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Passing of Suzanne Kirby

It comes with great sorrow to inform you of the passing of PGM Jerry Kirby’s beloved wife, Suzanne.

Family Visitation will be Friday, February 16th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Wayne Boaz Funeral Home – 1826 US 287 (Business), Waxahachie, Texas (Phone: 972-923-2700)

Funeral Services will be Saturday, February 17th at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, Red Oak, Texas – 600 Daubitz Drive, Red Oak, Texas  (Phone: 972-617-9100)  

Interment following services will be at Hughes Cemetery, Avalon, Texas

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be made in Suzanne’s name to:

  • Rainbow Girls International
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • First United Methodist Church (Red Oak)

Cards for the family can be sent to P.O Box 354, Red Oak, Texas 75154

Please keep the Kirby family in your thoughts and prayers.

Obituary for Past Grand Master Bob Waters

Past Grand Master Robert Henry “Bob” Waters – 1983-1984

Robert Henry Waters, 88, born on May 11, 1929 to Ruth Bell Avery Waters and Albert Henry Waters in Honey Grove, Texas.  He passed away on January 31, 2018.  Robert will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

Visitation for Robert will be on Monday, February 12, from 6-8 PM at Restland Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be on Tuesday, February 13 at 2:30 PM in the Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral Home.  Graveside service will follow in Restland Cemetery.

Robert H. Waters is survived by his wife, Sondra L. Shiver – Waters, one daughter, Tracey Richerson and husband Dennis Richerson of Missouri, three granddaughters, 1 grandson, 1 great granddaughter & two great grandsons.

Preceded in death by first wife, Minnie Waters and one son, Jeffery Clay Waters and nephew Gary Spann.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery, 13005 Greenville Avenue, at Restland Road, Dallas, Texas 75243.

A Native Texan, Brother R. H. Bob Waters was born in Honey Grove, Texas on May 11, 1929, attended Paris Junior College, Southern Methodist University, North Texas State University and Dallas Bible College.  He served in the U. S. Merchant Marine. 1945-1946. He served in the U. S. Navy, Pacific Theater during 1946-1950, was an active Navy Reservist 1958-1981, receiving the First Reserve Seabee Brigade Certificate of Achievement in 1974 and the 22nd Reserve Seabee Battalion “Seabee of the Year” in 1976. He retired from the Naval Reserve Service on February 1, 1981.

Brother Waters and Minne Salazr of Bellville, Texas were married on August 20, 1949. They have two Children, four Grandchildren and four Great Grandchildren. They are members of First Baptist Church, Garland, Texas. Brother Waters was a Sunday School Teacher and superintendent for many years.

Brother Waters’ Civic Activities, have included service   with the Lions Club, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Garland Police Monitor and Garland Optimist Club, where he served four years as Secretary.

Brother Waters retired after 31 years of service with Lever Brothers on March 1, 1988 where he was District Manager, Dallas District, managing company affairs within an eight state area. His District was, for several years at the top in sales achievements, and at his retirement, was ranked number 4 out of a total of 18 Districts in the United States.


  • Raised a Master Mason in Honey Grove Lodge No. 164 AF  & AM on September 7, 1951
  • Member of Trinity Valley Lodge No. 1048, 1960-1967
  • Member of Anchor Lodge No. 424, 1968-1972
  • Past Master & Life Member of Sunset Lodge No. 1388.
  • Life Member of Garland Lodge No 441.
  • Life Member of Allen Lodge No. 1435
  • Endowed Member of Mesquite Lodge No, 928.
  • Endowed Member of R. C. Buckner Lodge No. 1176
  • Endowed Member of Chalk Mountain Lodge No. 894.
  • Endowed Member of Venus Lodge No. 804.
  • Endowed Member of Aubrey E. Hope Lodge No. 1446, Secretary 1990-1993.
  • Past Master & Endowed Member of Honey Grove Lodge No. 164.
  • Member of Royce City Lodge No. 663
  • Past Master & Endowed Member of Roxton Lodge No. 543.
  • Past Master & Endowed Member of Constantine Lodge No. 13, Secretary 2009 – present
  • Golden Trowel Award – 2010
  • Member of Ashley Lodge No. 681
  • Member of Excelsior Lodge No. 505
  • Past High Priest & Life Member of Garland Chapter No. 451, RAM
  • Secretary Garland Chapter No. 451 RAM 1960-1964 & 1972-1980
  • Life Member of Dallas Chapter No. 47, RAM
  • Past Thrice Illustrious Master & Life Member of Garland Council No. 118 R&SM.
  • Life Member of Dallas Council No. 18, R&SM.
  • Past Commander & Life Member of A.C. Garrett Commandery No. 103, K.T.
  • Life Member of Dallas Commandery No. 6, K.T.
  • President of the InterimBoard of Directors, Texas Retirement Center, 1977.
  • District Deputy Grand Master, Cryptic District No. 51-A, Grand Council R&SM of Texas, 1977.
  • District Deputy Grand Master, Masonic District No. 14-D, Grand Lodge of Texas, 1979.
  • Served as Grand High Priest, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, RAM, 1978-1979.
  • Served as Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM 1983-1984.
  • Served as Master of Kadosh, Master of the Royal Secret, Dallas Consistory, 1987
  • Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Alabama, RAM, near Texas.
  • Grand Representative of the Grand Council of New Jersey, R&SM, near Texas
  • Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Florida, F&AM, near Texas
  • Credentials Committee, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas RAM 1972-1975
  • Public Relations & Membership Committee, Grand Chapter/Grand Council of Texas 1980-1984
  • Grand Officers Reports Committee, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas 1981-1985.
  • Purposes & Policies Committee, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, RAM 1985-1989, Chairman 1988-1989.
  • York Rite Festival, Liason & Coordinating Committee, Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, 1989-1991
  • By-Laws Committee, Grand Council of Texas, R&SM, 1980-1984
  • Finance Committee, Grand Council of Texas R&SM, 1985-1989
  • Chairman, Memorials Committee, Grand Council of Texas, R&SM, 1991.
  • Purposes &Policies Committee, Grand Council of Texas, R&SM, 1992-1997, Chairman, 1992, 1994, 1995.
  • Chairman, Membersahip Committee, District One, Grand Commandey of Texas, 1979-1983
  • Printing Committee, Grand Commandery of Texas, K.T. 1992
  • Fraternal Relations Committee, Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM 1987-1989
  • Grand Officers Report Committee, Grand Lodge of Texas , AF&AM 1990-1991
  • Purposes and Policies Committee, Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM, 1992-1998. Chairman, 1992, 1995, and 1998.
  • Grand Lodge Library and Museum Board of Directors, 2008 to present
  • Life Esoteric Certificate, Class A. Grand Lodge of Texas, AF&AM
  • 20 Year Esoteric Certificate, Grand Chapter, RAM & Grand Council, R&SM.
  • 33rd Degree Inspector General Horoary & Life Member, Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies
  • Past Sovereign, Ascension Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine.
  • Past Preceptor of Tabernacle No. IX, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, Registrar, 1992 to Present.
  • Member of Texas College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis.
  • Super Excellent Master.
  • Member of Order of High Priesthood.
  • Member of Order of the Silver Trowel.
  • Member in Perpetuity, Waco-Connally Chapter No. 482, National Sojourners.
  • Member of Hella Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.
  • Life Member, Knights of Mecca, Hella Temple.
  • Member of Texas York Rite College No. 14.
  • Member of North Texas York Rite College No. 118.
  • Member of Royal Order of Scotland.
  • Member of Texas Priory No. 23, K.Y.C.H., Two Quadrants.
  • Member of North Texas Priory No. 73, K.Y.C.H., Two Quadrants.
  • Member of York Rite Esoteric Association of Texas.
  • Life Member of Chinar Grotto, Houston, Texas.
  • Charter Monarch of Alla Grotto, Dallas, Texas, Chartered 273 Prophets, 1st Lined 111 Candidates.
  • Life member, V.I.P., Grottoes of North America.
  • Secretary, Alla Grotto, Dallas, Texas, 1988-1990.
  • Fraternal Relations Committee, Grottoes of North America 1988-1990. Vice-Chairman, 1989-1990.
  • Zone Director, El Texa Grotto 1988-1990.
  • Distribution & Credentials Committee Grottoes of N. A., 1989.
  • Grievances & Appeals Committee, Grottoes of N.A., 1990.
  • Grand Line Aide, Grottoes of N.A. 1989-1990.
  • Life Member of Garland Chapter No. 156, Order of Eastern Star.
  • 20 Year Advisory Board Member, Order of DeMolay.
  • Cross of Honor, Order of DeMolay, 1963.
  • Legion of Honor, Order of DeMolay, 1973.
  • Colonel, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
  • Member of the Sam Houston Hall of Fame.

Further Points of Interest

Brother Waters, during his four years of Service to the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, attended over 800 tiled meetings, and traveled some 85,000 miles. He attended 135 of the 197 Royal Arch Chapters of Texas and during his year as Grand High Priest attended 250 tiled meetings and traveled 30,000 miles by automobile.

During Brother Waters’ four years of service to the Grand Lodge of Texas, he attended 921 tiled meetings, and during his year as Grand Master he attended 321 tiled Masonic Meetings, Leveled 14 Cornerstones, Dedicated 10 Buildings, Opened a Special Representation of the Grand Lodge of Texas in the Senate Chamber, at the State Capital in Austin, Texas, (the Second time in the History of the Grand Lodge of Texas; Brother Sam Houston was privileged to open the Grand Lodge in the Senate Chamber)  for the first Masonic Awareness Day (over 5,000 present), and attended 4 other Grand Jurisdictions, traveling some 42,566 miles by car and thousands and thousands of miles by air. He wore his apron to some 200 meetings a year until it was presented to Honey Grove Lodge No. 164 to hang in the Lodge Room as a memento.

Truly, Right Worshipful Brother Waters was and has continued to be one of the most traveled and best known Grand Lodge Officers and Mason in the history of this Grand Lodge, having visited, during his service, as a Grand Officer, 622 of the Texas lodges, 137 of the Texas Chapters & Councils, 81 of the Commanderys, all 9 of the Scottish Rite Bodies, 14 Sister Grand Lodge Jurisdictions and 5 of our Sister Grand Chapter & Grand Council Jurisdictions.

Funeral arrangements for Past Grand Master Bob Waters

Past Grand Master Bob Waters

A visitation will be held on Monday, February 12th from 6pm to 8pm at the Restland Funeral Home located at:

13005 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75243

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, February 13th in the Memorial Chapel of the Restland Funeral Home at 2:30pm. There will be a representation of Grand Lodge before the funeral.

Instead of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Cornerstone Baptist Church at:

Cornerstone Baptist Church
PO BOX 158
Trenton, TX 75490

Funeral arrangements for Past Grand Master Leonard Harvey

Past Grand Master Leonard Harvey.

Graveside service will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Restland Memorial Park, located at 13005 Greenville Ave. Dallas, Tx.

A Representation of the Grand Lodge will be opened at Keystone Lodge # 1143, at 10:00 am. Located at 12823 Demetra, Farmers Branch, Tx.

Please call if you have any questions.

Leonard P. Harvey, PGM (1989) has passed away

It is with the deepest regret to inform you that Leonard P. Harvey, PGM (1989) passed away last night. We will keep you up to date with funeral arrangements as soon as we receive them in the office. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Grand Masters Message

My Brethren:

I have been traveling on this road of Service that I was privileged for you to set me on four years ago.

There are not many days left in my account and the hourglass will soon be empty. We have had great times and great tragedies. I was blessed to travel to England to witness the tercentenary celebration of the United Grand Lodge of England where was assembled the greatest number of Grand Masters in one place in the history of the world. As guests of the United Grand Lodge of England, we were treated royally. It was spectacular.

Hurricane Harvey showed us the heights of bravery our Brethren have and their capacity to withstand any tragedy. Their courage in the face of disaster and strength of will to persevere in the face of all problems that assailed them was demonstrated over and over by our brethren. I have never been so proud to be a Mason. Our brethren were foremost in the rescue effort and regardless of the cold, rain, peril or anything else were not deterred is their efforts to brings relief, save lives, and aid their fellow man.

The program of Service has been well taken this year and I am extremely grateful. The impact across our state is truly immeasurable and the attitude about Masonry has changed for the good because more people know what we stand for and what our purposes are.

The Grand Lodge session is drawing close and we have several things to vote on and people to elect. Please attend! The vote and the elections will shape our future.

Finally, I wish to extend my thanks from a grateful heart for the privilege of Service to this Grand Lodge. It has been my way of life for fifty years and will continue to be my way of life. The Privilege you gave me was the achievement of a lifetime dream, and I can never, never, never repay you.

God Bless You and God Bless the Grand Lodge of Texas!

Your Brother,
Jerry Nelson Kirby
Grand Master

2018 Grand Lodge – Pre-registration Form

The DEADLINE for Preregistration is December 28, 2017. No Preregistrations will be accepted AFTER that date in order to give our volunteers time to prepare the packets—It MUST be in the Grand Secretary’s Office by that date. Please send in these forms with the $25.00 registration fee (check or money order) as soon as possible. Forms without the fee will not be processed and that Member will not be preregistered.


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What is the Good of Masonry?

IT IS only right that Masons should be able to answer this question. It would require more space than we can command in this booklet to treat this question exclusively, but we would simply call attention to the following answers:

1. Masonry begets a confidence between individuals that neither party nor sect can accomplish; this is a benefit that extends into every ramification of social life.

2. It confers authority upon its members to speak confidently yet prudently to an erring brother. It will never be known in this world how many dear brethren have been saved from temporal and spiritual ruin by whispered counsel, sympathetic warning and proffered aid. The written and unwritten annals of the Order are full of illustrations of this fact.

3. Masonry possesses an universal language, understood in all countries, by all nationalities, of many tongues, and of all monotheistic creeds. That language is understood as well in the night season, as by day. The deaf, dumb and blind can use it, as Masons can communicate with one another as long as they possess the sense of hearing, seeing, feeling, or speaking; so that it is strictly true, that Masons can communicate without seeing one another, or hearing one another, or feeling one another, or speaking a word; either in the day time or night season, though of course one of these faculties must necessarily be used. There is nothing like this wonderful language for universality, so that amid all the vicissitudes of human life, the Mason feels that only one word of Masonic language is sufficient to call to his aid the good offices of brethren near and dear to his heart.

4. It gives men, irrespective of paltry considerations, a code of life principles, intensifying the noble aspirations. It makes them cosmopolitan, breaking down the petty barriers of country, state, county, town, sect, set, profession, business, family and wealth. The highest of titles is Brother-no other can take its place. The talents of a hod-carrier may place him in the chair. A Grand Master of Ireland, many years ago, the Duke of Leicester, boasted of having risen through every grade, from that of Junior Deacon to the throne of Grand Master. The late President Roosevelt often sat in his Lodge, over which his gardener presided as Master.

5. It unites men in a common work for a common good, as broad and catholic as mankind. It teaches men that sects, parties and side issues never could influence beyond the bounds of petty associations. It sternly refuses to proselytise, as it wants no material untried. If mankind be unworthy of such a beneficent institution, it can wait. It has taken centuries for mankind to arrive at its present state of imperfect moral life; perhaps the time may come when the whole earth shall have become one great Lodge, the ideal of Masonry. Then there will be one government, one faith, one brotherhood, one nation, all brethren, because all the children of the Holy, Blessed and Glorious Supreme Architect of the Universe.

The Grand Lodge of Texas, Ten Short Lessons in Masonic Philosophy , (Pages 23-25) Copyright by The Grand Lodge of Texas 1930 (Reprinted 2008)