Grand Master Message

anchorHail Friends,

What a honor for me to serve the Grand Lodge of the Great State of Mississippi for 2017 and to represent you for a short time. I will strive to give 100% of my abilities for this purpose.

My motto for this year is “Anchored in Masonry” and I hope you will join me in this endeavor.
Mr. Webster describes an anchor as something that serves to hold an object firmly. I believe that it is time for Mississippi Masons to hold firmly to our teachings and customs.

I asked that you pray for me as I will for each of you. Pray for yourself each day that you will become a better person. Each of us are the best Mason that someone knows. Will that person want to be like you or will they shy away from masonry.

As we prepare for our 200th year next year may we all give positive publicity of Masonry and let the world know that Masonry is alive and well in Mississippi.

Thanks for all the encouragements, thought and prayers that you have supported me with. I look forward to seeing as many of you as I can in the coming year.

Until then I remain
Anchored in Masonry

Don Bryant
Grand Master, 2017
Grand Lodge of Mississippi, F∴ & A∴ M∴

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Prayer Request

Sprig of AcaciaBrethren, “J. K.”, daughter of  PGM Jim Ward, passed away this evening.

Arrangements are currently incomplete.

Please be in prayer for Jim & Jan Ward.

MM and WM of the Year Nominations

rhodese_GM_2016Brethren, MWGM Eddie Rhodes has extended the deadline for nominations for WM and Mason of the year until February 16, 2017.

Brethren, these two awards are among the highest honors that Mississippi Masonry can award. Look to your Brothers. Among them are many good men, Masons who have labored long and hard in the quarries asking nothing in return.

Think of these good men that we emulate and consider which of them might be considered for these honors.

Let us give our Grand Master the assistance he requests, and help him honor our deserving Brothers. Send your nominations to the Grand Secretary as soon as possible.

Take due notice thereof and govern yourselves accordingly.

Passing of Brother Franklin “Dewitt” Wilder

Franklin D. Wilder

Brother Wilder

Brother Dewitt served for 31 years as a District Deputy Grand Lecturer and was made an Honorary Past Grand Master in 2015.

Franklin Dewitt Wilder, 74, died Monday, October 10, 2016, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born December 22, 1941 in Pontotoc County to John Fredrick Wilder and Mary Estell Clayton Wilder. He was a retired radio dispatcher for the Mississippi Highway Patrol and a self-employed carpenter. He was a 32nd degree Mason in the Joseph Warren Masonic Lodge # 71 in New Albany and had served for many years as District Deputy Grand Lecturer.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 14, 2016, at United Funeral Service with Bro. Whit Lewis officiating. Burial will be at Ecru City Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife: Janie Lou Bagwell Wilder; two sons: Royce Wilder (Bevin) of Corinth and Frank Wilder (Lisa) of Blue Springs; and seven grandchildren: Alaina Wilder, Brianna Wilder, and Daniel Wilder all of Corinth, BrookeWilder (Fiance: Jonathan Perry), Rachel Wilder, Logan Wilder, and Ciara Wilder all of Blue Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters, and one brother.

Pallbearers will be Roy Cocke Sunday School Class and Lamar Hines. Honorary pallbearers will be The Over-The-Hill Gang.
Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 13, 2016, at United Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund.

In honor of Mr. Wilder’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U. S. Army flag during his visitation and service.

For online condolences, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.