Janet Kuhn, RIP

Janet Kuhn, wife of Don Kuhn, daughter-in-law of Bud and Margaret Kuhn and sister-in-law of Jim and Marilyn Annestedt, passed away Thursday, March 21st.  This was sudden and totally unexpected.  Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.

Visitation will be 5pm until 7pm Saturday, March 23,2013. Funeral will be at 2:30pm Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch, MS.

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.

Prayers for Healing and Strength Requested

At the November 16, 2011, Zaman Grotto Stated Meeting, the following members & loved ones were brought to the attention of The Holy for his healing and strength:

Ted Woolfolk is still in Baptist Desoto Nursing Home. Bob Casey visited him recently & reported that he is going downhill.
JC & Geneva McCarley are doing poorly, as JC works to recover from having a pacemaker installed last month & Geneva deals with several health issues.
Charlie Gray is having heart problems.
Eugene Gitter’s wife, Renee, is very ill.
Wesley Rikard is dealing with a host of issues with help from his son David Rikard.

Please keep these men & their families in your prayers.


Shrine Memorial this Sunday 11-20-11

Al Chymia Shrine will host an annual memorial for Shriners who passed away in the past year on Sun 11-20-11 at 2pm.

As some of these deceased Shriners were also Prophets (members) of this Grotto, we are invited to attend and Monarch Charlie Moore authorized us to wear our Grotto fez.

Oliver Louis Conner & Crue Russell, who were long-time very active Zaman Grotto Prophets, were among these deceased Shriners.

We will also be there paying respect for all other Grotto members & their wives & family who passed away this year.

J.C. McCarley in Hospital

Our prayers for healing go out to J.C. McCarley, who is in the hospital recovering from getting a pacemaker installed.

He is in Methodist Germantown, Room 319, according to Charlie Moore, PM of Zaman Grotto.

They are expecting to release him in a few days, so Charlie does not see a need for a bunch of visitors — but knowing JC, I bet he would appreciate a call or card.

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Meanwhile, please note that I will have to miss at least part of the Zaman Grotto Stated Meeting on Wednesday, October 18th, due to work. PM Charlie will appoint a temporary Chaplain in my absence, so don’t fret about the prayers being said — it has been taken care of.

May the Lord lift you up and give you peace, now & forever more.


RIP Edwin D. “Tip” Rikard

Past Monarch Tip Rikard laid down his working tools and went home to the celestial lodge above on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

He was born on January 27, 1933, and was a very active member of Zaman Grotto for a long time, including serving as Monarch in 1999.

He was survived by his wife Sherri, daughters Donna Bruchesky & Vivian Baldomero, sons Richard & Kenneth Rikard, and seven grandchildren.

Interment was on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at Forest Hill South Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee.

PM Rikard will be greatly missed by the Grotto. Our sympathy & prayers go out to his family.

Tip and Sherri at the Monarch's Ball in 2006

Tip and Sherri at the Monarch’s Ball in 2006

RIP, Barbara Izzie

Prophets and Ladies,

I just received the following informatio​n on services for Barb Izzie. As you know Barb was the office manager for The Supreme Council and lost her fight with cancer late Wednesday night and will be missed by all who knew her.

Celebratio​n of Life, Monday August 1, 2011 from 5 -7 pm followed by a short funeral service at 7pm

Hill Funeral Home
220 S. State St.
Westervill​e, Ohio 43081
(614) 882-2121

Rest In Peace – Oliver Louis Conner, Jr.

Oliver Louis Conner, Jr.,  passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

He was a member of

  • Zaman Grotto (this body);
  • the Order of the Amaranth (Faith Court);
  • Penn Chapter, Eureka Council & St. Elmo Commandery (York Rite bodies meeting at the Masonic Temple at 4th & Court);
  • a past Master of Normal Lodge (which later merged with Unity Lodge);
  • a 32nd Degree Knight Commander of the Court of Honor at the Memphis Valley, Scottish Rite;
  • a Past Patron of the Order of the  Eastern Star (Oakville Chapter);
  • and active in the Al Chymia Shrine Hospital Staff.

He will be missed. Please remember his wife Betty and their family in your prayers.


Obit as published (errors left as they were):

Oliver Louis Conner, Jr., 64, of Memphis, went to be with the Lord on June 7, 2011. He was the son of Oliver Louis, Sr. and Frances Conner and was born on January 14, 1947. He was a graduate of Southside High School and had been an Architect for about 30 years. Louis was very active in the Masonic Organizations serving as past Master of the Unity Lodge #95, the 32nd Degree KCCH Scottish Rite, and was also a member of the Al Chymia Shrine where he was on the hospital staff. He enjoyed driving the hospital van carrying the children to the Shriners Hospital. He was Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star – Oakville Chapter #265 and the Order of the Faith Court #15.

He leaves his wife of 15 years, Betty Laird Conner; two daughters, Lisa Hellman (Chris) and Nancy Sparks (Greg, Sr.); two granddaughters, Shannon Sparks and Gabriella-Elizabeth Hellman; four grandsons, Timothy Hellman, Joseph Hellman, Greg Sparks, Jr. and James Sparks. He also leaves his mother, Frances Conner and three sisters, Becky Roberson, Janet Conner and Holly Conner.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 10, and funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, both at Family Funeral Care in Memphis. Interment will follow in Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens – Germantown Road. Memorials may directed to the Al Chymia Shrine Hospital Transportation.

Family Funeral Care 901-761-8000 www.familyfuneralmemphis.com

Published in The Commercial Appeal on June 9, 2011

General Marshall’s Prayer

General George C. Marshall was called upon to speak at an ecumenical sunrise service on Easter morning of 1945 as WWII was coming to a close. This is the prayer he gave.

In Service of God and Country

Almighty God: May those who have given their lives in the service of this nation rest in Thy care.

May those who are wounded in body find spiritual comfort under Thy guidance in the knowledge that through their services a great cause has been served.

May those who offer their lives in support of that cause, by land and sea and air, find strength in Thy divine guidance.

May those of us who serve this nation in its great purpose to secure freedom for all peoples be sustained by Thy blessings.

Give us strength, O Lord, that we may be pure in heart and in purpose to the end that there may be peace on earth and good will among men.

May we be mindful this Easter morning “still stands Thine ancient sacrifice, an humble and contrite heart.” Amen

As Chaplain of Zaman Grotto, I used a slightly-modified version of this (to honor Memorial Day) as the opening prayer at our May meeting.  Here it is reproduced in full, exactly as seen in The Crossings Treasury of American Prayers, by James P. Moore, Jr.