Albany Lodge #24 F&AM

Albany Lodge #24 F&AM See the Albany Lodge #24 F&AM Group! We meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7:30 PM. A meal is served at 6:30 PM. Officers 2014
WM Gene Jernigan
SW Bill Buntin
JW Ashley Helton
TREAS Robert Wells

(Sam) Lee III
CHAP William Pressley
SD Andy Jernigan
JD Matt Brown
SS John Frazier
JS Tony Stevens
TYLER Ronnie Keel

Operating as usual


Don't forget tomorrow night at 6:30pm Family Night dinner. Followed by a program by Brother Donald Combs. We will be honoring all Past Masters, 50 year Masons, Emeritus Masons and Masonic Widows. Please come and be with us.

July 2, 1863 -- One hundred fifty years ago today.Confederate General Lewis Addison Armistead (a Freemason) led his brig...

July 2, 1863 -- One hundred fifty years ago today.

Confederate General Lewis Addison Armistead (a Freemason) led his brigade to Gettysburg. The following day he was shot twice, and as he went down he gave a Masonic sign asking for assistance. A fellow Mason, a Union officer named Henry H. Bingham, then a Captain, later a higher officer and then a very influential Congressman, came to Armistead’s assistance and offered to help. Armistead reportedly asked to see and talk with his friend General Hancock, but he was told that Hancock had been very badly wounded just a few minutes earlier. Union Brother Bingham then helped Confederate Brother Armistead off the field and to a hospital, but Armistead died two days later. General Hancock, to the surprise of many, recovered and resumed his command later in the Civil War.

This incident, of a Freemason who was a Union officer helping a Freemason who was a wounded Confederate officer, is one of the greatest examples of the ideals of Freemasonry in action. In 1993, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania completed and dedicated a monument on the Gettysburg National Cemetery, with the cooperation and support of the United States government, that shows Brother Bingham, a Union officer, assisting Brother Armistead. This statue is extremely dramatic, and it is called the "Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial."

Brick Memorial

Brick Memorial

Mableton Lodge No. 171 Free &  Accepted Masons

Mableton Lodge No. 171 Free & Accepted Masons

R.I.P. Brother


Gary D. Lemmons
For my Masonic brethren...I have just learned that Most Worshipful Brother James E. Miller, Past Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for the State of Georgia (1999), passed away last evening (Sat. Apr. 20, 2013). M. W. Brother Jim was a distinguished Freemason and a Christian gentleman, and we shall all miss his words of counsel and comfort. Please remember his lovely wife, Miss Liz, and the family in your prayers.


Michael Karpovage wrote:

An excellent Masonic story from the Civil War, written by John Howey:

L.J. Williams of Harvard, New York, enlisted in the 114th New York Volunteers at the beginning of the Civil War. He received the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Degrees in Downsville Lodge No. 464 prior to his leaving home.

Later during the war he was captured and imprisoned near Savannah, Georgia. While in the prison, he communicated with his friends in the North. His lodge in New York through the proper officials got in touch with Zerubbabel Lodge in Savannah and stated that they would consider it a favor if the lodge in Savannah would confer the Third Degree on the Fellowcraft Brother Williams.

One night Brother Williams was taken from the prison and conducted to the lodge room in Savannah. He only had his blue tattered uniform to wear, a token of his sympathy with the cause he believed in. The officers of the lodge were all in Confederate gray. Although on opposite sides in the struggle going on on the battlefields of the South, they were all Brethren. He was then and there raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason and acclaimed a full Brother and friend to those who wore the gray.

Later that night Brother Williams escaped. When asked about his escape he would "smile peculiarly. You might put it down as an escape, but it wasn't an escape strictly speaking. They put me in a boat and carried me off some distance. Then they deposited me on neutral soil between the lines." From there Williams was able to find his friends. Williams never knew who exactly helped him escape. He considered it as their secret and it was never disclosed. Williams stated: "I know exactly to whom I may attribute my escape, His name is Hiram."


Albany Lodge #24 will be dark next Monday in observance of Presidents Day.


I have just received the following message from M.W. Brother Bobby Simmons:

“It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of the passing of Anita Horne the beloved wife of Past Grand Master C. E. “Buster” Horne. Arrangements are unknown at this time and will be provided as soon as available. Please keep Buster and his family in your prayers when upon bended knee.”

William E. (Bill) MaxwellSeptember 16, 1939 - January 4, 2013William E. (Bill) Maxwell, 73, of Albany, GA died January 4...

William E. (Bill) Maxwell
September 16, 1939 - January 4, 2013
William E. (Bill) Maxwell, 73, of Albany, GA died January 4, 2013 at his residence. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 AM at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Bobby Moye will officiate. Entombment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

A native of Albany, GA, born to the late Leon and Ethel Maxwell, Mr. Maxwell attended Albany Schools and graduated from Albany High School in 1958. He lived in Lee County, GA for forty years before returning to Albany, GA in 1998.

He and his family owned and operated Albany Welding since 1937 until his retirement in 2007. Mr. Maxwell was a member of Albany Lodge # 24 F & AM, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a York Rite Mason and a member of Hasan Shriners. He served as Potentate of Hasan Shrine Center in 1988, he was a member of the Directors Staff and was also a member and past director of The Royal Order of The Jesters Court # 159.

Survivors include his wife of fifty three years, Marideane Melton Maxwell of Albany, GA, a son and his wife, Bill E. and Jo Beth Maxwell, Jr. of Worth County, GA, two daughters, Kimberly Maxwell and Penny Williams and her husband, Charlie all of Lee County, GA, his grandchildren, Clint Garrett of Lee County, GA, Lacie Noe and her husband, Jeremy of Kennesaw, GA, Melanie Agentis and her husband, Nate of North Hampton, PA, Nathan Williams of Slydell, LA, Dalton Williams and Joele Maxwell of Lee County, GA, Cole Maxwell, Cade Maxwell both of Worth County, GA, four great-grandchildren, Lola Agentis, Logan Agentis, Riley Agentis and Daegan Williams, two sisters, Loretta Maxwell Daniels of Albany, GA and Marilyn Maxwell Kramer, of Tallahassee, FL, two brothers and their wives, John and Gail Maxwell of Lake Mary, FL and Charlie and Tricia Maxwell of Lee County, GA and a sister-in-law, Evelyn T. Maxwell, wife of the late Joseph (Joe) Maxwell, of Shalimar, FL.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Mathews Funeral Home.

Those desiring may make contributions to the Hasan Shriners Transportation Fund c/o Hasan Shrine Center, 1822 Palmyra Rd, Albany, GA 31701. Or Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA, 31707.

Mathews Funeral Home

From the Officers and Members of Albany Lodge #24 F&AM,  Merry Christmas.

From the Officers and Members of Albany Lodge #24 F&AM, Merry Christmas.


Congrats to 2013 Officers elected tonight.
WM: Andy Jernigan
SW: Gene Jernigan
JW: Tony Stevens
Treasurer: Robert Wells
Secretary: Sam Lee
SD: Bo Lane
JD: John Frazier
SS: Ashley Helton
JS: Bill Buntin Jr.
Chaplain: Bill Pressley
Tyler: Ronnie Keel
Masonic Home Ambassador: Gene Jernigan
Director of Work: Sam Lee

Installation will be on December 15 at noon by Grand Master Ray Knittel


Sympathy goes out to Brother James Vanzant in the loss of his brother Charles today. Charles had suffered with MS for many years.


I would like to welcome 6 new members to Albany Lodge #24 F&AM. We approved their duel membership tonight. Andy Jernigan, Gene Jernigan, Dr. Bill Buntin, Jr, Robert Ramsey, Tony Stevens and John Lane. We held a special election for Senior Warden and elected Andy Jernigan. Welcome Brothers and Congratulations Andy!

Grand Pooba, Fred Flintstone

Grand Pooba, Fred Flintstone

In Memory of Brother Paul Richard Baker. 11/20/1933-6/3/2012

In Memory of Brother Paul Richard Baker. 11/20/1933-6/3/2012



Ten Master Masons, happy, doing fine;
One listened to a rumor, then there were nine.

Nine Master Masons, faithful, never late;
One didn't like the "Master," then there were eight.

Eight Master Masons, on their way to heaven;
One joined too many clubs, then there were seven.

Seven Master Masons, life dealt some hard licks;
One grew discouraged, then there were six.

Six Master Masons, all very much alive;
One lost his interest, then there were five.

Five Master Masons, wishing there were more;
Got into a great dispute, then there were four.

Four Master Masons, busy as could be;
One didn't like the programs, then there were three.

Three Master Masons, was one of them you?
One grew tired of all the work, then there were two.

Two Master Masons with so much to be done;
One said "What's the use," then there was one.

One Master Mason, found a brother -- true!
Brought him to the Lodge, then there were two.

Two Master Masons didn't find work a bore;
Each brought another, then there were four.

Four Master Masons saved their Lodge's fate;
By showing others kindness, then there were eight.

Eight Master Masons, loving their Lodges bright sheen;
Talked so much about it, they soon counted sixteen.

Sixteen Master Masons, to their obligations true;
Were pleased when their number went to thirty-two.

So we can't put our troubles at the Lodge's door;
It's our fault for harming the Lodge we adore.

Don't fuss about the programs or the "Master" in the East;
Keep your obligation by serving even the very least.

Grand Lodge Family,Past Grand Masters,Friends and all;Right Worshipful Brother J. Aubrey Lewis, Jr., approximately 3:15P...

Grand Lodge Family,
Past Grand Masters,
Friends and all;

Right Worshipful Brother J. Aubrey Lewis, Jr., approximately 3:15P.M. today has gone home to his Lord.

Brother Aubrey, will truly be missed by all of us, but the remembrance of his smile will always be in our memories..

Everyone please keep his wife, Jackie and family in your prayers.

Arrangements will follow when I receive them.

Joe W. Watson,
Grand Secretary

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Notice the inscription around the Bee Hive.

Notice the inscription around the Bee Hive.


The Masonic Ring
Author Unknown

Those men who help my dad each day,
They wear those mason rings.
A Square and Compass set in gold,
The praise of which I sing
My Dad, he hurt his back you know,
One cold and wintry day.
He slipped and fell upon the ice,
The insurance would not pay.
And since that time those rings I see,
On hands that help us much.
With mowing lawns and hauling trash,
Each day my heart they touch.

They even built a house for me,
Amid our backyard tree.
Where all the neighbor kids,
Would play with laughter full of glee.
My Mom she cried from happiness,
The time the Masons came.
To aid our family in distress,
Without a thought of gain.

And when I'm big, just like my Dad,
Of this it must be told.
I want to wear a ring like his,
A Square and Compass gold.
Long years have passed since when,
My Dad was in that plaster cast.
And since I swore that Solemn Oath,
Which unites us to the last.
But more than that I'm proud to say,
I wear his Mason ring.
The one Dad wore for many years,
Until his death this spring.
And one last time his comrades came,
To aid my weeping Mother.
They praised and bid a fond farewell,
To our fallen Brother.

And after which my Son did ask,
About their Aprons white.
And the rings upon their hands,
Of gold so shiny bright.
With tearful eyes I said with pride,
They're men of spirit pure.
Those men who wear those Mason rings,
Of that you can be sure.
And before he went to bed that night,
The family he foretold.
Someday I'll wear a ring like Dad's
A Square and Compass gold.


from the Officers and Members, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and we wish you a prosperous New Year!


It is not ornamental, the cost is not great, There are other things far more useful, yet truly I state, Tho of all my possessions, there's none can compare,With that white leather apron, which all Masons wear. As a young lad I wondered just what it all meant, When Dad hustled around, and so much time was spent On shaving and dressing and looking just right,Until Mother would say: "It's the Masons tonight." And some winter nights she said: "What makes you go, Way up there tonight thru the sleet and the snow, You see the same things every month of the year."Then Dad would reply: "Yes, I know it, my dear." Forty years I have seen the same things, it is true. And though they are old, they always seem new, For the hands that I clasp, and the friends that I greet,Seem a little bit closer each time that we meet."

In MemoriumJerry Otto Hays 10/20/1927-12/05/2011Past Master, Emeritus, 50 year and Treasurer

In Memorium
Jerry Otto Hays 10/20/1927-12/05/2011
Past Master, Emeritus, 50 year and Treasurer


2012 Officers:

WM: Ashley Helton SD: John Frazier Dir of Work: Sam Lee
SW: James Vanzant JD: Clay Chaffee Ambassador: Louis Lamb
JW: Bart Louthan SS: Ken Gordon Tyler: Robert Wells
Treasurer: Jerry Hays JS: Don Pollock
Secretary: Sam Lee Chaplain: Bill Pressley

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos


several of our members are having some health issues. Please remember them when on bended knee. Jerry Hays, Bill Pressley, Ashley Helton to name a few.


Fulton Lodge No. 216 and Atlanta-Peachtree No. 59 are having a FRIENDLY debate on September 7,2011 at the Atlanta Masonic Center. Dinner is served at 6:15 PM and lodge opens at 7:00 PM. The topic is the Grand Lodge of Georgia having full recognition of Prince Hall Masons. This meeting is open to Master Masons ONLY.

Please RSVP to Jeffrey Krieger at [email protected] by Tuesday September 6th if you plan to attend dinner, we want to make sure we have enough food for everyone.

Welcome to the Albany Lodges Website
Welcome to the Albany Lodges Website

Welcome to the Albany Lodges Website

Other Masonic Websites:Grand Lodge of Georgia F.&A.M.Child Identification Program(GACHIPS) Important Dates to Remember Link to Georgia Scottish Rite Masonry Link to Georgia York Rite Masonry


Don't forget August 1st SOWEGA Convention will meet with Albany Lodge #24 FA&M. Meal at 6:30pm Meeting at 7:30pm


10 years ago today the Grand Architect of the Universe summoned Brother Leon S. Lee, Jr. to the Celestial Lodge above...I still see him sitting at the Secretary's desk as he did for 25 years. I still hear him giving the Masters Charge....


Don't forget the regular meeting tomorrow night at 7:30pm. dinner at 6:30pm....please plan to attend.


Thanks to those who helped today with the Pancake Breakfast. Rain kept our sales low, but we managed to raise some funds. Our chief cook James Vanzant and helper WM Ashley Helton kept the food coming. Kathy Lee and Samantha Helton made sure everything was in good order.


Don't forget the Pancake Breakfast Saturday!


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Albany, GA


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