The North Carolina Mason

May/June 2018

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Page 12 The North Carolina Mason May/June 2018 Mileposts 143 Service awards reported to e Mason 60 Years Alton Myrick, Thomas M. Holt #492 Bailey Gillespie, Western Star #91 50 Years Joseph Thomas Briggs, John H. Mills # 624 Floyd C. Dixon, Seaside #429 Nicholas Keith Gilbert, Catawba #248 John Kilby, Ashe #594 HENDERSONVILLE May 2 was a big day for WB Kolen Flack. At the 38th District Meeting at Kedron #387, Brother was presented a certificate commemorating his 60 years as a certi- fied lecturer. Kolen has been a master mason for 68 years, and in addition to his many years of distinguished service as a member of the Board of Custodians, is a Joseph Montfort Medal recipient. Br. Kolen Flack was joined by his sons, Jodie and Randy Flack, for the presentation, which was made by MW Grand Master Speed Hallman and Deputy Grand Master "Mack" Sigmon. ADVANCE Advance #710 Brothers Joe Jarvis and Past Master Joel Crotts have been award- ed the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonel. This award is given for individual contributions to their community, state or nation for their special achievements on behalf of others. KENLY – Out of darkness comes light. In March, an Automated Exter- nal Defibrillator was donated to Kenly #257 in honor of Secretary Ted Sher- rod, who suffered a massive heart at- tack last Fall. Ted, a licensed profes- sional engineer, was in Mooresville about to conduct a stormwater and erosion control workshop for Duke Energy staff and consultants when he fell gravely ill. Brother Dale Wooten, Eureka #238 and Duke Energy Lead EHS Professional, quickly came to his aid. Brother Wooten, who is a certified CPR instructor, used an AED that had been installed near the classroom un- til emergency help arrived. At the time, neither brother knew he was helping or being helped by a masonic brother. Dale stayed in touch with Ted's wife, Janet, over the next week during Ted's intensive care hospitalization. During a visit to the hospital, Dale noticed a get well card from Ted's Kenly broth- ers, complete the Masonic square and compasses. Dale joined Ted at Kenly #257's March meeting and helped train brothers how to use the AED. Pic- tured: DDGM Dist. 16 Ted Sherrod, left, spends time with brother Dale Woo- ten, who helped saved his life. GASTONIA – Seventy years in Masonry is a very big milepost. Brother Harry M. Bryant Sr., 97, was surrounded by friends and family at his home in April as Grand Master Speed Hallman presented him with a 70-year service award. Harry is a member of King Solomon #704 in Gastonia and served as Potentate of Oasis Shriners in 1965. In 1966, Harry was honored as a re- cipient of the Joseph Montfort Medal, the highest award given by the Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina. The Grand Master was joined by Oasis Potentate John D. Burgess, and Past Potentates Billy Farris and John Stanley. A successful former business owner and lifelong avid Tar Heels fan, Brother Harry resides in Gastonia with his loving wife of 75 years, Ruby. His remarks were those of warmth and sincere appreciation as he looks forward to cel- ebrating his 100th birthday in the near future. BENSON – It was a family in April at Relief #431. The brethren welcomed three new brothers, all of which have a direct family tie to the fraternity. Brother Justin Nor- ris raised his father, Lee Norris Jr.; brother Stephen Caldwell of Mill Creek #127 raised his son, Adam Caldwell, to Master Mason. Broth- er William Neighbors was raised by WM Matt Moore, carrying on his late father's legacy of becoming a Master Mason. Pictured l-r: Justin Norris, Lee Norris, Matt Moore, Adam Caldwell, Stephen Caldwell.

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