Cobb County Masonic Memorial Club

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

How do I become a Member?

 Membership is by application and is open to all Master Masons in good standing in Cobb County. There is a 1-time fee of only $50 that includes your 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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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....

was on Saturday, April 1, 2017
at Samuel S Lawrence Lodge #721

2017 Officers Elected
 Office     Name Phone email
 Vice-Pres David Green
 Sec-TreasScott Posey

 DW    Doyle Martin
 ChaplainSteve Myer

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

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

In Memory of


John Moses Carroll Jr

Age 88 of Lithia Springs

Latham Lodge #12

Passed Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Funeral Service Tuesday December 12, 2017 


White Columns Funeral Chapel, Mableton, GA


Interment will follow at Mount Harmony Memorial Gardens

with Masonic Last Rites



Cobb County Memorial Club Members

Latham Lodge 12 has requested the assistance of the Memorial Club with Masonic Last Rites for Brother John Carroll. The funeral is Tuesday, 12-12-17 at 11:00 AM in White Columns Chapel. Interment will follow at Mount Harmony Memorial Gardens. Members can meet at the funeral home or cemetery.

Rob Simpson 

White Columns Funeral Chapel
1115 Clay Road
Mableton, GA, US, 30126

Mount Harmony Memorial Gardens
581 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Mableton, GA, 30126

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Obituary for John Carroll Jr

John Moses Carroll Jr age 88, of Lithia Springs, passed away December 6, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma B Carroll; parents, Susan Omar and John Moses Carroll Sr; brother, James "Peck" Carroll; sister-in-law, Bobbie Carroll. He is survived by his son, Michael (Raeann) Carroll; former wife, mother of his son, Louise J Carroll; brothers, Paul (Delena) Carroll and Ron (Marty) Carroll; sisters, Annette (Ray) Parson and Estelle Smith (Mark Couch); grandchildren, Jon Dennis (Rebecca) Carroll, Michelle Carroll (TJ) Leggett, Jason (Brandy) Johns, Amanda (Drew) Davis and Wm. Scott (Emily) Johns; great grandchildren, Jon Lucas Carroll, Aiden Carroll, Kaydance Carroll and Kaelynn Holden as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Carroll served 4 years in the U.S. Army and worked for Southern Bell as a maintenance worker for 16 years. He also owned and operated Carroll Heating, Air and Electric. Mr. Carroll was a Freemason for over 60 years. He was a former member of Mount Harmony Baptist Church and most recently attended First Baptist Church of Lithia Springs. 

The family will receive friends Monday, December 11 from 4pm to 8pm. Services will be held Tuesday, December 12 at 11am in White Columns Chapel. Interment will follow at Mount Harmony Memorial Gardens.



William T Gillispie, Age 90

Nelms Lodge #323

Passed Sunday,  November 12, 2017

Service Thursday November 15th


with Masonic Last Rites


Parnick Jennings Funeral Home

Cartersville, Georgia


Memorial Club Members...

Nelms Lodge 323 will open the Lodge at 10:30am and proceed to the Funeral Home in Cartersville for the 12:30pm ceremony.

Scott Carter Craddock

Age 87 of Marietta, GA

Samuel S Lawrence Lodge #721

Passed Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Masonic Last Rites

Friday October 20th


Cheatham Hill Memorial Park


Memorial Club Members...

Samuel S Lawrence Lodge 721 will open the Lodge at 11:30am and proceed to the Cemetery for the 1:00pm ceremony.

Thomas Wilson Echols

Age 89 of Lawrenceville, GA

Springville Lodge 153

Passed Saturday, August 5, 2017


Funeral Service Wednesday August 9, 2017 


Time Stewart Funeral Home in Lawrenceville


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Interment will follow at Sardis Methodist Church Cemetery

with Masonic Last Rites with Masonic Last Rites by Dekalb County Memorial Club

Memorial Club Members…..
Brethren, I am pleased to let you know that Dekalb County Memorial Club has agreed to perform Masonic last rites for the Springville member in my earlier email.

--Rob Simpson


Dean Clarence Wilkins

Age 84 of Smyrna, GA

Nelms Lodge 323

Passed Saturday, July 22, 2017


Funeral Service Thursday July 27, 2017 


Chapel of Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna


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Interment will follow at Georgia Memorial Park in Smyrna

with Masonic Last Rites

James Roland Whitfield

Age 79 of Villa Rica, GA

Mableton Lodge 171

Passed Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Funeral Service Saturday June 24, 2017 

1:00 p.m

in the Chapel of Jones-Wynn Funeral Home in Villa Rica

with Masonic Last Rites


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Interment will follow at Meadowbrook Memory Gardens in Villa Rica.

Sam Kenneth Gosa

Age 91 of Blairsville, formerly Marietta, GA

Samuel S Lawrence Lodge 721

Passed Sunday, May 28, 2017

Funeral Service Friday June 2, 2017 

2:00 p.m

in the Chapel of Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta

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Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery

in Marietta.

with Masonic Last Rites

Jack Norman Brown
Funeral Service Friday January 27, 2017
Age 84, of Douglasville, GA
Nelms Lodge #323 F&M
Passed Tuesday, January 24, 2017
1:00 pm
Carmichael Funeral Home - Smyrna
Interment will follow at Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery
With Masonic Last Rites

Benjamin L. Turner
Age 87, of Acworth, GA
Acworth Lodge #176 F&M
Passed Sunday January 15, 2017
Funeral Service Thursday January 19, 2017
11:00 am
At Collins Funeral Home in Acworth
With Masonic Last Rites
Interment will follow at Rolling Hills Memory Gardens

Richard Osborn Brown, Sr
Age 74, of Douglassville, GA
Battle Hill Lodge #523 F&M
Passed Saturday December 17, 2016
Funeral Service Wednesday December 21, 2016
2:00 pm
At Rosehaven Funeral Home in Douglasville
With Masonic Last Rites
Interment will follow at Georgia National Cemetary

Leon Welch, Jr
Age 88, of Austell, GA
Springville Lodge #153 F&M
Passed Thursday November 3, 2016
Funeral Service Sunday November 6, 2016
2:00 pm
At First Baptist Church of Powder Springs
Interment will follow at Powder Springs Cemetary
With Masonic Last Rites

Ranzy Ragan
Age 90, of Dallas, GA
Dallas Lodge #182 F&M

Passed Monday October 24, 2016

Funeral Service Wednesday October 26, 2016

1:00 pm

In the Chapel of Benson Funeral Home

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Interment will follow at Dallas Memory Gardens

With Masonic Last Rites

A. Ray Earwood

Age 83, of Acworth
Nelms Lodge #323 F&M

Passed Sunday October 16, 2016

Funeral Service Thursday October 20, 2016
2:00 pm
In the Chapel of Georgia Funeral Care
4671 South Main Street
Acworth, Georgia 30101

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Interment will follow at Mt Zion Baptist Church Cemetery
With Masonic Last Rites

Reuben Powell
Age 91, of Marietta
Meyerhardt Lodge #314 F&M

Died Tuesday September 27, 2016

Funeral Service Saturday October 1, 2016

11:00 am

In the Chapel of Marietta Funeral Home

915 Piedmont Road
Marietta, Georgia   30066

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Interment will follow at Kennesaw Memorial Park
With Masonic Last Rites
1306 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064

D.C. Newton
Age 83, of Powder Springs
Samuel S Lawrence Lodge #721 F&M

Died Tuesday September 20, 2016

Funeral Service Saturday September 24, 2016

11:00 am

In the Chapel of Mayes Ward Dobbins Funeral Home

Macland Rd
Powder Springs, GA

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Burial will follow at Mt View Cemetery

With Masonic Last Rites

410 Whitlock Willow Way NW, Marietta, GA 30064

Paul E. Williams
Age 92, of Acworth
Acworth Lodge #176 F&M

Died Tuesday August 16, 2016

Funeral Service Friday August 19, 2016

2:00 pm

In the Chapel of Collins Funeral Home
4947 North Main St
Acworth, GA 30101

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Burial will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Acworth

James Oliver Snellgrove
Age 72, of Austell
Died Sunday July 3rd, 2016
Dougherty Lodge #591 F&M
The funeral will be
Thursday July 7, 2016
11:00 am Service at Davis-Struempf Funeral Home
1975 East-West Connector
Austell, GA, 30106
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The Memorial Club has been asked to assist Dougherty Lodge #591, Albany GA, with Masonic Last Rites for Brother James Oliver Snellgrove. The funeral will be this Thursday at Davis-Struemph Funeral Home.  Dougherty Lodge #591 will open their Lodge for the funeral.

Memorial club members who can meet at Samuel Lawrence Lodge, please be there ready to leave at 10:00am. Others please meet at the funeral home prepared for the 11:00am service. 

Acworth Lodge 176 has requested the assistance of the Memorial Club with Masonic funeral services for Brother Gene Highfield on Monday, 6-13-16. Acworth will open their Lodge and Club members will meet at Samuel S Lawrence Lodge 721 in time to leave at 12:30 PM on Monday for the trip to Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Burial will be at2PM.....

Gene Highfield
Age 79, of Marietta
Acworth Lodge #176 F&M

Died Thursday June 9, 2016
Service Monday June 13, 2016 11:30 pm
at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge
Kennesaw, GA
Burial will follow at 2:00pm 
at the Georgia National Cemetary

Lamon Gramling Pruitt
Age 82, of Smyrna
Nelms Lodge #323 F&M
Died Sunday May 22, 2016

Wednesday May 25, 2016
2:00 pm Funeral Service
 at Carmichael Funeral Home
2950 King St
Smyrna, GA

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William Calvin Shaw Jr
Age 71, of Cedartown
 Sanford Lodge #62 Sanford FL

2PM Masonic Last Rites at
Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA.

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Harold E Adair

Age 89, of Mableton
Mableton Lodge #171 F&M
Died Sunday April 10, 2016

Wednesday April 13, 2016
3:00 pm Funeral Service
 at White Columns Funeral Home
1115 Clay Rd SW
Mableton, GA  30126

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Robert Edward Johnson
Age 87, of Lithia Springs
Latham Lodge #12 F&M
Died Sunday March 27, 2016

Thursday March 31, 2016
2:00 pm Funeral Service at Roy Davis Funeral Home
3539 Mulberry Street
Austell, GA  30168
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Richard K Britton
Age 90, of Powder Springs, GA
Kennesaw Lodge #33

Died Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Funeral Service will be 
 Tuesday Feb 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm
at Georgia National Cemetery
with Masonic Rites

1080 Scott Hudgens Dr, Canton, GA 30114

Club Members wishing to attend can meet at Kennesaw Lodge #33 prepared to leave at 11:15pm

Thomas Eugene Richards
Age 84, of Ball Ground, GA
Springville Lodge #153

Died February 3, 2016

Funeral Service will be 
 Friday Feb 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm
at Mayes-Ward Dobbins Funeral Home

3940 Macland Rd Powder Springs, GA 30127

Graveside Service will follow at 
Cheatham Hill Memorial Park Cemetery
with Masonic Rites
1861 Dallas Highway Marietta, GA 30064

Club Members are welcome to attend the service at the funeral home or meet at the cemetery at 3:00pm for the Masonic Service.

Charles Edward “Chuck” Leffew
Age 75, of Brunswick, MD
Brunswick Lodge #191
Died January 30, 2016

Funeral Service will be
Thursday Feb 4, 2016 at 
2:00 pm 
at Castellaw Funeral Home
with Masonic Rites
866 Church St Smyrna, GA 30080

Followed by Burial at
Crestlawn Memorial Park Cemetery 
2000 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Club Members will meet at Samuel S Lawrence Lodge #721 at 1:00pm

Albert “Danny” Myers
Age 81, of Ellijay
MeyerhardtLodge #314 F&M
Died Friday January 15, 2016
Monday Jan 18, 2016
2:00 pm Funeral Service at Bernhardt Funeral Home
163 River Street
Ellijay, GA  30540
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Harold C Finley
Age 85, of Tucker, GA
Leroy Duncan Lodge #262

 December 28, 1930 - January 12, 2016
Died Tuesday January 12, 2016
Sunday Jan 31, 2016
3:00 pm 
 Graveside Service at the 
Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery
with Masonic Rites
2000 Cobb Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060
Club Members will meet at the cemetery at 2:30pm.
No other services will be provided.

Otis Raymond Freels 
Age 71, of Marietta 
Nelms Lodge #323 F&M 
Died Wednesday January 13, 2016 

Saturday Jan 16, 2016 

12:30 pm Opening at Nelms Lodge #323 
455 Concord Rd, Smyrna GA 30082 

2:00 pm Funeral Service at Macland Baptist Church 
3732 Macland Rd, Powder Springs, GA 30127 
followed by 
3:00pm Graveside Service at Mountain View Park Cemetery 
410 Whitlock Avenue Marietta, GA 30064 
with Masonic Rites 

Memorial Club Members can assist Opening at Nelms Lodge at 12:30 pm
then travel to the services 
or meet at Samuel S Lawerence Lodge at 2:30 pm and travel to the Cemetery 
or attend any of the other events they choose.

John "Randolph" Atcheson
Age 92, of Powder Springs
Springville Lodge #153 F&M
Died Tuesday December 29, 2015

Visitation 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sunday Jan 3, 2016

2:00 pm opening at Springville Lodge #153
3:00 pm Memorial Service at First United Methodist Church
in Powder Springs
followed by
 Graveside Service at the 
Powder Springs Cemetery
with Masonic Rites
Old Austell Powder Springs Road Powder Springs, GA 30127

Club Members can meet at Samuel S Lawrence Lodge at 3 PM to travel to the cemetery, or attend any of the other events they choose.