On Bended Knees


Prayer List (03/16/2019)

Please keep these Brother's and their families in your prayers when on your Bended knees in devotion to Almighty God......
  • Edwin Lamour - had surgery - sore but OK. Sat Lodge for about 15 minutes Thursday. Ate a semi-solid meal today. I expect to be around soon. About 6 months to "fully" heal and then some more surgery but next one should be less invasive. 
  • Susie Lingerfelt - our OES Sister has pancreatic cancer - please keep the Lingerfelts in your prayers.
  • Rick Hallwood - has been sick for weeks.
  • Chuck - wife and daughter
  • Robert Mund - wife and Jerry Dukes, PM 
  • Fernando's daughter, Isadora - is recovering from a blood clot (at the tender age of 20)
  • Past Grand Master Ray Knittel - is home recovering from an unusual accident.
  • Our Meld Director Wor Bro John Miller was diagnosed with Kidney cancer on one side. 
              --Wor Master, Wardens & Brethren

Prayer List (01/19/2019)

01/19/2019 David Keyes friend - ...my Russian friend I asked the lodge to pray for, I just got word that she passed yesterday.... I want to thank everyone who prayed for her and her family.... 47 is too young to die from cancer... But God has his purpose... Thank you brothers.  --David Keyes

Wor Bro T. Leon Roberts got word today (01/17/19) that his cancer is in full remission. Thanks for your prayers!

Please keep these Brother's and their families in your prayers when on your Bended knees in devotion to Almighty God......
  • Past Grand Master Ray Knittel - is home recovering from an unusual accident.
  • Our Meld Director Wor Bro John Miller was diagnosed with Kidney cancer on one side. 

            --Wor Master, Wardens & Brethren

Please keep these Brother's and their families in your prayers when on your

Bended knees in devotion to Almighty God......

                                                                                       --Wor Bro Jerry 

  • Jerry Duke (PM Oakdale Lodge): chemo reaction
  • Chuck Albert: youngest daughter needs prayer
  • Jim Gaddy: Zucker family needs prayer.
  • David Grant (PM Meyerhardt): infections in foot and toe complicated by diabetes.
  • Nina Still (a good friend of Bro David Keyes): had brain surgery for cancer. Please pray that she fully recovers.
  • Leon Roberts 
  • Keith Bryant Mom (multiple surgeries)
  • Don Wilkes (K#33): Brain Tumor and his Wife, Brenda (cancer). A strong man of faith. 

      • --Wor Master, Wardens & Brethren

PRAYER LIST (Most Recent)

Please keep these Brother's and their families in your prayers when on your Bended knees in devotion to Almighty God......
  • Nina Still, a good friend of Bro David Keyes, had brain surgery for cancer. Please pray that she fully recovers and they got all the cancer.
  • Our MELD director John Miller is being treated for a severe urinary tract infection. 
  • Leon Roberts (See below)
  • Keith Bryant Mom (multiple surgeries)
  • Jerry Harwitz (see below)
  • Rick Hallwood - Brother and Dad
  • Fernando's Dad (improving post surgery)
  • Jason Weldon's Mother, Mother-In-Law and Wife (Special prayers for his whole Family) 
  • Chuck Albert's Wife (both arms); and two Daughters
  • Chuck Albert's 10-yr-old had a wreck on a scooter
  • Don Wilkes (Brain Tumor) and his Wife (cancer). A strong man of faith. 

      --Wor Master, Wardens & Brethren

Wor Bro Leon Roberts

10/10/2018 From Leon - - - 

Having 3 broke ribs and having found out that I have cancer sort of took the wind out of my sails. I also had to postpone my hip surgery until I get this cancer took care of. The last couple of months have not been fun at all, and the next two don't look good either. The good news is that my cancer Doctor says that my Lung cancer is curable. I start next Monday with a thing called a Cyber Knife that seems to be, maybe, focussed radiation for 5 days in a row. Then they will check me to see if it is all gone. I sure hope so! Please ask everyone to pray for me and pray for my wife Jane. She needs it too! 

Wor Bro Jerry Harwitz

10/21/2018  I just got home from the hospital last night. There was blood collecting in my left thigh about the size of a baseball. It is difficult to walk and drive.I will be spending the next 3-4 weeks at home. Will keep you updated.
                                        --Jerry Harwitz

09/03/2018  Wor Brother Jerry Harwitz is gaining strength at home and hopes to attend lodge later this month with the help of his Brothers to get around after dark. Please continue to keep Bro Jerry and his family in your prayers.

08/07/2018 Wor Brother Jerry Harwitz is on the mend and in good spirits. He is being released from the Hospital on Wednesday (08/08) to the rehab center near the Hospital to build his strength back. Unfortunately, he will need to take dialysis 3 days a week for some period of time. We pray that it will not be permanent. He so misses his Brothers and he thanks everyone for our prayers.   --Wor Bro Cabot Rohrer

08/03/2018 Wor Brother Jerry Harwitz is improving and is still in ICU care on the 7th Floor at Kennestone. He thanks you all for your continued prayers during this difficult recovery!

07/09/2018 Wor Brother Jerry Harwitz is in the hospital getting weened off coumadin in preparation for his heart surgery on Wednesday. Please keep him and his family in your prayers during this major operation.

Wor Bro Bill Stephens' Brother

07/16/2018  From Bro Bill....

My younger brother, William M. Stephens, passed away Sunday (7-8-18) morning.
The family is holding a MEMORIAL VISITATION at First Baptist Church, 3566 Veterans Memorial Highway (Highway 78), Lithia Springs, GA 30122, Douglas County.
Please drop in between 2-5 pm on this Saturday 7-21-18.
Bill Stephens

07/08/2018 Bill Stephens' brother has passed.  Please continue to keep Bro Bill and his family in your prayers. 

07/06/2018 Bill Stephens brother is not doing well and is going into hospice. Please offer prayers for Bro Bill and his family. 

06/25/2018 - Jason Weldon Family

Please requests prayers for my family in Alabama.  My mother was just diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s (EOA).  She’s only in her mid 60’s.  My dad just buried his mother and aunt, and now his wife of 40+ years get this diagnosis.  Those diagnosed with EOA normally deteriorate faster that other Alzheimer’s diagnoses.  I will be on vacation July 7 – 15 and we will be going to Alabama to spend time with my mother, including going camping at the lake for a few days, going to Cheaha State Park, etc.  We’re trying to create memories while we can, and it’s breaking my heart for everyone involved.  Especially my mom.  She was the caretaker for my great grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s for almost 10 years.  Then she just had to deal with my grandmother, who just passed away.  My mom knows what’s coming, and I don’t see how she can stand it.  Please keep my family in Alabama, and my family here, in your prayers.  They truly need them.   

Weldon Family



Please pray for a period of peace and tranquility for Wor Bro Jason and his family.... (See below)

--Bill McGloin, WM


My grandmother passed this morning just before 7:00 am.  Mom told me that she went peacefully and just stopped breathing.  I will miss her dearly, but I am thankful that she was spared from years of mental and physical decline via Alzheimer’s.  She was 92, and lived in Sylacauga, AL (sil-eh-kog-eh), which is my hometown.  She was known as “Mawmaw Elise.”  I grew up living 2 houses away, so she half raised me and my sister.  She was the last of the grandparents for both Karen and I. 

.......] We will miss her dearly, but more than anything, I’m happy knowing where she is now, who she’s with, and that she no longer has a debilitating disease. 

[A recent picture] contains Karen, her parents, and our kids, from the same birthday party.  Looking back, that was such a great day, and I thank God that we were able to experience it. 

This is the 4th funeral for Karen and I in only 2 months.  Hopefully this is it for our family in the near future.  Prayers are greatly appreciated.



Brethren, please keep Wor.Bro Jason, wife Karen and the kids in your prayers. Jason's Aunt passed last Friday. Then on Saturday, RW Bro Sam passed and Karen's father was buried. Also, Jason's Aunt passed and the funeral is Friday down in Alabama.  

Please keep the whole family in your prayers.

This from Jason.....

"Both Sam and Dennis (father-in-law) were long-time mentors to me, and it grieves me deeply to lose them.  My Aunt lived 4 houses from my parents, so I grew up with her always around.

Losing so many family members (we consider Sam family) in a short time has been very rough on our family, especially the kids (Christian – 4, Leah – 6).  Prayers are appreciated."


Merrie Colvard wife of Joe Colvard State Director of the District Deputies passed away last night (1/23). 
Please keep Joe in your prayers

Prayer request for David Owens, Jr
Past Master Latham #12
Went to ER with pneumonia and they found a mass on his lungs
May have spread. They are doing further testing.

                             --Parks Kinnerly

05/24/2018 Bro Sal's brother-in-law passed.

Please keep his family in your prayers during their time of grief. 

--Wor Bro Bill

5/24/2018  Russell's Mom at home.

The Cath procedure went well. It was all clear.  It was a prerequisite to clear her for surgery on May 30th.

5/23/2018  Russ McDaniel's Mom in hospital.

Russ's Mom is having a Heart Cath procedure today. Please keep her, Russ and his Family in your thoughts and Prayers.

05/24/2018  Pete Mitchell's Mom at Home.


Pete says...

"We took her home yesterday after two rounds of Iron via IV.  MD’s decided not to do the blood.


Today she was having a hard time.  We went over to give some hydration which seemed to fit the bill.  My brother is staying with her till tomorrow.  We are watching what she is drinking (no soda and water with potassium and such in it) and waiting for continued results.


Will have favorable updates tomorrow.


God bless you all for your concern and prayers.  Some feel prayers don’t do anything but I know after being in EMS for 40+ years that regardless what you know Prayer works.


Thank you all again"

05/23/2018  Pete Mitchell's Mom in hospital.

"The doctors don’t really know what is happening with my 95-year-old Mom Priscilla.  Her HBD is down to 7. And has been given two IRON IV’s which raised her level to 9.  The magic number is 12.  They don’t know where or IF she is bleeding internally…  she is too old for colonoscopy or a endoscopy.

We will work through this…  the Church St. Peter and St. Paul is doing a wonderful job for her and my Brother and I are watching out for her as well.".


John Johnson II


Obituary for John Calvin Johnson, Jr.

John Calvin Johnson Jr. 93, passed on 19-03-2018. He was born in Smyrna Ga. on Dec. 17 1924 and lived his complete life in Smyrna. He was preceded in death by his father, J.C. Sr. and mother Martha J. Johnson, his wife Betty Brook Johnson, and his daughter Linda Susan Johnson. He is survived by his son John C Johnson III (Cindy), Grandchildren Kathy Ezzell (Tracy) John Calvin Johnson IV (Nichole), Beth Johnson and 4 great grandchildren.

He retired from the Georgia Power Company with 37 years as a Boiler Turbine Operator at Plant McDonough/Atkinson in Smyrna. He was a 70+ year member of Nelms Masonic Lodge Number 323 in Smyrna, past member of the Atlanta Scottish Rite and past member of the Shriners. He was a long time member of the Smyrna First Baptist Church, King Springs Baptist and Lost Mountain Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed fishing and riding his Harley. 

The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations in his name be made to the Georgia Masonic Children's Home, PO Box 4183, Macon Ga. 31208. 

A memorial service will be held at Lost Mountain Baptist Church in Powder Springs, GA. The Service will be at 11:00 Saturday, April 7th with the family receiving friends at 10:00 at the church. Carmichael Funeral Home in Marietta is in Charge of the arrangements. (770) 424-4924, CarmichaelCares.com



I received a phone call earlier this morning from John Johnson III; sadly, he reported that his father passed away at around 4:00 am.

John says his father will be cremated and have a Memorial Service at some time in the future; he does not expect to have a Masonic Service.

John was also in the process of taking his wife in for surgery this morning. (No details yet, but will keep you posted)

Please keep Wor Bro John III and Wor Bro John IV and their families in your prayers.


Bill McGloin, WM



Please offer up your prayers for Wor Brothers John Johnson III and John Johnson IV and their families as patriarch John Johnson II is now in Hospice care.

Bill McGloin, WM



Brother Joel Chandler Terhune

Nelms Brother 
Joel Chandler Terhune
Age 72
on March 1, 2019

Initiation  08/02/1969  
Passing  08/16/1969  
Raising  09/06/1969

Prayers please for his widow, 
Alice and their family


Sgt. Joel Chandler Terhune, USAFR, 72, of Ladson, SC, a US Air Force Reserve veteran and husband of Alice Ayer Terhune died Friday, March 1, 2019. His graveside service will be held at Floyd Memory Gardens in Rome, GA, on March 12, 2019 at 11:00 am. Local arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel.

Joel was born November 13, 1946 in Rome, GA, son of the late James Victor Terhune and Lela M. Brown Terhune.

He is survived by son, Jeffery S. Terhune (Yvette) of Auburn, AL; daughter, Christie T. Nyman (Chance) of Isle Of Palms, SC; grandchildren: Jared, Caleb and Sara Terhune, Kyle and Alexa Nyman.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in his name to Folds of Honor, Dept 13, Tulsa OK 74182 or thru their website at Foldsofhonor.org.



Past Master, Brother W.W. Are has passed. His son, Skip, called to let us know that although he will not be having Masonic Last Rites, he wanted to take his Apron with him. We will keep you posted on any services and/or family requests. Please keep his family in your prayers.

                                                --Wor Bro Bill 



Brother W.W. Are is in failing health. He is a Past Master - in the same generation as Bro Sam - and they were close friends. W W was raised in 1952!

Please keep him in your prayers along with son, Skip  & Daughter Cathy and the family, when on bended knees in devotion to Almighty God.

Sam R. Whitfield
Age 88

Nelms Lodge #323 F&M
Born 11/25/1929
Passed Saturday January 27, 2018

Funeral Service Tuesday January 30 
2:00 pm

In the Chapel of Carmichael Funeral Home
2950 King Street 
Smyrna, GA 30080

at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park
1861 Dallas Hwy, Marietta, GA 30064


William Tolbert Gillispie, 90, died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Lavonia, Georgia on September 11, 1927 to the late Grady Gillispie and Nan Durham Gillispie. Mr. Gillispie was a World War II Navy and Air Force veteran, a V.F.W. 2681 member and Nelms Masonic Lodge. He retired from Lockheed Martin with 34 years of service. He also enjoyed traveling, camping and going to the Senior Center. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Walter Gillispie; and a sister, Belva Harris. Survivors include his wife, Christine Gibson Gillispie; his children, Gwen Gillispie, Billie Taylor and husband, Danny, Jackse Coleman, Keith Gillispie, and Gayle Johnson; his step-children, Kathy Bush, Yolanda Forrister and husband, Tony, Charles Ashburn and wife, Laura; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; 2 nieces and several cousins. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017 in the chapel of Parnick Jennings Funeral Home with The Reverend Scott Crowder officiating. Interment will follow in the Georgia National Cemetery with full military and Masonic rites. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15th. Serving as pallbearers will be Joshua Elliott, Kiel Elliott, Johnny Collum, Ian Johnson, Larry Palmer and Earl Pitts.

Dean Clarence Wilkins, age 84, of Smyrna passed away at home on Saturday, July 22, 2017. He was born in Atlanta on April 4, 1933 to Thomas Herman and Annie Louise Wilkins, his parents and siblings all preceded him in death. He graduated from West Fulton High School and later served in the U.S. Army for 8 years fighting in the Korean War, and was awarded The Purple Heart and other military medals and was a disabled veteran. Dean was a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 193 for 47 years. He was originally a painter and paper hanger for many years and also served as the Union Business Agent from 1983-1985. He was affiliated with the Masons and Shriners for many years. Over the years he enjoyed playing golf with his many friends, fishing trips and watching the home team Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons. Surviving Mr. Wilkins are his wife of 31 years, Joan Wilkins, whom he had known since the 3rd grade, 

Charles W. Adamsage 74, of Smyrna Ga. died Tuesday July 18, 2017. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Saturday July 22, 2017 in the Jonquil Chapel of Castellaw Funeral Home with Rev. Derek Porter officiating. Burial will take place at Georgia Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors. The Family will receive friends Saturday 11:00 am - until service time In the Magnolia Room of Castellaw Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Lucretia Adams, daughters Cheri L. Walsh, her husband Donal A. Walsh, and Wendy D. Adams. Two grandchildren Catherine Walsh, Charlotte Walsh, several nieces and nephews. Mr. Adams was a member of the Smyrna First Methodist Church, a member of Masonic Lodge Nelms 323, Smyrna and a Marine Corp Veteran, American Legion Post #160 Smyrna. He retired from the Cobb County School System Purchasing Department, after retirement he was an avid gardener specializing in growing the biggest and best Tomatoes .He looked forward every fall traveling to the beach. In lieu of flowers it is the family wishes that contributions please be made to: the American Cancer Society / Bladder Cancer www.cancer.org(404) 949 6418. Castellaw Funeral Home, Smyrna’s First 866 Church Street Smyrna, Ga. 770-435-9038 www.castellawfuneralhome.com

Dane Rodney Gazaway
Nelms Lodge #323 F&M
PM 1984
Passed in April 2017


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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Lamon Gramling Pruitt
Age 82, of Smyrna
Nelms Lodge #323 F&M
Died Sunday May 22, 2016
Funeral Wednesday May 25, 2016 2:00 pm
Carmichael Funeral Home
Burial followed in the Veterans section of Georgia Memorial Cemetery

Otis Raymond Freels 
Age 71, of Marietta 
Nelms Lodge #323 F&M 
Died Wednesday January 13, 2016 
Funeral Saturday Jan 16, 2016 2:00 pm 
Macland Baptist Church 
Burial followed at 3:00pm Graveside Service
at Mountain View Park Cemetery
with Masonic Rites 


John Clarence “Jack” Whisenant 
Nelms Lodge #323 F&AM 
a 65-year Mason 
Died Monday November 2nd, 2015 (at Age 95) 
Funeral Service: Wednesday Nov 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM 

10:00 am opening at Nelms #323 
11:00 am service at Concord Baptist Church 
Interment will follow at Barber Cemetery in Mableton 
with Masonic Rites at the Cemetery 
assisted by the Cobb County Memorial Club

Walter Eugene Gilstrap
Nelms Lodge #323 F&AM
Raised 08/18/1956
Passed:  Thu Oct 8, 2015

Herbert L. Tucker, 80
Nelms Lodge #323 F&AM
a 50-year Mason
Died:  Tue May 26, 2015
Memorial Service: Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 11:30 AM
at the Georgia National Cemetery
no Masonic Rites

Joe C. Ingram, 93
Nelms Lodge #323 F&AM
Passed:  Sun May 24, 2015
Service: Thu May 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM
at Castellaw Funeral Home
Interment following
in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery
with Military Honors
and Masonic Rites

Walter Lee Chastain
Nelms Lodge #323 F&AM
Passed: Friday May 22, 2015
Service: Sun May 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM
at Carmichael Funeral Home
Interment following
at Mountain View Park Cemetery 

Jimmie Rogers Turner
Nelms Lodge #323 F & AM
Passed:  Sunday Apr 26, 2015
Service:  Wed April 29, 2015 at 1 PM
at the Chapel of Jones-Wynn Funeral Home in Villa Rica
Interment followed at 
3PM at 
Mt. Harmony Baptist Church in Mableton
with Masonic Honors

    WBro. Harry Bruno
A tremendous Mason went to be with his heavenly Father today, March 11, 2015. We will pass along more information as it is received.


Br. William "Bill" Waters passed away 
on 12/26/14
His funeral was Monday 12/29/14
at Hurt Rd Baptist Church