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Obituary of Most Worshipful Past Grand Master George W. Tither

It is with very heavy hearts that all Kentucky Masons celebrate the life, and mourn the passing, of our Most Worshipful Past Grand Master George W. Tither. He was well known throughout the Commonwealth as a wonderful man, Mason, and dearly beloved friend. From those of us that must continue our labors in this life, we will see you again dear Brother in the Celestial Lodge Above.

George W. Tither, Past Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Free and Accepted Masons

George W. Tither, 94, of Fort Thomas, KY, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014. Retired Owner of Tither Heating & Cooling. He was a WWII Navy veteran. George became a Mason in 1960 and served as Master of Aspen Grove No. 397 and Fort Thomas No. 808 Lodges, F&AM; he was installed as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky in October 1992. George went into the Scottish Rite on November 19, 1987. He was invested with the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor on November 27, 1993 and was coroneted an Inspector General, Honorary of the 33rd degree on November 16, 2013. He was a member of the Alexandria No. 337 Order of the Eastern Star. He also belonged to the Syrian Shrine Temple, Cincinnati, OH. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Billye Herald Tither and a son Rusty Tither. He is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Webber and Kimberly (William) Margroum; two granddaughters, MacKenzie Margroum and Juleann Williams; one great grandson, Morgan Williams. Visitation 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Alexandria Funeral Home, 325 Washington St, Alexandria, KY. Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Fort Thomas, 600 N. Ft. Thomas Avenue, Fort Thomas, KY. Interment in the Persimmon Grove Cemetery, Alexandria, KY. Memorials may be made to Masonic Widows and Orphans Home, 3701 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40207. Online condolences can be expressed at:

Installation of Officers


Bobby Watt (Hays No. 517), Installing Master; James Stidham (Hays No. 517), Installing Marshall; Travis Bush, Senior Steward; Lew Adams, Treasurer; Jason Wallace, Senior Deacon; Rick Campbell, Tyler; Dan Kemble, Master; Dennis Stephens, Junior Steward; Ed Tanner, Secretary; Buddy Wallace, Junior Deacon; Ernie Stratton, Junior Warden; and Bob Fobbe, Chaplain.


Bobby Watt (Hays No. 517), Installing Master; Dan Kemble, Master; and James Stidham (Hays No. 517), Installing Marshall.


Sarah Watt, Bobby Watt (Hayes No. 517), James Stidham (Hays No. 517), and Wanda Stidham.


Brother Bobby Watt (Hays No. 517) presents Master Dan Kemble with the print “Let There Be Light” by Brother Pete Hicks of Bowling Green Lodge No. 73. The print depicts the altar from the old Bowling Green Lodge. Brother Hicks was an art professor at Western Kentucky University.


Brother Garry Kelly and Brother Jason Wallace won the 2013 gift cards for their donations to our Kelly Elementary School Fund. The school is not named for Brother Garry, although he is said to have attended first grade there for several years.

Widows’ and Awards Dinner


Brother E. Ralph Elliott receives his Fifty Year Pin and Gold Card from Most Worshipful Past Grand Master L. C. Harper.


Most Worshipful Past Grand Master L. C. Harper is presented with a commission as a Kentucky Colonel by Master Jason Wallace.


Past Master Travis Bush presents Most Worshipful Past Grand Master L. C. Harper with a proclamation signed by Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore designating August 24, 2013 as “L. C. Harper Day” in Boone County, Kentucky.


State Senator John Schickel presents Most Worshipful Past Grand Master L. C. Harper with a resolution passed by the Kentucky Senate honoring his service to Freemasonry.

Installation of Officers


Brother Buddy Wallace, P.M., Installing Marshall, places Master-Elect Jason L. Wallace at the altar as a Master Mason.


Master Jason L. Wallace is seated in the Oriental Chair.


Newly installed Master Jason L. Wallace with Brother Bobby Engle, P.M., of Burlington Lodge No. 264.


Newly installed Master Jason L. Wallace with his parents, Brother Buddy Wallace, P.M., and Janice Wallace.


Master Jason L. Wallace addresses the Lodge.

Installation of Officers 2010


Master-Elect Hillard Newsome, Jr stands west of the altar.


Master-Elect Hillard Newsome, Jr assumes the oath and obligation as Master of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926.


Craftsman greet newly installed Master Hillard Newsome, Jr with Public Grand Honors.


Officers of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 for 2011. First row, left to right: Al Cummins, P.M., Installing Master; Travis Bush, Senior Warden; Hillard Newsome, Jr, Master; Mel Kinser, P.M., Senior Steward; Jason Wallace, Junior Warden. Second row: Dan Kemble, Senior Deacon; Garry Kelly, P.M., Junior Steward; Ed Tanner, P.M., Secretary. Third row: Dennis Stephens, P.M., Junior Deacon; Rick Campbell, P.M., Tyler.

Petersburg No. 926 Rededicated as Elvin E. Helms No. 926

On September 8, 2007, Petersburg Lodge No. 926, F. & A. M. was re-named and re-chartered as Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926, F. & A. M. Photos are courtesy of Brother Nelson Charette.


Worshipful Master Ron Schroeder welcomes the assembled guests to the re-naming and re-chartering of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926, F. & A. M.


Children of Elvin E. Helms, Sr., left to right, Ms. Patricia Hogan, Bro. Elvin E. Helms, Jr., Ms. Marilyn Peters and Ms. Nell Jo Tanner.


Worshipful Master Ron Schroeder accepts the Lodge’s new charter from Most Worshipful Grand Master Greg Powell.


Worshipful Master Ron Schroeder unfurls the Lodge’s new banner and Bro. Elvin E. Helms, Jr. looks on.


Worshipful Deputy Grand Master Keith Dreier, Most Worshipful Grand Master Greg Powell and Right Worshipful Grand Chaplain Mel Kinser conduct the proceedings.


Bro. Al Collier at his station as Treasurer of the Lodge.


Bro. Ed Tanner observes the proceedings.


Worshipful Grand Senior Deacon Garry Kelly.


Bro. Kirby Smith visits with guests of the Lodge.


Bro. Rick Campbell and Bro. George Bowman enjoy some of the good food provided by the Lodge.

Installation of Officers for 2007

Most Worshipful Grand Master Installs Officers at Home Lodge


Most Worshipful Grand Master Brother Gregory C. Powell, P.M., Installing Master, installs the officers at his home Lodge, Petersburg No. 926. Grand Senior Deacon, Brother Garry C. Kelly was Installing Marshall. Right Reverend Grand Chaplain Robert Melvin Kinser, P.M., was Installing Chaplain.

First row: Randy Ward, Junior Warden; Garry C. Kelly, Junior Deacon; Most Worshipful Grand Master Gregory C. Powell, P.M. and Installing Master; Ronald S. Schroeder, Master; Michael H. Howard, Senior Warden; Kirby T. Smith, P.M., Senior Steward.

Second row: John R. Richardson, Senior Deacon; Albert L. Collier, P.M., Treasurer; Elvin E. Helms Jr, P.M., Secretary; George Bowman, Tyler; Edward M. Tanner, P.M., Junior Steward.

Back row: Robert Melvin Kinser, P.M., Chaplain