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July/August 2016 The North Carolina Mason Page 3 Mike Harding/ Genesis Group photos GC SGD GM DGM GT SGW DELEGATES altar Officer positions at Grand Lodge Annual Communication GMsl GS JGD stage SGS JGW JGS By Ric Carter Can't tell the players without a pro- gram? Most Masons don't think too much about Grand Lodge officers until Annual Communication rolls around. Maybe we can help. We'll help you identify those guys opening and closing the meeting. Here's your program. Starting just outside the divider is Grand Tyler D. L. Webster (Knap of Reeds 158) from Durham. He is the grand master's father. He'll be helped out by assistant tylers who will be post- ed at the several entrances to the meet- ing 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 in front of the stage. It has 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) Bry- ant D. Webster (Nichols-West Asheville 650). Webster and his wife Janet live in Black Mountain with their teen-aged daughter. Webster is an attorney with the law firm Stone and Christy. On his right will be Deputy Grand Master (DGM) A. Gene Cobb Jr. (Royal White Hart 2). Cobb is minister at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Sanford where he lives with his wife Brenda. eir children are grown. On the left side of the stage is Grand Treasurer (GT) Lewis R. Ledford (Statesville 27). Ledford is executive director of the National Association of State Park Directors. He and his wife Susan live in Raleigh. Ledford was grand master in 2011. On the right of the stage is Grand Sec- retary (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 high school student daughter Anh. Seated at the back of the stage in neat rows are special guests and past grand masters. e special guests in- clude officers from state appendant bodies and officers from other grand lodges and Masonic organizations. e rest of the officers are on the auditorium floor in front of the stage. Facing the stage, with his back to the delegates, you'll find Senior Grand Warden (SGW ) Jimmie B. Hicks Jr. (St. John's 3). Hicks is a lawyer in New Bern. He has a grown son and college student daughter. Junior Grand Deacon ( JGD) Shaun Bradshaw (Stokesdale 428) sits on Hicks' right. Bradshaw runs a software consulting firm. He and his wife Sha- ron live in Greensboro. ey have a son son 20 and daughter 18. On the south side of the floor, to the delegates' right, is Junior Grand War- den ( JGW ) Speed Hallman (Eagle 19). Hallman and his wife Susan live in Hills borough. ey have two grown sons. Hallman is senior director of devel- opment for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. At the meet- ing, Hallman is flanked by the grand stewards. Senior Grand Steward Larry B. ompson Jr. (Blackmer 127) is nearest the stage, and Junior Grand Stew- Your guide to the Grand Lodge officers GT Ledford SGW Hallman GMsl Wicker GSt Frazier JGD Bradshaw GTy Webster GS Clapp SGW Hicks DGM Cobb GSt Thompson SGD Sigmon GC Hilliard GM Webster ard Kevan D. Frazier (Mount Hermon 118) is nearest the delegates. ompson is an environmental supervisor. He and his wife Angela have six children rang- ing from one year old to more than 18 years old. ey live in Salisbury. Frazier is executive director of Western Carolina University's Graduate and Professional center in Asheville. Senior Grand Deacon (SGD) Dwight M. "Mack" Sigmon (Catawba 248) sits before the stage in front of the grand trea- surer, to the grand master's right. Sigmon and his wife Linda live in Newton and have a grown son and three grandchil- dren. Sigmon is retired from GE. Another officer in the Grand Lodge line we don't have in the blue lodge progression to grand master is grand marshal (GMsl). Grand Marshal R. David Wicker (Oak Grove 750) holds that chair beside Grand Chaplain (GC) Henry C. Hilliard (Black Mountain 663). Wicker is a lawyer. He and his wife Susan have three nearly grown children and live in Oxford. ere, you have it — the starting line up for the 229 th Annual Commu- nication of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. Don't get cocky, though. We'll elect new officers at this meet- ing. ey'll be installed in December and take us all, once again, into a new year, and a fresh learning experience for them and for us.

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