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