| Wally Joe Crews...|
Born on June 27, 1938 in Little Birch, WV, the son of the late Arthur Lee and Louise Freeman Crews. He was a 1956 graduate of Sutton High School in Sutton, WV.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy where he was active with the Navy Seabees and was honorably discharged in 1960. He worked with Signature Flight Support where he retired as Operations Manager.
He was a member and Past Master of Landrum Lodge #48, F. & A.M.; the Scottish Rite Consistory – Valley of Savannah where he was a 32° KCCH, Wise Master, and Venerable Master; the Alee Shrine where he was a member and Past President of the Hillbilly Unit; Past President of the Knights of Mecca; Past President/Past Commander of the National Sojourners, Heroes of 1776; Past District Deputy to the Grand Master, Georgia Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons; a member of the Savannah Moose Lodge; member and Chaplain of Coastal Daylight Lodge; and a member of the York Rite Bodies.
Brother Crews was initiated to the degree of Entered Apprentice on February 18, 1994, Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on March 4, 1994 and Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on March 18, 1994.
| Jack Walter Tuten, Sr....|
Jack Walter Tuten, Sr., 94, died Saturday, December 12, 2020.
Born January 20, 1926; Initiated to the degree of Entered Apprentice on January 22, 1954, Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on February 12, 1954, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on February 26, 1954. His light on this earthy tabernacle extinguished on December 12, 2020. WB Jack was a Past Master of Guyton Lodge No. 428 and Coastal Daylight Lodge No. 750.
| Anthony Eugene Quinney...|
Anthony “Andy” Eugene Quinney, 64, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at his home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Heber M. Quinney, Jr., and Ernestine Green Quinney; and his brothers Heber M. “Mart” Quinney, III, and Gary B. Quinney.
Andy was born May 9, 1955 in Savannah and graduated from Groves High School in 1974. He was proud to be an insurance agent serving Chatham County and the low country of South Carolina for over four decades, most recently working with Jimmy Swain of James M. Swain & Associates.
He was mayor of Garden City, Ga., from 2002 to 2009, seeking to “put the garden back in Garden City.” He also served as Worshipful Master in the Masonic Lodge, and at the time of his passing he was a member of the Port Wentworth Lion’s Club.
Andy loved music, whether it was jamming on his horn with local musicians or playing almost any brass instrument as part of praise bands in churches throughout the Savannah area. Anyone who lived in a two block radius of his home on Lynn Drive will remember his trumpet serenades of the Tomahawk Chop during Braves games in the ‘90s, and he loved calling people to play exuberant renditions of “Happy Birthday” over the phone. He loved reading, especially biographies, and learning about history from multiple perspectives. Andy had a green thumb and could bring any plant back to life. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. His ready smile was infectious.
He is survived by two daughters, Jamie Thomas (Andrew) of Chicago, Il., and Abby Traywick (Bryan) of Savannah, Ga.; sister, Delores Smith (Ron), of Richmond, Va.; brother, Michael Quinney (Gay) of Port Wentworth, Ga.; two grandsons, Noah Traywick and Adam Thomas, and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
In compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines, the burial will be private. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date.
| Charles Robert Rogers...|
Chief Warrant Officer 4, Charles Robert Rogers United States Army, Retired, 76, passed away Friday, May 9, 2019. Mr. Rogers was born in Kearny, New Jersey to the late Charles Henry and Isabel Napier Thorburn Rogers of North Palm Beach, Florida. His paternal grandfather was, Trooper Alfred Rogers, late the Queen's Royal Dragoons (Welsh Cavalry), his maternal grandfather Pvt. Robert Thorburn, late, 2nd Battalion the Black Watch, and his maternal great-uncle RQMS George R. Thorburn, late 2nd Battalion Scottish Rifles.
He was a Vietnam veteran and retired with 30 years active service. His military awards included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with six campaign stars, Vietnam Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon with numeral 3, the Army Superior Unit Award and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm. Mr. Rogers served eight years in Germany, twenty years in stateside assignments and two years in Southeast Asia.
After retiring from the US Army he taught school for eight years in the Long County School System. Mr. Rogers was a lifelong Presbyterian and Member of Allenhurst Presbyterian Church. He was an ordained Deacon and Ruling Elder. He was a graduate of the Savannah Presbytery's J. Richard Bass School of the Laity. He never turned down an opportunity to preach the good news of Jesus Christ. He served as President of the Board of Directors for Liberty County's Manna House. Mr. Rogers was a Penn State graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy. While at Penn State he was a member of Pershing Rifles, Scabbard and Blade, the Agronomy Club and the 1964 Crops Judging Team. He received a Master of General Administration from the University of Maryland where he graduated with a 4.0 average.
Mr. Rogers was a Mason of over 50 years and had been listed on several occasions in Who Is Whom in Freemasonry. He was a Perpetual Life Member of Hinesville Lodge #271, F&AM where he was the Senior Warden and Chaplain; Coastal daylight Lodge #750 where he was a Past Master and Secretary; Life Member of the Savannah Scottish Rite Bodies. He was Past Commander of the Council of Kadosh; Past Wise Master of the Chapter of Knights Rose Croix; and invested as a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (KCCH) and recipient of the Double Eagle Award; member of the Savannah York Rite Bodies; Perpetual Life Member The General Grand Council Royal Arch Masons International; Life Member General Grand Council Cryptic Masons, International; he was a Knight Companion of the Red Cross of Constantine; member Commemorative Order of St. Thomas of Acon; member Herman Freeman York Rite College 168; Life Member of the Royal Order of Scotland; Life Member of the Scottish Rite Research Society; member of the Philalethes Society (Life); member of the Masonic Society; fellow of The Grand College of Rites in the USA; member of the Quatour Coronati Lodge Correspondence Circle, London, England; member of the Georgia Lodge of Research; associate member of the Pennsylvania Lodge of Research; associate member of the South Carolina Lodge of Research; Master of Research Lodge #1 of Savannah; a member of Alee Shriners; member of the Hinesville-Ft. Stewart Shrine Club and the Knights of Mecca; Charter member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Savannah Forest 217; and Past Patron of Button Gwinnett Chapter #497, Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Rogers was Past President of Old Dominion Chapter #364 and a member of the Heroes of '76. He was a Past Master Councilor of Valiant Chapter Order of DeMolay (Kearny, NJ). He was awarded the DeMolay degree of Chevalier and was an active member of the Legion of Honor. He was a member of the Lester Michaels Court of Chevaliers in Savannah. Mr. Rogers was a Life Member of the DeMolay Alumni Association.
He was active in the Scottish-American community. He was a Life Member of the Clan Macpherson Association US and had been awarded the title of Guardian of the Clan for support of the Clan's museum and library in Scotland. He was a Life Member of the Clan of Napier NA. Mr. Rogers was a member of Clan Chattan (Scotland). He was a member of the Scottish-American Military Society. He served as the Society's Quartermaster for many years as well as the Adjutant, Chaplain, and Commander for Lt. Hugh McKay Post #7. He was a member of Scottish Heritage USA, the Scotch-Irish Society of the US, the Coastal Scottish Heritage Society and the Scottish Heritage Society of Southeast Georgia.
He was a Charter Life Member of the Military Officers' Association of America; Life Member at Large of the Military Order of Foreign Wars; Life Member of the Military Order of the World Wars; Life Member at Large of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; Life Member of the US Army Association of Quartermasters; Life Member of Counterparts, an organization of advisors to the Vietnamese Armed Forces; Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America; Liberty Chapter 789; Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #46; Life Member National Order of Trench Rats, Dugout 416; a member of the American Legion; and a member of the Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Brotherhood. He was a life member of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment Association, the Society of the First Infantry Division, the Society of the Fifth Infantry Division, the 24th Infantry Division Association. He was a member of the US Army Brotherhood of Tankers; he was a member of the Order of the Silver Rose, and organization of Agent Orange victims from the Vietnam War and was recognized by the Silver Star Families of America.
Brother Rogers was initiated 02/07/1966, passed 03/07/1966 and raised 04/04/1966. He became an Emeritus Mason 08/04/2016 and received his 50 Year Award. He was Master of this Lodge in 2014.
| Paul William Sedelmeyer, Sr...|
Paul William Sedelmeyer, Sr., 91, died on Friday, February 14, 2014. Paul was born on January 25, 1923, in Pottsgrove, PA. He was the son of Judson Lawrence Sedelmeyer and Marie Blocklinger Sedelmeyer. He is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Norma Fletcher Sedelmeyer. Paul is survived by three children, Paul William Sedelmeyer, Jr. (Marilyn), James Lawrence Sedelmeyer (Marie), and Mary Louise Day (Thomas). He has six grandchildren: Christopher, Charles (deceased), April, Sean, Nicole, and Erica. He has nine great grandchildren.
Paul was a member of "America's Greatest Generation," having served from December 1941 through October 1947 for the entire duration of WWII. He was a "Blimp Man" patrolling our coastlines and escorting and protecting ships from ports out to sea. Paul had more than 3800 hours of flight time as an "Airship Rigger", Seaman First Class, earning two sets of "wings" plus two "stars." He was the last surviving member of his flight crew. He stated that, "Blimps greatly reduced the number of ships lost at sea." Recently, Paul was among the surviving WWII vets honored in Washington, DC.
For many years, he was very active and held offices in local Masons and Shriners councils and chapters. He was past Past Worshipful Master, Coastal Daylight Lodge No. 750, F&AM and dual member Guyton Lodge No. 428, F&AM; Past High Priest, Georgia Chapter No. 3, RAM; Past Illustrious Master, Georgia Council No. 2, R&SM; Past Eminent Commander, Palestine Commandery No. 7, K.T.; Member, Georgia Priory No. 39, KYCH; 32° KCCH member of A.A.S.R., Valley of Savannah; Member Alee Shriners, Knights of Mecca and Provost Guard; Member Herman E. Freeman College, Y.R.S.C.N.A.; Past Sovereign Master, Savannah Council No. 328, A.M.D.; Member, Oglethorpe Conclave, R.C.C.; Past Worthy Patron, Savannah Chapter No. 52, O.E.S; Past Royal Patron, Georgia Court No. 1, O.O.A.; Member, White Shrine of Jerusalem; and Member Hunter Chapter No. 502, National Sojourners and Georgia Hussars Camp, Heroes of '76.
He was an active member of the American Legion (Post 209) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 660).
Paul was a long-time member of Zion Lutheran Church in Marlow, where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Norma.
| John Wesley McPipkin, Sr....|
John Wesley McPipkin, Sr. - SAVANNAH - John Wesley McPipkin, Sr. died July 25, 2010 under the care of Hospice of Savannah after a six-year battle with cancer.
Born November 14, 1938 in Savannah, GA, he was preceded in death by his parents, Claude Wesley and Vyrie K. McPipkin, and a brother, Frederick W. McPipkin. He graduated from Savannah High School in 1956 and attended Armstrong State College.
He was a retiree of International Paper, formally Union Camp Corporation, completing 43 years of service, finishing as a supervisor in the Electrical & Instrumentation Department.
He was a member of White Bluff United Methodist Church where he has served on the Board of Trustees and Administration Board, and a member of the United Methodist Men and the Wayfarers Sunday School Class.
He was a member of Landrum Lodge #48, F & AM, and a dual member and Past Master of Coastal Daylight Lodge #750. Mountain Park Lodge #729 in Stone Mountain, GA made him an honorary member in 2000. In 2004, he was named Mason of the year for his outstanding service to Coastal Daylight Lodge. He was a proud 32 KCCH Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Alee Shrine Temple. During his time with the Order of the Eastern Star, Wesley served as Worthy Patron of Laurel Chapter #51, and as Worthy Grand Patron of the State of GA in 2005-2006. As a young man, he was a member of Cecil Cheves Chapter, Order of DeMolay and was a Past Master Councilor. He was also a recipient of the Chevalier Degree for his outstanding service to the Order of DeMolay and in 2009 was invested with the Legion of Honor for his exemplary service to humanity and to the world from DeMolay International. He served on the Advisory Board of Savannah Assembly #1, International Order of Rainbow for Girls and received the Grand Cross of Color in 1976 for his dedication to the youth of the Order.
Wesley was an avid hunter and a member of Bryan Hunting Club and a former member of Hamilton Ridge Hunting Club in Garnett, SC. He played softball most of his adult life and was a member of Savannah's Old Timer's Softball Association. One of his sporting passions was his love for the Georgia Bulldogs and was their #1 fan. Wesley touched many people during his life and always had time for others.
He was courageous, strong, and faced his ultimate challenge, esophageal cancer, with dignity and bravery. Affectionately known as "Pop", he will always be remembered and treasured by those who loved him. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janet Walling McPipkin; a daughter and son-in-law, Judith M. Funderburk and Dr. Michael Funderburk; a son and daughter-in-law, John Wesley McPipkin, Jr. and Stacey Mills McPipkin; seven grandchildren: John Michael Coburn, Jr., Brian Claude Coburn, Dylan Wesley McPipkin, Ashley Nicole Clements, Steven Brett Anderson, Christopher Michael Funderburk and Samuel Caldwell Funderburk; a sister and brother-in-law, Claudia M. Coker and James R. Coker of Brandon, FL; two sister-in-laws, Diane K. McPipkin of Valdosta, GA and Sherry M. Walling of Garden City, GA; an Aunt, Berta McPipkin of Jesup, GA; a special cousin and her husband, Linda S. and Vernon G. Elliott, Jr.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Masonic graveside service will follow in the Old Rugged Cross section of Forest Lawn Cemetery.
| Earl Haverly Markee, Jr....|
Earl Haverly Markee, Jr. - SAVANNAH -Mr. Earl Haverly Markee, Jr., 77, died Monday July 23, 2007 at Hospice Savannah. The Philadelphia native has lived in Savannah since 1988.
He retired after 30 years of service with the U.S. Government as a meteorological scientist.
Mr. Markee was very active in the Masons, the Shriners and the Sojourners and was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.
His wife of 49 years, Doreen Hiott Markee preceded him in death. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and John Thompson of Bluffton, SC; grandchildren and their spouses, Greg and Jess Kovolenko, Jr., Chris and Jen Kovolenko and Amie and Ashley Thompson; great-grandchildren, Alisha and Alanie Ellison.
| Russell Robert Garrett, Jr....|
Russell Robert Garrett, Jr. - SAVANNAH - Russell Robert Garrett, Jr., 84, of Savannah, died Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Memorial Medical Health University.
He was preceded in death by his son in law, Truitt Byers. He was born in Simpsonville, S.C., the first child of Russell and Lucille Garrett, who were farmers.
Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In 1946 he was released from active duty into the U.S. Navy Reserves and returned to Greer, S.C. He accepted a position with Sears, Roebuck and Company. It was here he met and married Connie Proffitt of Greenville, S.C., Dec. 31, 1949. In 1953, he was transferred to the Sears Store in Savannah, Ga., and in 1948 went to work with what is now known as Hughes Supply Co., where he was Sales Manager. He retired from the Navy reserves with 41 years of service.
Bro. Garrett was initiated into the Masonic Order in Greer, S.C. in Aug. 1948. He affiliated with Roger Lacey Lodge in Savannah in 1961 and served as Worshipful Master in 1970. He has served as Secretary and Treasurer. He was initiated in Georgia Chapter No. 3, Royal Arch Masons, May 6, 1967, Georgia Council No. 2, Royal and Select Masters, May 13, 1967. Palestine Commandery No.7, Knights Templar, May 20, 1967 and became a member of the Alee Shrine in June 1967. He is also a life member of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. Russell and his wife Connie received the Degrees of the Order of the Eastern Star in October 1968 in Bethlehem Chapter No. 269 where he served as Worthy Patron 1973-74 and again 1982 - 83. He was District Deputy in 1977 - 78 and then served on the Transportation and Credential Committees. He was a member of the Credential Committee 1979-80 - 1980-81 and Chairman of Credentials 1981-82, Charters & Dispensations 1983-84. Served as Grand Sentinel 1984-85 - Elected Associate Grand Patron 1984-85. He was a member of Coastal Daylight Lodge #750, F. & A.M's, the Scottish Rite Consistory - Valley of Savannah. Russell served as Worthy Grand Patron, Grand Chapter of Georgia, Order of the Eastern Star 1986 - 1987, and was a member of the Music Makers Club. He was also Past Patron of Bethlehem Chapter #269, OES.
He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Constance Proffitt Garrett, of Savannah, Ga; son, Russell Robert Garrett, III (Pearis DeHart) of Richmond Hill, Ga; 2 daughters, Cheryl Hendricks (Carl) of Guyton, Ga; and Debra Kay Byers of Savannah, Ga; 3 sisters, Madge Bailey, Edna Arnold and Shirley Beecham all of Greer, S.C., and 6 grandchildren.
Interment with Masonic Graveside Services conducted by Roger Lacey Lodge #722, F. & A.M.'s will be held in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
| Daniel David Stewart...|
Daniel David Stewart - SAVANNAH - Daniel David Stewart, 46, passed away peacefully on Sunday, under the care of Hospice Savannah surrounded by his loving family. He fought his toughest battle with much faith, courage and conviction.
Dan was born in Ft. Campbell, KY. A graduate from Austin Peay University, he was a veteran of the United States Army and obtained the rank of Captain.
Dan was a Realtor and the Owner of Preferred Properties. He served several years as a Director with the Savannah Board of Realtors.
Dan was a Mason and a Shriner. In 2004, he served as worshipful Master of Coastal Daylight Lodge #750. In 2007, Dan served as President of the Alee Temple Dune Cat Unit. Dan was awarded " Shriner of the Year" in 2007.
He was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church and was a member of The Exchange Club of Savannah. He is survived by his wife of seventeen years, Diana; his daughter Lauren and his mother, Shigeko Fahrig of Clarksville, TN. His greatest love was his wife and daughter.
| William Jesse Johnson...|
William Jack Johnson -Savannah- William Jack Johnson, 71, of Guyton, died Mar 28, 2007 at Candler Hospital.
Visitation: 2-3 p.m. Sunday at Fairhaven Funeral Home. Memorial Services: 3 pm Sunday in the Chapel of Fairhaven Funeral Home, with Rev. Loran Smith, Rev. Donald C. Combs, and Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons, in the State of Georgia, Eli A. Stafford, officiating.
| William Shelton Griffin...|
William Shelton "Sam" Griffin, 85, of Savannah, passed away Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at Hospice Savannah, surrounded by his family.
He was born April 21, 1927 in Glenville, Ga., to Bernie Shelton Griffin and Ida Huey Deal Griffin. He was preceded in death by a son, James William Griffin, and his parents, brothers, and sisters. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Cathryn Parker Griffin; children: son, John Griffin (Nancy); 3 daughters, Cathy Porter (Kenny), Patricia Williams (Michael), Betty Jo Harris (Michael); sister, Shirley White (Gerald), grandchildren: Kristen Willoughby (Michael), Krystle White (Ross) Candice Minish (Steve), Nikki King, Ashley King, Ron Griffin, Jamie Griffin, Beth Andrews (Herbert), 14 great grandchildren, Sister in Laws: Peggy Griffin and Myrtle Jo Griffin, several nieces and nephews, and a dog named "Sweetie".
Sam was a veteran having served in WW II, in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Seaman 1st Class in the American Theatre. He was a member of many organizations including American Legion Post # 135, Past Commander of DAV Chapter # 8, and he was very active in Masonic Orders, being a member of Acacia Lodge # 452, F. & A.M.; Past Master of Coastal Daylight Lodge # 750, F. & A. M, and was very active in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, where he was presented with his 33rd Degree, and he was also a member of Alee Shrine Temple.
Sam was a member o First Christian Church, where he served in many capacities, including serving on the Board of Elders.
Sam was retired from Backus Cadillac Company, where he worked in Automotive Sales for over 40 years, in the Savannah Area.
| Paul Raymond Black...|
Paul R. (Ray) Black Sgt. USAF Retired, 74, died Friday July 15, 2005 at his residence. Born in Chicago, IL to Walter L. and Ethel Fay Black, he moved to Savannah in 1957 from Paris, IL.
He was retired from the US Air Force, the US Air Guards, US Postal Service and the City of Savannah. He was a veteran having served during the Korean Conflict.
He was past master of the Thunderbolt Lodge #693, F. & A.M. 's (1987) and Costal Daylight Lodge #750 F. & A.M.' s (1997), and a member of Acacia Lodge #452, F. & A.M. 's.
Survivors: wife, Maree C. Jarrell Black of Savannah; two sons, Larry R. Black of Arcadia, FL and Russell E. Jarrell of Savannah; two daughters, Barbara Sue Black of Orlando, FL and Jean M. Connor of Birmingham, AL; a brother, Ernest E. Black of Paris IL; a sister, Betty A. Yarick of Centennial, CO; nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
| Carl Byron Smith, Sr....|
Mr. Carl Smith, age 77, passed away Monday, October 23, 2017 at the Tattnall Healthcare Center in Reidsville. The South Carolina native had lived in Savannah for many years, moving to Pembroke twenty five years ago. He was the owner and operator of Carl Smith Plumbing and was the Past Master of Landrum Lodge #48 of Savannah. Mr. Carl was of the Baptist faith and loved to play cards. He was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam Snipes Smith and his children, Carl Smith, Jr., Bobby DeLong, and Chris Smith.
He is survived by his children, Earl (Karen) Smith of Pembroke, Tony (Lisa) Smith of Springfield, Linda (George) Eikleberry of Springfield and Eric (Melissa) DeLong of Savannah; siblings, Charlie Smith of Savannah, Carolyn Strawbridge of Kansas, and Walter DeLoach of Gray; eleven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorial services will be held 2:00pm, Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Building at the corner of Bull St. and Charleton St. 3rd Floor in Savannah.