2012 Officers Elected & Installed

Congratulations to the newly elected officers for 2012 for Zaman Grotto (MOVPER). The following Masons were elected at the Wednesday December 21, 2011, Stated Meeting. They were installed by Grand Monarch Aquinas (Moe) Evans of the Grottoes of North America, Inc., the international body under whose authority Zaman Grotto operates.

2012 Elected Officers
Monarch – James E. (Jimmy) Stewart
Chief Justice – Bob Kermick, PM
Master of Ceremonies – Gene Gitter
Treasurer – Jim Annestedt, PM
Secretary – Jim Connors, PM
Venerable Prophet – Tim Gatewood
Trustee for 3 years – Bob Casey

Prophet Monarch Stewart will appoint the remaining officers as soon as possible. They will be announced here when that news becomes available.

RIP, Joe Cassini, Past Monarch

Word came on Tuesday December 20, 2011, that Past Monarch Joe Cassini had passed away earlier that day.

There was a Masonic service Thursday night (December 22).

Please keep Wanda & the Cassini family in your prayers.

This makes two (2) Past Monarchs who have passed away recently. Both will be greatly missed.


Here is Joe’s obituary:

JOE RONALD CASSINI, 71, of Collierville, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Methodist LeBonheur Germantown Hospital.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, December 22 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar. Masonic Memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Services will be 2 p.m., Friday, December 23 at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Ave. Burial in Memphis Memory Gardens.

Mr. Cassini was a Past Master and member of Unity Masonic Lodge, Past Patron of OES, 32nd degree Scottish Rite, member of Al Chymia Shrine, member of Hillbilly Unit and past Monarch of Zaman Grotto, and retired from the Shelby County Government.

Mr. Cassini was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Mattie Cassini. He leaves his wife of 12 years, Wanda Pepper Cassini; one sister, Judi Cassini of Memphis; one brother, Eddie Cassini (Eileen) of Germantown, many wonderful stepchildren, Dick Pepper (Christy), Paula Miresties (Nick), Bruce Pepper (Kelly), and Debbie Nabors (Mike); and many cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He has many loving nieces and nephews, Nedoly Miller (Carl), Chuck Miller, Coni Mobley (Greg), Cari Smith (Mark) and Kenny Cassini (Jessica).

Memorials may be made to charity of donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.memphisfuneralhome.net Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave.

Published in The Commercial Appeal on December 22, 2011, (as seen online 12-25-2011 & corrected as to capitalization).

RIP, James. C. McCarley, Past Monarch

JC McCarley, August 2008, Memphis Masonic Temple, 4th & Court

JC McCarley, August 2008, Memphis Masonic Temple, 4th & Court

We received word that Past Monarch James C. (JC) McCarley passed away early this morning.

JC was a pillar of the Masonic community, being Recorder of 2 York Rite bodies & of the local Amaranth chapter, a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and active in the Order of the Eastern Star.

If there was a Masonic body that was not touched by JC and improved by that touch, we would be surprised to hear of it.

His knowledge of Masonry and Masons as people was encyclopedic.

He was also a member of two Lodges of the Oddfellows.

He was one of those rare men whom you truly feel privileged to have known.

He will be greatly missed.

JC and Geneva McCarley - Monarch's Ball - July 2004

JC and Geneva McCarley – Monarch’s Ball – July 2004

Here is the (woefully brief and lacking in details) obituary that appeared in the Commercial Appeal :

JAMES C. McCARLEY, 80, of Memphis, TN, died Saturday, December 3, 2011. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and the Air Force Reserves, a 33rd degree mason, and a member of the DeSoto Lodge, and many other Masonic organizations. Mr. McCarley is survived by his wife of 60 years, Geneva McCarley; daughter, Vickie Lynn Carter; son, James Michael McCarley (Mara); grandchildren, Joshua Setzler (Brandi), Misty Lynn Martin (Colby); and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, at Forest Hill East Funeral Home. The service

will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 8, at the funeral home with interment to follow.