Saturday, April 21, 2018

Terry E. Brown

AVON PARK, Fla. — Terry E. Brown, 74, of Avon Park, Fla., formerly Danville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.
He was a former loss prevention representative at CCMSI in Danville, retiring after over 20 years in the insurance industry.
He was born Nov. 29, 1943, in Danville, the son of the late Harold and Elizabeth (Duncan) Brown.
Terry is survived by his wife of 27 years, Ruth Ann Brown; daughter, Kris (Brown) Weir, and her husband, Brad, of Paris, Ill.; two stepdaughters, Tamara Cook of Sebring, Fla., and Dawn Dolbee of Kansas City, Mo.; brother, Bob Brown, and wife, Wendy, of Danville; and three grandchildren, Samuel Weir and Benjamin and Thomas Sargent.
Terry was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and being at the beach. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Danville and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Terry was affectionately known by many as “Big Guy.”
Service information: A graveside memorial service with military rites will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., April 28, 2018, at Sunset Memorial Park, Danville. A celebratory gathering will follow at The Grotto. Templeton Funeral Home of Paris assisted with local arrangements.
Additional information and online condolences can be made at TempletonFuneralHome. com.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Repost - Titantic and the Masonic Connection

Note:  This was originally posted April 14, 2012

Titanic and the Masonic Connection

It was 100 years ago that the fabled ship RMS Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean near Newfoundland, Canada in 1912.  1,514 person perished aboard the Titanic, many of while floating in the ice cold waters waiting to be rescued.  The Titanic was touted as unsinkable and it failed to have enough life boats for the passengers and crew.

The Grand Lodge of Maryland Museum is featuring a special exhibit this weekend about a Virginia Freemason Oscar Woody, who served as Postal Clerk on the Titanic and died in the disaster and Ada Perrine who was married to a Freemason and lived at the Maryland Masonic Grand Lodge Home.

Brother Oscary Woody
Brother Woody was a member of Acacia Lodge No. 16 in Clifton, Virginia.  He was one of five postal clerks aboard the Titanic who refused to leave their jobs and kept moving the mail the ship was carrying to upper decks as the Titanic slowly sank.  Their dedication has become legendary amongst the postal service.  In 2004 President George W. Bush signed a Bill designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 223 South Main Street in Roxboro, NC. as the "Oscar Scott Woody Post Office Building".   Each year in April, Acacia Lodge passes a resolution honoring Brother Woody and they invite a local postal official to have dinner with them to remember his heroism and dedication. 

His body was later found and was buried at sea.  Amongst the items found on Brother Woody, were his Masonic dues card, his watch and a Masonic pocket knife.

Photos from Smithsonian Institute website

Some of our Irish Brethren are also taking time to remember the Titanic disaster while raising funds for charities.

John "Jack" Duncan

DANVILLE — John “Jack” Duncan Frattick, 82, of Danville passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Jack was born in Danville on April 26, 1935, the son of John J. and Ethel Frattick.
Jack is survived by his previous wife, Janice Frattick, who is the mother of his children; as well as his partner, buddy and companion in life, Karen Smitley.
Jack is also survived by his sons, Michael (Vicky) Frattick of Danville and John (Gwen) Frattick of Bismarck; grandchildren, Ethan and Katherine Frattick of Bismarck, and Patrick Phelps of Lexington, N.C.; sister, Nancy Nier of Estero, Fla.; nephews, Scott (Patti) Nier of St. Charles and Eric (Chris) Nier of Hatley, Wis.; cousins, Clara Howard of Westville and Mary Lou Minnick of Champaign; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and a special lifelong friend, Joe Pintar.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Don Nier, and niece, Laura Nier.
He left Georgetown a proud graduate of Frasier School and Georgetown High School Class of 1953. He obtained his bachelor’s in elementary education from Illinois State University in 1957. Hecompleted his master’s from Indiana State University in 1960. In 1967, he graduated from the University of Illinois with an advanced certificate, specializing in school administration and supervision. He had a long career in education.
He taught elementary school in Danville schools for 11 years. He was specialeducation administrator for two years in Danville and five years in DuPage County. He was superintendent of schools for 16 years: Rossville, two years; Oakwood, one year; Calumet City-Burnham, 11 years; and Gifford- Penfield, two years. After retirement in 1991, he enjoyed several years of substitute teaching in area high schools.
Jack was a proud member of many clubs and organizations including the Danville Boat Club, Elks member for 43 years, Loyal Order of Moose, Gao Grotto for 46 years, Shriners International, a 32nd degree Freemason for 49 years and a life member of The University of Illinois Alumni Association.
Although he left the Georgetown community for a long rewarding career in education, he never forgot his Georgetown roots. No matter where he was, he always remembered where he came from. He enjoyed traveling, listening to music (especially Frank Sinatra), the University of Illinois football and basketball teams, Chicago Bears, and especially his beloved Chicago Cubs. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his weekly visits with his son, John.
A celebration of life service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Sunset Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E. West Street, Georgetown. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 5 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Forrest Park Cemetery.
Please join John’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome. com.

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Midnight Freemasons: Being Relentless

The Midnight Freemasons: Being Relentless: by Midnight Freemason Contributor Robert H. Johnson I guess I'm a pretty new Mason. Thinking about it in terms of years in, I...

The Midnight Freemasons: Being Relentless

The Midnight Freemasons: Being Relentless: by Midnight Freemason Contributor Robert H. Johnson I guess I'm a pretty new Mason. Thinking about it in terms of years in, I...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Midnight Freemasons: Fallen Idols

The Midnight Freemasons: Fallen Idols: by Midnight Freemason Contributor Bill Hosler, PM I’m sure you have heard the old saying, “Don’t meet your idols because you will ...
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