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
Acacia Pin

 for attending a Masonic funeral.





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

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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"


The 2018 ANNUAL MEETING
(3rd Saturday in February)
Saturday, February 17, 2018
11:00am
at Samuel S Lawrence Lodge #721



2017 Officers
 Office     Name Phone email
 PresidentRob Simpson770-428-6255dmras@att.net
 Vice-Pres David Green 404-597-7564jdgreen1372@gmail.com
 Sec-TreasScott Posey    770-940-0102sposey92@gmail.com

 DW    Doyle Martin 770-943-9189doylemartin37@yahoo.com
 ChaplainSteve Myer
  


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



PENDING SERVICES

Brethren,

The Memorial Club has been asked to assist Kennesaw #33 in last burial
rites of lodge member Max Claude Smith. The funeral will be Sunday
Jan 21 at 3:00pm. The service will be held in the chapel of Carmichael
Funeral Home, Smyrna. Interment immediately after in the Georgia Memorial Park. Please attend if able. Members will meet at the chapel of Carmichael.

Fraternally,
Scott Posey, Secretary

Maxwell (Max) Claude Smith, Sr. 
Age 82, of Marietta, GA
Kennesaw Lodge #33
Passed Wednesday January 17, 2018

 

Funeral Service Sunday January 21, 2018 

2:00pm

at Carmichael Funeral Home Chapel
2950 King Street
Smyrna GA 30080


Interment will follow at Georgia Memorial Park

With Masonic Last Rites
2000 Cobb Parkway

Marietta GA 30060


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Obituary

Maxwell (Max) Claude Smith, Sr. 82, of Marietta, GA went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 1:50 PM, at Wellstar Tranquility Hospice, Marietta, GA. Funeral services will be at Carmichael Funeral Home Chapel in Smyrna, GA with Dr. Richard Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Georgia Memorial Park. 

Born August 9,1935, in Moultrie, GA. He was the son of Jim Smith and Daisy Marie Pate Smith. He was a Vietnam veteran and a veteran of the Korean War and he retired from Lockheed Georgia Corporation. He was a Mason at Kennesaw Lodge No. 33, Marietta, GA and a member of Eastern Star, Marietta Chapter No. 208. He was preceded in death by his son Maxwell C. (Butch) Smith, Jr, Brothers, James (J.W.), Larry and Jody Smith. Survivors include one daughter Stephanie Lott, grand-daughter Jessie Lott (Carlos), great grandson Logan Youngblood, grandson Heath Smith and granddaughter, Jan Smith, Cynthia L. Hudson, Step-daughter, Step-children, Jacob, Luke (Norma) and Hannah Hudson,one sister, Thelma Smith Hancock, three brothers Charles (Jo), Troy (Margaret), and Earl (Linda) Smith. Special Forever Friends and Caregivers, Jo Fitch, Mildred Barie and Gina Davidson. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service on Sunday, January 21st from 2 to 3 PM at Carmichael Funeral Home, Smyrna, GA.

Carmichael has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ross Memorial Health Care, Kennesaw, GA or Wellstar Tranquility Hospice at Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta, GA. The family wishes to thank each and everyone that had a part in Max’s life, especially, those who attended to him during his illness.