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Page 4 The North Carolina Mason September/October 2018 T h e m i s s i o n o f f r e e m a s o n r y i n n o r T h Ca r o l i n a i s T o r a i s e T h e m o r a l , s o C i a l , i n T e l l e C T u a l , a n d s p i r i T u a l C o n s C i e n C e o f s o C i e T y b y T e a C h i n g T h e a n C i e n T a n d e n d u r i n g p h i l o s o p h i C a l TeneTs of broTherly love, relief, and TruTh, whiCh are expressed ouTwardly Through serviCe To god, family, CounTry, and self under The faTherhood of god wiThin The broTherhood of man. (USPS 598-260) is published bimonthly by e Grand Lodge of AF & AM of North Carolina, 2921 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608. ird class postage paid at Oxford, NC 27565. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to e North Carolina Mason, School Of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, Oxford, NC 27565. Grand Master Speed Hallman Board Of Publication Kenneth Wayne Lambert, Chairman John R. Beaman III John S. Dodd Adam Russell Cloninger Dwight Stephen Decoskey II Editor Beth Grace Good quality pictures are essential for suitable reproduction. e right to re- ject any submission not suitable for use is reserved. Pictures will be returned to the sender only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Email submissions are welcome; high resolution, unaltered JPGs and Rich Text Format documents are preferred. Submissions and other correspon- dence should be sent to the editor at 2921 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608 or . Each North Carolina Mason is a subscriber to e North Carolina Mason. If you know a member who is not receiving the paper, please send us his full name, his complete address, and the name and number of his lodge. Masonic widows receive e Mason free upon request. Subscriptions are available to others at a rate of ve dollars per year. Subscription inquiries and address changes only should be sent to: e School of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina 27565. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of The North Carolina Mason, the Grand Lodge, or Board of Publication. FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK Grand Master Speed Hallman ................................. Deputy Grand Master Dwight M. "Mack" Sigmon Senior Grand Warden P. Shaun Bradshaw ............ Junior Grand Warden R. David Wicker .................... Grand Treasurer Lewis R. Ledford (PGM) ............... Grand Secretary T. Walton Clapp III Senior Grand Deacon Larry B. ompson Jr. Junior Grand Deacon Kevan D. Frazier Grand Marshal Donald E. Kehler Grand Steward Robert W. Rideout ............................ Grand Steward Steve M. Norris ................................... Grand Tyler John W. Speed II Grand Chaplain James G. Jones Grand Lecturer Donald M. Helton Dan Hopping photo NORTH CAROLINA The Mason By Beth Grace Editor ■ see BRANTLEY, page 14 Devoted Bro. Brantley had a servant's heart B eing the center of attention never held much appeal for WM Michael Brantley. He much preferred working from the sidelines … lecturing about history, teaching the catechism to men working their way through the degrees, shooting photos in the world capitals he loved to visit, or sharing his love of music through the French horn. e role he chose was to be the brother who always had your back, was always teaching, always moving things forward, always bringing the best of Freemasonry into the light. He had a servant's heart, to the very end. While the limelight was not his natural habitat, I have to believe he would have truly appreciated the symbolism, the words, the ritual, the brotherly love on display when some 200 Masons and others gathered in late August for a memorial service at Raleigh #500, one of the lodges he led and nurtured in life. e Troy, Ala., native passed away Aug. 15 at age 80. He did not go without ghting the good ght: dealing with failing eyesight and the throat cancer that stole his ability to speak. Michael was, as Past Grand Master Gene Cobb said, "quite possibly the most well- known Mason in North Carolina." In 37 years in the Craft, he labored on behalf of his brothers in many roles. His sisters, Betsy Gresham and Tina Anderson, and their husbands attended the service, nodding and smiling as the brethren remembered a man they described as a friend, a teacher, a hero … and a unique man among good men. Grand Master Speed Hallman, standing next to the altar where Brother Michael's remains were lovingly held in a perfect ashlar, celebrated his brother's unique ability to teach while also pursuing scholarly knowledge. "Michael was the whole package. He had it all. He was a unicorn," he said. Michael earned his undergraduate and master's degrees at the Univer- sity of Alabama. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, he studied medieval history at the University of Edin- burgh in Scotland. Soon after, he received a Ph.D. in European Art History from Loui- siana State University. He was a professor of history at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., and at the Univer- sity of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was considered an authority in the eld of art history. A perfect ashlar anchors displays of memorabilia from Michael Brantley's well-lived life.

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