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Clyde E. Britt, III

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“Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest Fraternity. It is comprised of adult men (18 years or older) of good character from every country, religion, race, age, income, education and opinion, who believe in a Supreme Being. Its body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity.

Freemasonry (often simplified to “Masonry”) enhances and strengthens the character of the individual man by providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, education, and leadership based on the three ancient Masonic tenets: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. The Mississippi Grand Lodge is a crowning legacy of this venerable heritage as we strive to “Make Good Men Better.”

M∴W∴ Bro∴ Clyde E. Britt, II
Grand Master of Masons in Mississippi

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Grand Master presents 70 Year Service Pin


Brother JP Hollingsworth & Grand Master of Masons in Mississippi, Butch Britt.

On August 29, 2014, several brethren from Pascagoula Lodge # 419 F & AM accompanied our Most Worshipful Grand Master, Clyde E. Britt, II to the home of Bro. JP Hollingsworth to present him with a 70 year membership pin and certificate. What an accomplishment, and it’s one well worth recognizing and honoring. In addition to being a member of Pascagoula Lodge, Bro. Hollingsworth was also Past Master of Lodge #497 in Mendenhall, MS, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and member of Joppa Shrine Temple in Biloxi.

On September 4th, 2014, at the age of 97, having faithfully discharged the great duties which we owe to God, our neighbors, and ourselves, it pleased the Grand Master of the universe to summons Bro. Hollingsworth into His eternal presence. Brethren of Pascagoula Lodge had the honor of performing graveside rites for Bro. Hollingsworth.

Brother JP Hollingsworth

Brother JP Hollingsworth

Bro. Hollingsworth is survived by his only daughter, Elizabeth Hollingsworth Haarala; three grandchildren, Misty Lee Haarala, Kristi Haarala Summerlin, and Mitchell (Michelle) Haarala; five great grandchildren, Christopher Lee Summerlin, Keri Elizabeth Summerlin, Benjamin Ellis Haarala, Jackson Tyler Haarala, and Alison Brooks Alvarado; three great-great grandchildren, Galen Christopher Summerlin, Kidd James Summerlin, and Layla L. Summerlin. Please remember his family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Brother JP Hollingsworths' 70 Year Certificate

Brother JP Hollingsworths’ 70 Year Certificate

Stated Communications


There is an item that I need to address regarding adding events to the Grand Lodge Website Calendar.

There are far too many lodges for us to list the Stated Communications of lodges. It would overwhelm and clutter the calendar and weekly email notifications.

I truly understand your desire to list Stated Communications as a way for you to communicate with your members. Unfortunately, that just is not something we can accommodate on the calendar at this time.

Currently there are two places on the website where people can learn about the dates of your Stated Communications:

1) In the Lodge Locator:

2) By viewing the digital copy of the Blue Lodge Directory:

I hope that those resources are beneficial for your needs and I hope you understand why we cannot list Stated Communications for over 200 blue lodges on the calendar.

Thank you,

Bro. Jared Stanley

Grand Master Calendar Update

Clyde E. Britt IIBrethren all,

We had a really great school at New Albany, or as Bro. Wilder says, “N’Albany”, this past Saturday. The house was packed, and the Brethren assembled did some good ritualistic work. The fellowship was fantastic. Members of the Board of Custodians showed their ritualistic prowess by closing the lodge in due form without any “hiccups”.

I was pleased to be invited to the district meeting of the 8th Congressional District that same evening, held at Prairie Lodge #87, in Okalona. What a beautiful lodge! There were over 40 in attendance who enjoyed a bountiful and tasty meal. Bro Jerry Weaver delighted everyone with a history of the 8th District, and we enjoyed several songs.

Webmaster’s Note:

The Grand Master’s Calendar has been updated in as much as it is known through October, 2014. You can view the Grand Master’s Calendar by clicking here.

Butch Britt
Grand Master