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 

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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"





2018 Officers
 
 Office Name Phone eMail
 President James Osborne  JamesOsb12@gmail.com
 Vice-Pres Mike Pappafotis 770-617-6119 MPappafo@bellsouth.net
 Sec-Treas Scott Posey 770-940-0102 sposey92@gmail.com
 DW     Doyle Martin 770-943-9189 doylemartin37@yahoo.com
 Chaplain Steve Miers  pawmawmiers@bellsouth.net

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

Robert Lamar Miller

Age 88

Meyerhardt Lodge #314

Passed Sunday, May 20, 2018


Memorial Service Thursday May 24, 2018 

2:00 pm

Medford-Peden Funeral Home

1408 Canton Rd NE, Marietta, GA


Followed by Interment at

Kennesaw Memorial Park

with graveside Masonic Last Rites

1306 Whitlock Avenue

Marietta GA 30064


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Mark Lawrence 

Age 55 of Austell

Latham Lodge #12

Passed Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Memorial Service Saturday April 28, 2018 

2:00 pm

Bellamy Funeral Home Hiram Chapel

3551 Jimmy Lee Smith Pkwy, Hiram, GA

with Masonic Last Rites


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Edward "Eddie" Vincent Massaro 

Age 56 of Acworth

Kennesaw Lodge #33

Passed Sunday, April 22, 2018


Funeral Service Thursday April 26, 2018 

11:00 am

Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home Chapel

2950 Cobb Pkwy, Kennesaw, GA

with Masonic Last Rites

 

Interment will follow


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