MASONIC OBITUARY ROLL
Worshipful Brother SAMUEL EUGENE FRANCIS, Sr.
On Thursday, September 25th, 2014, the journey on the Level of Time ended for our Beloved Brother Samuel Eugene Francis, when he was summoned to appear before the Grand Warden of Heaven. There, divested of the rags of righteousness and clothed in a garment from On High, he was conducted to the Right Hand of the Supreme Grand Master. He departed this life for that House Not Made With Hands, Eternal in the Heavens, at the age of 88 years and 6 months.
Brother Francis was born on March 25th, 1926, in Chico, California. He petitioned St. Joseph Lodge No. 970, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, St. Joseph, Illinois, for the degrees in Freemasonry and, after being properly elected, was initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason on February 28th, 1977.
Showing suitable proficiency, he continued his Masonic journey by being passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on January 30th, 1988. He received the working tools of a Master Mason on July 30th, 1988, when he was raised to that Sublime Degree.
At the request of his family, Brother Francis did not receive Masonic Rites.
Thus endeth the record of a just and upright Man and Mason. The members of St. Joseph Lodge, as well as all those who were privileged to know Brother Francis, will miss him.