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July/August 2013

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Page 2 The North Carolina Mason July/August 2013 GREENVILLE — On July 16, Past Grand Master and Past Grand Treasurer Clifton White Everett Jr. died here at Vidant Inpatient Hospice after a period of declining health. He was 70 years old. Many will remember him for his stories which stimulated many a smile and laugh, and more than a few rolled eyes and raised eyebrows. The many characters and historic figures of whom he told first and second hand stories lived through his words and facial expressions. The 142nd Grand Master of North Carolina, he was born to Clifton White and Marjorie Whitehurst Everett of Bethel, North Carolina on October 4, 1942. He is survived by his wife, Mary Harris Everett of Greenville; his son, William Lawrence Everett of Anchorage, Alaska; his daughter, Alice Everett Gryder and husband, Chad, of Boone; his grandchildren, Everett and Mary Eccles Gryder; his sisters, Janet Everett Davis and husband, Stuart, of Bethel, and Amy Everett Constantino and husband, Costa, of Richmond, Virginia; and brother-in-law, Clyde P. Harris, Jr. of Wilson. His seven nieces and nephews, along with his many cousins, always enjoyed his stories and deep knowledge of family history. He loved to share his understanding of family ties and connections with relatives and his many friends throughout the state. The family will always be grateful for the compassionate care and attention given him by Christopher English of Bethel these last five years in times of need. Everett was educated in Bethel before heading to Wake Forest University where he got his New way to give In 2013, the charitable IRA rollover provision or Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) continues through the end of the year allowing certain donors to exclude from taxable income, and count toward their required minimum distribution, certain amounts of transfer for Individual Retirement Account (IRA) assets made directly to public charities, including your Masonic Charities at Whitestone and the Masonic Home for Children. Congress recently extended the IRA rollover for 2013. This provision allows a QCD of up to $100,000 from your tax qualified IRA. The amount of the QCD is excluded from your adjusted gross income and counts toward your required minimum distributions for 2013, but it does not count as a deductible charitable contribution. We are asking our Masons who are eligible to consider taking advantage of a charitable IRA rollover to help a child or an elderly brother or sister at one of our Homes, utilizing this very tax-wise and generous giving method. And we are asking our eligible Masons to consider this before December 31, 2013. So who is eligible in our craft? If you are at least 70½ years old you may be able to aid and assist our Masonic charities far beyond the level you thought possible through a charitable IRA rollover in 2013. Not only will you provide a tremendous and essential gift for our Homes, you will provide a beneficial giving and financial opportunity for you and your family. The advantages to you are significant and include: • A gift that is not taxable income. A portion of your normally heavily taxed retirement fund distribution, when directed to one of our charities, can now be tax free. • With the rollover, the donation can count toward the required minimum distribution you are otherwise required to take. • The fact that you are not subject to percentage limitations on charitable deductions and may be able to avoid penalties that come with a higher adjusted gross income, such as higher Medicare premiums. It is important to note that you must tell your IRA custodian to send the distribution directly to one of our charities. Do not have it sent to you. Even more important to our fraternity, the advantages to the people we care for at our Homes would be significant as well. You can change the life of a child and add to the quality of life for a brother or sister in need. You can help our Homes continue the work entrusted to them by our fraternity for more than 100 years and ensure that their doors are open to those who need them today and for many tomorrows. We are asking you to consider consulting with your financial advisor to ensure that the rollover is appropriate for you and before the advantage to you and our charities expires on December 31, 2013. The IRS website has additional information at www.irs. gov/Retirement-Plans/Charitable-Donations-fromIRAs-for-2012-and-2013. Contact the Homes if you have any questions. undergraduate and law degrees. He passed the North Carolina Bar and was admitted to the practice of law in 1967. In 1967–68, he served as research assistant to Naomi E. Morris, Chief Judge North Carolina Court of Appeals. In 1968, he returned to Greenville, where he and his father formed a partnership for the general practice of law with offices in Greenville and Bethel. Everett was initiated in Crown Point 708 in Greenville December 29, 1970, passed January 28, 1971, and raised February 11 of the same year. He served as master of Crown Point in 1977. He is a member of New Bern Scottish Rite Bodies, Greenville York Rite Bodies, and Sudan Shrine. He was an honorary member of several lodges across North Carolina. He was appointed to the Grand Lodge line by then Grand Master L. R. Thomas and was elected grand master in 1995. In 1996, he was elected grand treasurer, a post he held until stepping down in 2011. Judge Everett has been active both locally and around the state in civic, political, and legal circles as well as his church. After practicing general law for 26 years with the firm of Everett, Everett, Warren and Harper, now Everett and Hite, he took office in 1994 as Resident Superior Court Judge of the 3A Judicial District. In his 18 years as judge, he presided over both the criminal and civil courts from as far east as Dare County to Watauga and Caldwell Counties in the west. He retired in December 2012. After five days of retirement, he was appointed by Governor Beverley Perdue as an Emergency Superior Court Judge. NC Mason Deadlines Issue January/February March/April May/June July/August September/October November/December Deadline January 1 March 1 May 1 July 1 September 1 November 1 Berr y Rigdon photo PGM Everett dead at 70 Preslar presents Cashion, center, his Montfort as previous awardees look on. Cashion honored with Montfort MAGGIE VALLEY — David Cashion, of Blue Ridge 435 in Highlands, is the newest recipient of the Joseph Montfort Medal, the highest award given by the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina. Grand Master Dewey R. Preslar presented the award at the 76th Anniversary Great Smokies Summer Assembly. Cashion is a member of Glenville 551 as well as Blue Ridge Lodge, both of which he Pope makes Hall of Fame FAYETTEVILLE — Stedman 730 member Arnold Pope was recently inducted into the Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame. The 80-year-old Pope is a Methodist minister and former dean of students at Methodist University. He is a charter inductee in the North Carolina Weightlifting Hall of Fame. He won 27 state and six Southern titles in the Open Division. In the Masters Division he won 11 consecutive National Championships and was inducted into the National Masters Weightlifting Know the 2013 players By Ric Carter Most Masons don't think too much about Grand Lodge officers until Annual Communication rolls around. Can't tell the players without a program? Now you'll be able to identify those guys opening and closing the meeting. Here's your program. Starting just inside the door is Grand Tyler Steven Schenk (Fulton 99) from Salisbury. He'll be helped out by assistant tylers who will be posted outside the several entrances to the meeting room to check your dues card and listen to a whispered password. At the front of the auditorium, a lodge room will be set on and before a riser. It has of much the same form as your blue lodge, but with a station or two added. Four officers will be on the stage facing the crowd. Front and center on the stage will be Grand Master (GM) Dewey R. Preslar Jr. (Andrew Jackson 576). Preslar and his wife Terrie live in Salisbury. He retired as a vice-president of a large regional supermarket chain and is now president of Preslar Risk Services, Inc., a risk management consulting firm and executive director for the North Carolina Self-Insurance Security Association. On his right will be Deputy Grand Master (DGM) Dalton W. Mayo (Hiram 98). Mayo is retired from the faculty of Sampson Community College. He lives in Clinton. On the left side of the stage is Grand Treasurer (GT) Lewis R. Ledford (Statesville 27). Ledford is director of NC State Parks and Recreation. He is the only head of State Parks to rise to that position from the job as park ranger. He and his wife Susan live in Raleigh. Ledford was grand master in 2011. At the right on the stage is Grand Secretary (GS) T. Walton Clapp III (Mystic Tie 237) who has served in the office since 1997. Clapp resides in Raleigh with his wife Betty (a Presbyterian minister) and daughter Anh. Seated at the back of the stage in neat rows The The Mason (USPS 598-260) is published bimonthly by The Grand Lodge of AF & AM of North Carolina, 2921 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608. Third class postage paid at Oxford, NC 27565. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The North Carolina Mason, School Of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, Oxford, NC 27565. Grand Master Dewey R. Preslar Jr. Board Of Publication Thomas A. Pope Jr. (Chair) Don E. Bolden R. Kevin Combs John A. Pea John A. Sullivan Editor Ric Carter Hall of Fame in 1998. He still competes in the Masters Division and won additional national titles in 2011 and 2012. He was a high school football official for 43 seasons and officiated in the ACC for 11. He presently serves as supervisor of officials for the Southeast Football Officials Association. Seen left in his younger days, he also competed as a pro athlete for 20 years in the Scottish Games and was the North American Caber Tossing Champion in 1976. In 1971, he was the first American to win a caber competition in Scotland. stage DGM GM GT GS SGD GMsl GC altar Officer positions at Grand Lodge Annual Communication SGW JGD DELEGATES are special guests and past grand masters. The special guests include officers from state appendant bodies and officers from other grand lodges and Masonic organizations. The rest of the officers are on the auditorium floor before the stage. Facing the stage, with his back to the delegates, you'll find Senior Grand Warden (SGW) Douglas L. Caudle (Statesville 27). Caudle lives in Taylorsville. He is president of Piedmont Fiberglass. Junior Grand Deacon ( JGD) Jimmie B. Hicks Jr. (St. John's 3) sits on Caudle's right. Hicks is a lawyer in New Bern. He has a 18-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter. On the south side of the floor, to the delegates' right, is Junior Grand Warden ( JGW) Bryant D. Webster (Nichols-West Asheville 650). Webster is a lawyer and lives in Black Mountain with his wife ( Janet) and daughter. At the meeting, Webster is flanked by the grand stewards. Senior Grand Steward Dwight M. Sigmon (Catawba 248) is nearest the stage, and Junior Grand Steward P. Shaun Bradshaw (Stokesdale 428) is nearest the delegates. Sig- 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 C a 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 ct u a l , tenets of B rotherly L ove , R elief , and T ruth , which are expressed outwardly through service to NORTH CAROLINA has served as master. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford. He is currently chairman of the Committee on Subordinate Lodge Special Activities. The Montfort Medal is presented at the discretion of the grand master for "distinguished Masonic service or achievement." He is allowed to give only three Montforts during his tenure. and G od , spiritual conscience of society by family , country , and self under the mon and his wife Linda live in Newton and have a grown son and two grand children. Bradshaw and his wife Sharon live in Greensboro. They have a teenaged son and daughter. Senior Grand Deacon (SGD) A. Gene Cobb (Royal White Hart 2) sits before the stage in front of the grand treasurer, to the grand master's right. Cobb is minister at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Sanford where he lives with his wife Brenda. Their children are grown. Another officer in the Grand Lodge line we don't have in the blue lodge progression to master is grand marshal (GMsl). Grand Marshal Speed Hallman (Eagle 19) holds that chair beside Grand Chaplain (GC) Paul F. Kelly (Sanford 151). Hallman and his wife Susan live in Hillsborough and have two teenaged sons. There, you have it — the starting line up for the 226th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. Don't get cocky, though. We'll elect new officers at this meeting. They'll be installed in December and take us all, once again, into a new year. teaching the ancient and enduring philosophical of G od within the B rotherhood of M an . 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