Grand Master Message

I would like to give thanks to the brethren of this Grand Lodge in allowing me to serve as your Grand Master. I am honored beyond words.

It is impossible to fill the shoes of the great men who have served this Grand lodge before me. I know that I am unable to please everyone in this Grand Lodge. Therefore it is my promise to you brethren, that I will do my best to please God in all actions as Grand Master.

Appreciation is due to the Grand Lodge office staff and the Grand Lodge Website Committee.

I have the utmost confidence we will prevail in our endeavors this year with the help of the outstanding men serving as Grand Lodge officers.

May God bless each of you and our Great Fraternity.

Fraternally submitted

Edward Rhodes,
Grand Master, 2016
Grand Lodge of Mississippi, F∴ & A∴ M∴

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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.

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Builders Walk of Fame Installed


Square and Compasses imprinted into the front of the Builders Walk of Fame

The bricks for the Builders Walk of Fame have been laid – but there are a lot more spots still available! If you or your lodge would like to purchase a brick, which goes towards the Grand Lodge Endowment Fund, or to learn more about the project, Click Here.

Brother Jason Jefcoat, DDGL District 24, one of his employees, and brothers Jason Porter & Mark Jones assisted with laying the bricks.

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The Builders Walk of Fame

The Builders Walk of Fame

Some of the complete 4"x8" bricks.

Some of the complete 4″x8″ bricks.

The 4"x8" bricks.

The 4″x8″ bricks.

The 4"x8" Bricks

The 4″x8″ bricks.

The 8"x8" bricks on the left of the walkway.

The 8″x8″ bricks on the left of the walkway.

The 8"x8" bricks on the right side of the walkway.

The 8″x8″ bricks on the right side of the walkway.



Grand Master Fundraising

MagnetThe Grand Master has established a page where Freemasons can see the items available for fundraising and learn which projects/funds each item supports. See, learn about the items, and learn how to place orders here: Grand Master’s Fundraising Store.

The page is also accessible via the menu’s at the top of the page by going to Philanthropy -> GM Fundraising.