Texas, on March 23, 190 ... [ read more ]

J. W. Chandler * - 1968

Parent Lodge: Reagan #1037

J. W. Chandler, who served as Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas for 1967-1968, was born at Falfurrias, Texas, on November 21, 1919.

In 1930 he moved to Houston, Texas, where he attended public schools and Lamar High School. In addition, Brother Chandler attended Business College, Houston Vocational College and has completed numerous Extension and Correspondence cou ... [ read more ]

J. D. Tomme, Jr. * - 1967

Parent Lodge: Panther City #1183

The man who led Texas Masonry as Grand Master of Masons in Texas for 1966-1967 was born in Orange, Texas, on August 25, 1923. He was destined to follow in his father's footsteps in two respects; he would become a dentist and he would become a Mason. After leading the Craft, he would also see his father receive his 50-Year Masonic Service Award in March of 1968.

Five years after the birth ... [ read more ]

H. W. Fullingim * - 1966

Parent Lodge: H. A. McFarland #1338

The first settlers of Wise County, Texas, were the grandparents and other relatives of Henry William Fullingim, who was born October 17, 1914, on a farm three miles north of Decatur. His parents were Alfred Baker Fullingim and Mahala Ball Fullingim, both natives of Wise County. He is the youngest of eight brothers and sisters, Estelle Mills, Archer, Lena Finke, Ford, Virginia Sims and Alf, all ... [ read more ]

J. Carroll Hinsley * - 1965

Parent Lodge: Austin #12

In the little town of Gurdon, Clark County, Arkansas, on August 28, 1908, their first son was born to William Jefferson and Mattie Hinsley, who named him John Carroll. The father was at that time Pastor of the Baptist Church in Gurdon. Subsequent moves brought the family, then consisting of the father and mother, the son, and two daughters, to the small town of Booneville in the western part of ... [ read more ]

John R. Collard, Jr. * - 1964

Parent Lodge: Hansford #1040

Brother John R. Collard, Jr., was born at Hansford, Texas, on October 14, 1914. He received his early education in Spearman and Vernon grade schools, later attending Amarillo High School and New Mexico Military Institute. He continued his education in Texas Military College, Texas A. & M. and Southern California, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

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Jim W. Weatherby * - 1963

Parent Lodge: Kerrville #697

Jim W. Weatherby, Kerrville, Texas, was born in Hubbard, Texas, November 28, 1910. He attended Hubbard High School, Schreiner Institute, Kerrville, and Baylor University, Waco, receiving the degrees of B.A. and L.L.B.

Brother Weatherby is President of the Chas. Schreiner Bank, Kerrville, Texas. He has served as County Attorney and County Judge of Kerr County; District Attorney of the 38t ... [ read more ]

Robert L. Dillard, Jr. * - 1962

Parent Lodge: Dallas #760

Robert L. Dillard, Jr., Dallas, Texas, was born in Corsicana, Texas, in 1913. He attended Wichita Falls High School and Junior College, Southern Methodist University (B. S. 1934; and LL.B., 1935); and Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (LL.M., 1936). He practiced law with Saner, Saner and Jack in Dallas from 1936 to 1941, at which time he became Assistant City Attorney of Dallas.

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William G. Proctor * - 1961

Parent Lodge: Saint John's #51

William Green Proctor was born in Dixon County, Tennessee, on December 26, 1901.

Brother Proctor moved to Texas at the age of fourteen and settled with the family at Emory, Texas, in 1915. In 1926, he moved to McKinney, Texas, established a business for himself and has been in that town ever since.

In 1921 Brother Proctor married Willie Susie Bass at Paris, Texas, and they have tw ... [ read more ]

John T. Bean * - 1960

Parent Lodge: Ysleta #1333

John Thomas Bean, Grand Master of Masons in Texas in 1960, was born at Esperanza, Hudspeth County, Texas, on June 30, 1912. He entered the Masonic Home and School of Texas on August 28, 1920, after the death of his father, Brother James B. Bean, Texas Ranger and United States Mounted Custom Inspector. His mother was Isabel McGovern Bean, a prominent church and civic worker at Esperanza, Texas.< ... [ read more ]

Randall E. Briscoe * - 1959

Parent Lodge: Anson Jones #1313

Randall Eugene Briscoe was born in Houston, Harris County, Texas, on the second day of September, 1908, the only son of Dr. and Mrs. Sam Mason Briscoe.

He spent his childhood years with his parents at Houston, Texas, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Harlingen, Lovelady, and Trinity, Texas.

In 1934, he returned to Houston, where he was employed by The Hunt Tool Company until the latter ... [ read more ]

John G. Kemmerer * - 1958

Parent Lodge: Julian Feild #908

A Biographical sketch, such as this, can only strive to touch upon some of the more salient facets of the personality under review. But first, a word concerning his early days.

On February 28th, 1904, "Dr. Stork" arrived in Lehighton, Pa., with a baby boy whom he delivered to George H. and Ella P. Kemmerer who promptly christened him John George. His school "vacations" were spent in atte ... [ read more ]

Paul Turney * - 1957

Parent Lodge: Dee Ora #715

Valrious Paul Turney, a prominent rancher of Sonora, Texas, was born in Comstock, Val Verde County, Texas, October 19, 1893. He attended elementary school at Sonora, Texas, Coronal Institute at San Marcos and San Angelo Business College at San Angelo. He is a member of the Sonora Methodist Church and has served for several years on the Board of Stewards.

On October 30, 1914, Brother Turn ... [ read more ]

William W. Boothe * - 1956

Parent Lodge: Paris #27

William Wesley (Bill) Boothe was born in Starrville, Smith County, Texas, November 23, 1888, moved to Paris, Texas, at an early age and received his education in the Paris schools. He is a member and an ardent worker in the First Methodist Church of Paris. He owned and operated a Sheet Metal Shop from February 1, 1908, until his retirement on April 19, 1953, and is a member of the Chamber of Co ... [ read more ]

George C. Moffett * - 1955

Parent Lodge: Chilicothe #876

When the Grand Lodge of Texas, on the afternoon of December 2, 1954, installed Brother George Moffett of Chillicothe, Texas, as Grand Master for the ensuing year, it extended recognition to the large number of Brethren in the northwestern part of Texas. Brother Moffett is a native of that region and resides further from the permanent headquarters of the Grand Lodge than any other Grand Master w ... [ read more ]

W. B. Jack Ball * - 1954

Parent Lodge: Albert Pike #1169

W. B. Jack Ball, Grand Master of Masons in Texas in the year of 1954, was born in Farmersville, Collin County, Texas, on the twenty-first day of September, 1896, the son of T. E. Ball and Mary Philpot Ball.

Brother Ball attended public schools in Farmersville, Texas, and was Class Salutatorian in the graduating class of 1914. He attended the University of Texas and the Law School of the ... [ read more ]

John McKee * - 1953

Parent Lodge: Trinity Valley #1048

In the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on August 18, 1907, Mr. and Mrs. Warren McKee became the proud parents of a son, whom they named John. These descendants of the great Scotch clan Mackay, saw to it that their son and heir was reared in an atmosphere and environment conducive to the building of character, instilling in his heart and mind a deep and abiding love of country, respect for his ... [ read more ]

Gibb Gilchrist * - 1952

Parent Lodge: Sul Russ #1300

During the Masonic Year of 1952, the office of Grand Master of Masons in Texas was ably filled by Gibb Gilchrist, who was born at Wills Point, Texas, on December 23, 1887, the youngest of eight children born to Angus Jackson Gilchrist and Kate Douglass Gilchrist. He finished high school at Wills Point and then entered Southwestern University at Georgetown, where he studied for one year before a ... [ read more ]

William J. Burris * - 1951

Parent Lodge: McAllen #1110

William Jennings (Bill) Burris, Grand Master of Masons in Texas during 1951, was born near Kemp, Kaufman County, Texas, on July 7, 1900, the son of John Quincy Adams Burris and Alma Harrell Burris.

The Grand Master attended the public schools at Kemp. He enlisted and served in the U. S. Navy in World War I from 1918 to 1919. He attended the University of Texas from 1922 to 1926.

O ... [ read more ]

Albert J. Delange * - 1950

Parent Lodge: Houston #1189

On the afternoon of December 9, 1949, the Grand Lodge of Texas, at its Annual Communication held in Waco, Texas, installed Brother Albert J. De Lange of Houston, Texas, as Most Worshipful Grand Master. It was then prophesied that, "When his term of office has expired, when the final accounting of his stewardship has been filed of record, may those who succeed him in that exalted position recall ... [ read more ]

Hugh M. Craig * - 1949

Parent Lodge: Fort Worth #148

Hugh M. Craig was born on December 8th, 1897, in Bowie, Montague County, Texas. While an infant, his parents moved to Fort Worth, where he has since made his home. Upon the death of his father in February, 1910, Craig and his two younger sisters were admitted to the Masonic Home and School as wards of Fort Worth Lodge No. 148.

Immediately after graduating from this School, he was employe ... [ read more ]

Horace K. Jackson * - 1948

Parent Lodge: Gatesville #197

Horace Kellard Jackson, Grand Master of Masons of Texas in the year of 1948, was born at Sunset, Montague County, Texas, on the second day of September, 1899, and lived there until 1909, moved to Burkburnett and resided there until 1917. He then attended Baylor University for four years and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1921 and thereafter resided at Seymour, Texas, until 1936, wh ... [ read more ]

R. Bruce Brannon * - 1947

Parent Lodge: Hillsboro #196

Wherever Masons gather there will be but one Brother Bruce, as he is affectionately known and called throughout the length and breadth of Texas, where he served the Craft so faithfully, and with such distinction in 1947.

Brother Brannon was born in Mounds, Illinois, November 12, 1900, and shortly thereafter was carried to Arkansas by his parents, where he grew up, attending public school ... [ read more ]

Pat Morris Neff * - 1946

Parent Lodge: Levelland #1236

Truly one of Texas' most distinguished and brilliant sons, born on a farm-ranch near McGregor, Texas, -the seventh and youngest child of Noah and Isabella Shephard Neff, formerly of Roanoke, Va., who were married in 1854, and set out almost immediately in a private conveyance for Texas. Their farm, where they first built a small log house, was bought from the State of Texas. In 1921, while her ... [ read more ]

Bascom Giles * - 1945

Parent Lodge: Austin #12

Claud L. Austin * - 1944

Parent Lodge: A. C. Garrett #1216

To us has been given a most pleasant assignment, but one that we regret that we do not have the power of expression to convey concerning Claud Lee Austin, who served as Grand Master of Masons in Texas, having been installed at our 108th Grand Annual Communication in December, 1943, and presiding over the 109th Grand Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Texas in December, 1944.

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Rogers C. Kelly * - 1943

Parent Lodge: Hidalgo #1036

Brother Rogers Kelley was born at Henrietta, Clay County, Texas, on December 11, 1902, the son of Luther A. Kelley and Ethel R. Kelley. His father, Luther A. Kelley, was born in Saline County, Missouri, near the town of Cambridge, moving to Clay County, Texas, with his father in 1890, and was one of the pioneer merchants of Henrietta, residing there until 1925, when he moved to Mercedes in the ... [ read more ]

Ernest M. Wood * - 1942

Parent Lodge: Anson #575

In December, 1837, delegates from three Masonic Lodges in the Republic of Texas met in Convention Hall in Houston and formed the Grand Lodge of the Republic. Brother Anson Jones, M. D., was duly elected and thereafter installed the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas.
On December 8, 1939, at the 103rd Grand Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Texas held i ... [ read more ]

Sam B. Cantey, Jr. * - 1941

Parent Lodge: Julian Feild #908

Samuel Benton Cantey, Jr., Grand Master of Masons in Texas in the year 1941, was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 17, 1893, being the fourth child of Samuel Benton Cantey, Sr., and Italia Brooks Cantey. The Grand Master's father was born in Fort Mitchell, Alabama, in 1861, and moved to Texas in 1880 and established in 1881 the law firm of which the Grand Master is a member.

The Grand M ... [ read more ]

Leo S. Hart * - 1940

Parent Lodge: Bethesda #142

On July 24th, 1898, there was born in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas, Leo Shafter Hart, who was destined to become one of Texas' most distinguished and best-known Masons and who, in December, 1939, would become the 99th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas.

Brother Hart is a descendant of one of Texas' most distinguished pioneer families; his grandfather, W. H. Hart, settled in Upshur ... [ read more ]

Lee Lockwood * - 1939

Parent Lodge: Fidelis #1127

Lee Lockwood, the ninety-eighth Grand Master of all Masons in Texas, was born in Waco, Texas, the domicile of the Grand Lodge of Texas, on November 11, 1900, being the only child of James Harvey Lockwood and Gussie Doss Lockwood. The Grand Master's father was born in Bloomingburgh in the State of New York, but moved to Texas at the age of 12 years, settling shortly thereafter at Waco. Brother L ... [ read more ]

John Temple Rice * - 1938

Parent Lodge: El Paso #130

Happy was El Paso Lodge No. 130, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, on December 2nd, 1937, when its illustrious Brother, John Temple Rice, was elected Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas. Thrice happy was El Paso Lodge No. 130, and the rank and file of Texas Masons on December 7th, 1938, when Most Worshipful John Temple Rice, as Grand Master, let fall the gavel that called t ... [ read more ]

Galloway Calhoun * - 1937

Parent Lodge: St. Johns #53

Charles Galloway Calhoun was born in Athens, Texas, on August 22nd, 1894, the son of Reverend J. C. Calhoun and wife, Bettie Calhoun. His parents are of the sturdy, upright, and God-fearing stock typical of the men and women who pioneered the paths of civilization in the early days of our state.

His father was a Methodist minister who moved from Henry County, Alabama, to Texas when he wa ... [ read more ]

W. M. Weatherred * - 1936

Parent Lodge: Coleman #946

At the Grand Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, A. F. & A. M., held in the City of Waco, Texas, on the 5th day of December, A. D. 1935, Brother W. M. Marcus Weatherred was elected, and on December 6th was installed as Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, A. F. & A. M. He served through the year 1936 until his successor was elected and ... [ read more ]

John G. Crooker * - 1935

Parent Lodge: Gray #329

When appraisement is made of what was done during the Masonic year closing with the One Hundredth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Texas, it will be found to have been notably a year of quickening among the Craft, of aroused interest among the rank and file, of renewed and increased activity, particularly among the smaller Lodges and those more remote from large centers. Somehow, over ... [ read more ]

William S. Cooke * - 1934

Parent Lodge: Cooke-Peavy #1162

On December 5, 1934, at Waco, the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas was opened in ample form for its 99th Annual Communication. The Most Worshipful Grand Master, William Stephenson Cooke, presided and the gavel used by him during the session was fashioned from a black walnut hand-hewn pillar taken from the home in which he was born, which gavel had previous to the opening of the Grand Lodge ... [ read more ]

Wallace Hughston * - 1933

Parent Lodge: Plano #768

Alva Bryan * - 1932

Parent Lodge: Waco #92

James W. McClendon * - 1931

Parent Lodge: Hill City #456

Hiram F. Lively * - 1930

Parent Lodge: Dallas #760

Frank Hartgraves * - 1929

Parent Lodge: Ft. San Saba #784

G. R. M. Montgomery * - 1928

Parent Lodge: Ft. Worth #148

Marvin A. Childers * - 1927

Parent Lodge: Sinton #1012

Edwin R. Bryan * - 1926

Parent Lodge: Midland #623

Guinn Williams * - 1925

Parent Lodge: Decatur #447

Gus A. Brandt * - 1924

Parent Lodge: Holland #1

Michael H. Thomas * - 1923

Parent Lodge: Dallas #760

David F. Johnson * - 1922

Parent Lodge: Brownwood #279

Andrew L. Randell * - 1921

Parent Lodge: Travis #117

George F. Morgan * - 1920

Parent Lodge: Five Points #1137

Alonzo A. Ross * - 1919

Parent Lodge: Lockhart #690

John R. Arnold * - 1918

Parent Lodge: Clinton #23

Frank C. Jones * - 1917

Parent Lodge: Holland #1

Dan S. McMillin * - 1916

Parent Lodge: Whitewright #167

Jewel P. Lightfoot * - 1915

Parent Lodge: Frank Sexton #206

A. W. Houston * - 1914

Parent Lodge: Alamo #44

Joseph J. Mansfield * - 1913

Parent Lodge: Caledonia #68

Samuel P. Cochran * - 1912

Parent Lodge: Dallas #760

Walter L. Ackers * - 1911

Parent Lodge: Waxahachie #90

Thomas C. Yantis * - 1910

Parent Lodge: Brownwood #279

James J. Davis * - 1909

Parent Lodge: Harmony #6

W. Lee Moore * - 1908

Parent Lodge: Wichita Falls #635

John P. Bell * - 1907

Parent Lodge: Bellville #223

Stephen M. Bradley * - 1906

Parent Lodge: Stanfield #217

A. W. Campbell * - 1905

Parent Lodge: Tannehill #52

William James * - 1904

Parent Lodge: Cleburne #315

W. Madden Fly * - 1903

Parent Lodge: Gonzales #30

William Clark * - 1902

Parent Lodge: Jefferson #38

Nathan M. Washer * - 1901

Parent Lodge: Fort Worth #148

Robert M. Lusk * - 1900

Parent Lodge: Constantine #13

Sam R. Hamilton * - 1899

Parent Lodge: Farmersville #214

John L. Terrell * - 1898

Parent Lodge: Artesia #406

Albert B. Watkins * - 1897

Parent Lodge: Athens #165

B. R. Abernethy * - 1896

Parent Lodge: Gonzales #30

H. A. Garrison * - 1895

Parent Lodge: Sulphur Springs #221

B. F. Frymier * - 1894

Parent Lodge: Wharton #621

Thomas B. Cochran * - 1893

Parent Lodge: San Gabriel #89

John Watson * - 1892

Parent Lodge: Friendship #16

George W. Tyler * - 1891

Parent Lodge: Salado #296

A. S. Richardson * - 1890

Parent Lodge: Gray #329

W. S. Fly * - 1889

Parent Lodge: Gonzales #30

Anson Rainey * - 1888

Parent Lodge: Waxahachie #90

A. J. Rose * - 1887

Parent Lodge: Salado #296

Z. E. Coombes * - 1886

Parent Lodge: Tannehill #52

Benjain A. Botts * - 1885

Parent Lodge: Holland #1

W. H. Nichols * - 1884

Parent Lodge: Harmony #6

Charles Stewart * - 1883

Parent Lodge: Gray #329

T. M. Matthews * - 1882

Parent Lodge: Pine #203

James H. McLeary * - 1881

Parent Lodge: Alamo #44

Edwin G. Bower * - 1880

Parent Lodge: Tannehill #52

John B. Jones * - 1879

Parent Lodge: Corsicana #174

Norton Moses * - 1878

Parent Lodge: Robert E. Lee #413

Marcus F. Mott * - 1877

Parent Lodge: Harmony #6

Joseph D. Sayers * - 1876

Parent Lodge: Gamble #224

Thomas R. Bonner * - 1875

Parent Lodge: St. John's #53

James F. Miller * - 1874

Parent Lodge: Gonzales #30

WM. Bramlette* - 1873

Parent Lodge: Paris #27

T. J. H. Anderson* - 1872

Parent Lodge: St. Paul #177

Clinton M. Winkler* - 1871

Parent Lodge: Corsicana #174

Philip C. Tucker, JR.* - 1870

Parent Lodge: Harmony #6

Peter W. Gray* - 1869

Parent Lodge: Holland #1

John R. Fretwell* - 1868

Parent Lodge: Lavaca #36

Richard Duglass* - 1867

Parent Lodge: Lothrop #21

Robert M. Elgin* - 1866

Parent Lodge: Austin #12