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"

Next Meeting

(Post COVID)

Elected at the Annual Meeting on 02/22/2020
2020 Officers
 Office Name Phone eMail
 President James Osborne 770-941-3893
 Vice-Pres Mike Pappafotis 770-617-6119
 Sec-Treas Scott Posey 770-862-3231
 DW     Doyle Martin 770-943-9189


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


Russell Lamar Mathuss

 Age 93, of Marietta, GA

Nov 21, 1927 – Mar 28, 2021

 Kennesaw Lodge No 33

Stephens Lodge No 586


Passed Sunday, March 28, 2021



6-8 pm Thursday, April 1, 2021

at the Carmichael Funeral Home

2950 King St SE, Smyrna, GA 30080



 11 am Friday, April 2, 2021

at Smyrna First Baptist Church

1275 Church St SE, Smyrna, GA 30080



Interment immediately following

at Georgia Memorial Park

2000 Cobb Pkwy SE
Marietta, GA 30060-3759

with Military Honors and Masonic Last Rites

Masonic Last Rites

conducted by WB Cabot Rohrer


James Harold Nabers

 Age 93, of Cedar Bluff, AL

1930 – Feb 3, 2021


 Latham Lodge No 12

 Passed Wednesday, February 3, 2021



Saturday February 6, 2021

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Perry Funeral Home Chapel

1611 Clarence E Chesnut Jr Bypass

Centre, AL 35960



Saturday February 6, 2021

2:00 pm



Sunday February 7, 2021

1:00 pm

with Masonic Last Rites

conducted by WB Cabot Rohrer

Mt Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery

561 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Mableton, GA


David Edwin Nance

 Age 77, of Lithia Springs, GA

Jan 24, 1949 – Jan 31, 2021

 Battle Hill Lodge No 523

 Passed Sunday, January 31, 2021



Wednesday February 3, 2021

4:00 pm

with Masonic Last Rites

conducted by WB Cabot Rohrer


Davis-Struempf Chapel

1975 East-West Connector

Austell, GA 30106


Wednesday February 3, 2021

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Davis-Struempf Funeral Home

1975 East-West Conn

Austell, GA 30106


A Lodge of Sorrow has been opened

at  Battle Hill Lodge No 523


Jerry Alton Ammons

 Age 71, of Mableton, GA

May 5, 1949 – Dec 17, 2020

 Mableton Lodge No 171

 Passed Thursday, December 17, 2020



Monday December 28, 2020

2:00 pm

with Masonic Last Rites

conducted by WB Edwin Lamour


Davis-Struempf Chapel

1975 East-West Connector

Austell, GA 30106



Sunday December 27, 2020

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Davis-Struempf Funeral Home

1975 East-West Conn

Austell, GA 30106


A Lodge of Sorrow has been opened  at Mableton Lodge No 171


 Initiated - 01/27/1977

 Passed - 02/24/1977

Raised - 03/10/1977

Years of Service - 43


John William Blair


Age 64, of Marietta, GA

1956 – 2020


Palestine Lodge No 486


Saturday Nov 7, 2020

11:00 am



Georgia Memorial Park

2000 Cobb Pkwy SE

Marietta, GA  30060

 with Masonic Last Rites

conducted by Worshipful Brother Edwin Lamour

 A Lodge of Sorrow was opened for Bro Blair at Palestine Lodge #486


William Holloway

Age 89, of Acworth, GA

1931 – 2020


Latham Lodge No 12



Saturday Oct 31, 2020

7:00 pm

West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory

2480 Macland Road SW,  Marietta, GA 30064


Funeral Ceremony

Sunday Nov 1, 2020

2:00 pm



Kennesaw Memorial Park
1306 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA  30064
 with Masonic Last Rites
conducted by Worshipful Brother Cabot Rohrer
 A Lodge of Sorrow opened for Bro Holloway at Latham #12


James Otis McDonald


Age 84, of Powder Springs, GA

Aug 18, 1936 – Oct 26, 2020

Springville Lodge No 153

James E Sledge DL Lodge #742



Saturday Oct 31, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Mayes Ward Dobbins Macland Chapel
3940 Macland Road,  Powder Springs, GA 30127





Macland Cemetery
4075 Macland Road,   Powder Springs, GA 30127
 with Masonic Last Rites
conducted by WB Doyle Martin


James “Jimmy” Ralph Dunn

Age 66, of Acworth, GA

Sep 24, 1954 – Oct 18, 2020

 Acworth Lodge No 176

Passed Sunday October 18, 2020



Thursday October 22, 2020

1:00 pm

Roper Funeral Home

206 Holly St

Jasper, GA  30143



Thursday October 22, 2020

3:30 pm

with Masonic Last Rites

conducted by WB Cabot Rohrer


Rolling Hills Memorial Gardens

4355 Highway 92

Acworth, GA  30102


Norman A. Ward

Age 90, of Smyrna, GA

died Aug 14, 2020

Latham Lodge No 12

Passed  Friday August 14, 2020



Monday Aug 17, 2020

Georgia Memorial Park

2000 Cobb Parkway SE
Marietta, GA 30060


Phillip Glen Whitaker

Age 71, of Marietta, GA

June 8, 1949 – July 20, 2020


Nelms Lodge No 323

Passed Monday July 20, 2020



Saturday July 25, 2020

9:30 am at Nelms No 323



Saturday July 25, 2020

11:00 am

with Masonic Last Rites

conducted by WB Cabot Rohrer


Cheatham Hill Memorial Park

1861 Dallas Hwy SW
Marietta, GA 30064



Steve T. Miers

Age 77, of Powder Springs, GA

Passed away on April 8, 2020

Springville Lodge No 151

Sledge Daylight Lodge #742

Passed Wednesday April 8, 2020

Steve is survived by his wife, Evelyn Edwards Miers of Powder Springs, GA; son, Kenneth Glenn Edwards and his wife, Terri, of Columbus, GA; three grandchildren, McKenzie Edwards Dolan (John), Marie Stefin Edwards, and Melody Brooke Edwards; two great grandchildren, Hudson Edwards Dolan and Conrad Daniel Dolan.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Steve's life will be held at a later date.


In memory

of our departed Brother


Keith Plossl

 Age 74, of Marietta, GA

February 16, 1945 – January 14, 2020

Sandy Springs No 124

Passed January 14, 2020

Funeral Service / Celebration of Life

Sunday February 16, 2020


In the Sanctuary

Of Emerson Unitarian Church in Marietta

4010 Canton Rd

Marietta, GA  30066

with Masonic Last Rites

conducted by WB Edwin Lamour

The Church is located approximately two miles North of Chastain on Canton Highway. Church will be on your right.

 Reception to follow


John Bishop Emmett

Age 65, of Austell, GA

February 11, 1954 – December 28, 2019

Nelms Lodge No 323

Passed Saturday December 28, 2019

Funeral Service Sunday January 5, 2020


In the Chapel 
of Bellamy Funeral Home in Hiram
2037, 3551 Jimmy Lee Smith Pkwy, 
Hiram, GA 30141 

with Masonic Last Rites 
conducted by WB Cabot Rohrer 

Interment will follow at 
Georgia Memorial Cemetery 
In Marietta

Obituary -

Not Available yet

He was a member of Nelms Masonic Lodge #323

and was a drummer for the "Shrine Enertainers"