Cobb County Masonic Memorial Club

How do I become a Member?

Membership is by petition and is open to all Master Masons in good standing in Cobb County. There is a 1-time fee of only $50 that includes:  Funeral Apron, Name Tag, Necktie, Arm Band, White Gloves and Acacia Pin  for attending a Masonic funeral.



Please pick up a Petition for Membership from your Lodge Secretary or 

<Click Here to Display & Print Application>


and mail to 

Cobb County Masonic Memorial Club

c/o Scott Posey

237 Cartee Way

Dallas, GA 30157




   

The Master of a Lodge must open his Lodge for the funeral of a fallen member. Then the Memorial club assists with the Funeral Service....



About Masonic Funeral Services

It is not our Masonic Law, but our actions and deeds that are of any real significance when the Great Architect of the Universe calls one of our Brothers to the Celestial Grand Lodge on High.

There are few occasions when Freemasons may perform public ceremonies, e.g., cornerstone layings, open installation of officers, the periodic public educational program, and so on. By far, the most common is our Masonic Funeral Service. It is at this time that most non-Masons are introduced to Freemasonry -- perhaps, for the very first time. It is at and during that somber service that most people present will form their opinion and perception of our Fraternity. Not being members of our Ancient Craft, and generally knowing very little about Freemasonry, they are often very curious as to who we are, what we stand for, and what is it that we believe in as an organization.

Conducting Masonic Funeral Services is as old as the Fraternity itself. In the days of Operative Masonry, stonemasons buried their own with great solemnity and reverence. The deceased Brother was a man they had worked with side-by-side for years -- perhaps, even their entire lives. They extolled his virtues and the contributions he had made to the Craft's work. They spoke of the Eternal Life after death, and the need to perform "goode worke" toward all humanity throughout the course of a man's life. The entire guild and all of their families turned out in force to mourn their Brother's passing, and to express their sympathies to the Brother's family. This tradition has been carried forward for centuries to our present day Speculative Masonry.

A Masonic Funeral Service is the final tribute we can pay to our fallen Brother. That is the appropriate time to thank the Brother's family for allowing him to share his time on Earth with our Fraternity.

 No, you may not have known the Brother personally, but if he was a member of your Lodge, he certainly deserves your presence at his funeral service. If he was a Brother, then he is entitled to all of the "lights, rights and benefits" of being a Freemason -- and that certainly includes a well-attended Masonic Funeral Service. Attending these services are, in many ways, just as important as attending Lodge meetings -- perhaps, even more so, because, as we can do nothing more for our Brother, the Funeral Service is really for the benefit of the deceased Brother's family and friends, and it exhibits our genuine care and concern for one of our own.

The Masonic Funeral Service is one of the most beautiful pieces of literature ever written. 

Simple, honest, and straight-forward, it offers each of us an opportunity to reflect upon our own mortality, and to reaffirm our individual faith in the Supreme Grand Master of Heaven and Earth. It draws forth its inspiration and words of comfort not only from our Volume of Sacred Law, but also from many of the world's greatest literary geniuses. No one can listen to our service and not be impacted by the gentle, yet powerful, words that touch the heart of every person present -- both Mason and non-Mason alike.

Consider the sobering passage from our Masonic Funeral Service: "One by one they pass away, the Brothers of our adoption, the Companions of our choice. A Brother whose hand we have clasped in the bonds of Fraternal Fellowship is now passing from our sight, and we know that we shall meet him on Earth no more."

One day, and we know not when, each one of us will be that Brother who has passed from sight. 

One day, each one of us will have ended our journey in this life. As your then cold and lifeless body is commended to the grave eternal, will you want your Masonic Brethren to be present and among those that mourn you, and to offer comfort and consolation to your loved ones?

As stated in our funeral service, you can do nothing more of a material nature for the departed Brother. Nevertheless, you can cherish his memory, and offer the tribute of respect and love to the late Brother's memory. Of even greater importance, you can be there to extend our fraternal sympathy to our Brother's deeply afflicted and sorrowing family in their bereavement. We must tell his loved ones, and demonstrate it by our physical presence, that our promises to be true to them are not hollow or empty words. We owe our Brother something, and this may be the very last opportunity we will ever have to repay that debt.

Brethren, if you receive a call from your Lodge or see a Masonic Funeral Notice in your local newspaper, take time out of your busy lives to make this final act of respect and tribute. 

No, you may not have personally known the Brother, but he was your Brother and that alone is enough to justify making the effort to attend and to demonstrate to the world that we Freemasons do, in fact, sincerely care about each other -- both in life and in death.

This is one obligation and commitment that each of us should earnestly strive to fulfill even if we cannot always attend Lodge meetings. 

Let us demonstrate before the world that we are men who practice Brotherly Love -- all the way to the grave's edge.


Much of this column comes from an article originally published in The Missouri Freemason Nuggets From The Quarry by RWB Phil Elam


"Assisting local Lodges to perform Masonic rites
for our fallen brethren"



MEMORIAL CLUB
2019 ANNUAL Meeting
tba
at Samuel S Lawrence #721

  • Election of Officers
  • Certification of new Brothers who can perform Last Rites


Current Brothers who can perform the Last Rites as Worshipful Master:

Wor Bro Doyle Martin, DW
Wor Bro Edwin Lamour
Wor Bro Cabot Rohrer
Wor Bro T. Leon Roberts


Minutes of


2018 Officers
 
 Office Name Phone eMail
 President James Osborne 770-941-3893 JamesOsb12@gmail.com
 Vice-Pres Mike Pappafotis 770-617-6119 MPappafo@bellsouth.net
 Sec-Treas Scott Posey 770-862-3231 sposey92@gmail.com
 DW     Doyle Martin 770-943-9189 doylemartin37@yahoo.com
 Chaplain Steve Miers  pawmawmiers@bellsouth.net

Thank You from the Owen Family
for the Service performed 08/11/2018


Thank You from the Pendley Family
for the Service performed 01/06/2018

Thank You from the Hammond Family
for the Service performed 12/31/2015

Thank You from the Hilderbrand Family
for the Service performed 10/12/2015



Pending Services or Most Recent Service

2019-06

William Ray Lynch "Bill"

Age 83, of Dallas, GA formerly Acworth, GA

Nelms Lodge No 323

Passed Monday August 5, 2019

 Funeral Service Friday August 9, 2019

Georgia Funeral Care in Acworth

2:00pm

the Burial will follow immediately after 

at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge in Kennesaw

(with graveside Masonic Last Rites)

Obituary

William "Bill" Ray Lynch Sr. (Weldon) 83 of Dallas GA and formerly Acworth, GA passed away on August 5, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.

 

Funeral and Visitations will be held at Georgia Funeral Care in Acworth.  Visitation will be on Thursday August 8, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and again on Friday August 9, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm followed by the Funeral Service at 2:00 pm.  Burial will follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Kennesaw.

 

Bill was born in Monticello, GA on February 26, 1936.  He attended Campbell High School in Smyrna.  Bill retired from Lockheed Martin in 1998 after 43 years of service.  He was a Volunteer Fireman for Allatoona Fire Department in Bartow County for 23 years.  He owned S&S Boat Repair & Movers for 5 years. He was a Mason at the Nelms Lodge 323 F&AM in Smyrna for 60 years.

 

Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years Mary E. Lynch, his son Ray Lynch and his wife Kate, his son Darrel Lynch and his wife Robin, his daughter Michelle Frederick and her husband Buddy.  Five Grandsons Jayson Frederick, Cary Lynch, Nathaniel Lynch, Bill Lynch and Billy Lynch and 11 Great Grandchildren.  A sister Ann Sparks.

 

Bill is preceded in death by his mother Rose E. Weldon and father Edwin Cary Lynch. 

 


2019-05
John Henry Barkwell
Age 91
of  Austell, GA
Samuel S Lawrence Lodge No 721
Passed Monday April 22, 2019

Called Communication Thu Apr 25, 2019
at 11:00am (your help is needed)

Memorial Service Thu Apr 25, 2019 
at 1:00pm
at Davis Struemph Funeral Home
1975 East West Connector, Austell GA

Interment will immediately follow the service
at Powder Springs Memorial Park
4157 Atlanta Street, Powder Springs GA
(with graveside Masonic Last Rites)


Obituary for John Henry Barkwell

John Henry Barkwell, age 91, of Austell passed away April 22, 2019. John retired from Lockheed after 38 years of service and was a Mason at Masonic Lodge 721 for over 50 years. He is preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Martha Snow Barkwell. Surviving are his children, Debra (Tom) Allen and Steve (Selene) Barkwell; grandchildren, Brad (Emily) Allen, Jason (Katie) Barkwell, and Brian (Rosie) Barkwell; and great grandchildren, Alexis and Julia Allen, and Caroline, Caleb, Nolan, and Camila Barkwell. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 25th, 1:00 PM at Davis-Struempf Chapel with Kevin Scott officiating. Interment will follow the service at Powder Springs Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends before the service from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.


2019-04

Frank Major Smith
Age 90
of  Union City, GA
Latham Lodge No 12
Passed Friday Mar 15, 2019

Memorial Service Tuesday Mar 19, 2019 
at Sandy Creek Baptist Church
(No Masonic Service)

OBITUARY

Mr. Frank Major Smith of Union City passed away on March 15, 2019. Mr. Smith was the son of the late, Frank William and Ruth Merrill Smith and is survived by his wife Martha Cato Smith and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services for Mr. Smith will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 11 o’clock at Sandy Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Philip Johnson officiating. 

Those wishing may sign the online guest registry at www.parrottfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital (give.choa.org). The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Sandy Creek Baptist Church. Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory, 770-964-4800. 


2019-03

Joe Delano Guthrie

Age 86

of Smyrna, GA

 Nelms Lodge #323

Emeritus

 Died Sunday, March 17, 2019

 

Nelms #323 will open at 4:00 pm on Saturday March 23rd on a Called Communication for the purpose of paying the last sad tribute of respect to the memory of our deceased Brother.

 Service Saturday, March 23, 2019

5:00pm

 with Masonic Last Rites

conducted by Wor Bro Cabot Rohrer

 in the chapel at

Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna

2950 King Street 
Smyrna, GA 30080

Obituary for Joe Delano Guthrie

 

Mr. Joe D. Guthrie, age 86 of Smyrna, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019. A memorial service will be held 5 pm Saturday, March 23, 2019, in the chapel of Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna. A native of Alabama, Mr. Guthrie served in the United States Air Force and was later employed by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution for over 25 years before retiring. He was a member of the American Legion Post #160, the Nelms Masonic Lodge, and the Smyrna Oakdale Moose Lodge. He is survived by his daughters Debra (Thomas) Arnold, of Quinton, AL, Anna Guthrie of Smyrna, brother Robert (Carolyn) Guthrie, sister Linda Guthrie Armstrong, son in law Bill (Carol Ann) Franklin, grandchildren Danny Franklin, Michael (Lane) Franklin, Lyndsey (John) Arthurs, Brittany (Alan) Matthews, great-grandchildren Gavin and Gage Franklin, Emily Arthurs, and Murphy Matthews, several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 4-5 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the funeral home. Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna is in charge of arrangements. www.carmichaelcares.com 770-435-4467


2019-02
Homer Glen Linkous

Age 86, of Acworth, GA
and Meyerhardt Lodge No. 314

Passed Friday February 8, 2019
Funeral Service Monday, Feb 11, 2019

11:00 am

in the Chapel at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge
2950 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, Georgia

Interment will follow
in Pine Ridge Memorial PArk
 with Military Honors
 and Masonic Rites.

Meyerhardt Lodge will pay the last sad tribute of respect to the Memory of Brother Linkous in a Called Communication on Monday Feb 11 at 10:00 am


OBITUARY

As a retired veteran, Homer was a devout Marine and had a great passion for serving his country. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Meyerhardt #314. Mr. Linkous was a great father and grandfather who made sure that his family was taken care of. He was the rock of his family. Homer was known for his honesty, wit and sense of humor.

Homer will be reunited with his parents, Ella and Joseph Linkous; daughter, Teresa Fair; daughter-in-law, Jenise Linkous; and 9 siblings. He leaves to cherish in his memory, sons, David Linkous , Eddie Linkous and his wife Bonnie; daughters, Michelle Boyd and her husband, Duwayne; grandchildren, Ryan Hunter and his wife, Brandy, Christopher Linkous and his wife Ruximar, Michael Linkous, Scott Hunter, Brad Fair, Bobby Fair; 16 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren.

The Family will receive friends for a visitation on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 3PM to 6PM at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home. A funeral service will occur on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11AM in the Chapel of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home. Burial will be held following the service at Pine Ridge Memorial Park with military honors.


19-001

Damon "Butch" Warden
Age 78
of Marietta, GA

Kennesaw Lodge No 33
Passed Monday Jan 7, 2019

Funeral Service Friday, Jan 11, 2019

1:00 pm

in the Chapel at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge
2950 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, Georgia

Interment will follow at
Cheatham Hill Memorial Park
1861 Dallas Highway, Marietta, GA 30064
 with Military Honors
 and Masonic Rites.