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August 2017 Stated Communication

It was with heavy heart that the Brothers of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 assembled for our Lodge’s first stated meeting following the death of our Master, Buddy Wallace.  Our Senior Warden, Worshipful Bro. Jason Wallace, presided as Acting Master.  Our charter was draped in Bro. Buddy’s memory.

Worshipful Bro. Dave Regan of Latonia Lodge No. 746 presented Worshipful Bro. Ed Tanner with a plaque honoring his years of service to the Covington Scottish Rite 31st Degree Team.  Bro. Ed is a 50 year Scottish Rite Mason.

We had a nice turnout of visitors from other Lodges.  We always appreciate our Brothers who make the trip to Petersburg and we try to be sure that our guests feel welcome and at home!

Pictured above are Bro. Ernie Stratton (304, 926), Dave Regan (746), Larry York (220, 362), Robby Ratliff (362, 694), Jason Wallace (926, 264), Ed Tanner (304, 926), Chuck Yocom (746), Brian Carroll (95), Gary Caldwell (362), Cliff McKinley (362) and Ira Brockman (746).

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In Memory of Buddy Wallace

It is with profound sorrow that I must report to you the death of our beloved Worshipful Master, Bro. Buddy Wallace.

Bro. Buddy was initiated as an Entered Apprentice Mason on April 4, 1967, passed to the Degree of a Fellow Craft on November 21, 1967 and raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on January 23, 1968. He affiliated with Burlington Lodge No. 264 on February 12, 1976 and with Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 on June 12, 2012.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 4, 2017 from 10am to 12pm with a Masonic service during visitation at Burlington Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 12pm at Church.

Bro. Buddy was a devoted and faithful member of our Fraternity and our Lodge. He worked tirelessly on behalf of Masonry. We mourn his loss.


Henry “Buddy” Wallace, 79, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 at his residence. He worked as a truck driver with Manfredi Logistics for many years. Buddy was Past Master and very active in the Burlington Masonic Lodge No. 264 and Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 in Petersburg. He enjoyed archery and was an avid NASCAR fan. Preceded in death by his wife Janice Wallace in 2013 and sons Robin Wallace in 2009 and Henry S. Wallace III in 1980. Survivors include his sons Jason (Mary Beth) Wallace of Burlington and Donnie (Jennifer) Wallace of Bellevue, sister Bessie Mabel Wallace, grandchildren Summer Wallace, Devin Wallace, Rayah Wallace and Julia Wallace, great grandchildren Brandon Sterling, Joshua Brown, Javion Brown, and Drew Wallace. Visitation will be held Friday, August 4, 2017 from 10am to 12pm with a Masonic service during visitation at Burlington Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 12pm at Church. Burial will be held at Burlington Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Burlington Masonic Lodge No. 264, P.O. Box 62, Burlington, KY 41005. Condolences can be sent at http://www.serenityfuneralcare.com.

In Memory of Garry C. Kelly

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our esteemed Worshipful Brother Garry C. Kelly. Brother Kelly entered the Celestial Lodge Above on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. He was born on August 7, 1943; Initiated as an Entered Apprentice on January 2, 1965; Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on February 6, 1965; and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on March 6, 1965.

Visitation will be at Stith Funeral Home, 7500 US 42, Florence, KY 41042 from 2pm until 5pm on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Masonic Services will take place at 4:30pm. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11am at Hopeful Lutheran Church, 6430 Hopeful Church Road, Florence, KY 41042 with interment immediately following.


Garry C. Kelly, age 73, of Taylor Mill, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Garry was the loving husband of Susan Kelly (nee Cogar) for over 52 years. Loving father of Garry S. Kelly (Heather) and Jennifer Taylor (Derrick). Beloved grandfather of Katie, Allie, Connor, Merrin, Aiden, Briley, Ava, and Mandy. He also leaves behind his brother, Harold Kelly (Patricia). He is preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Ruth Kelly and brother, Virgil Lee Kelly. Garry retired from AT&T after 34 years working as a Communication’s Technician. He was a lifelong member of Hopeful Lutheran Church, a 50 plus year member of the Scottish Rite, a 32nd degree Mason, and a 50 year member of the Eastern Star. Garry served as a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, a Past Master of the Boone Union Masonic Lodge #304 and a member of the Elvin E. Helms Masonic Lodge #926. Visitation will take place on Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Stith Funeral Home 7500 US HWY 42 Florence, KY 41042. A Masonic service will begin Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Hopeful Lutheran Church. Burial will immediately follow at Hopeful Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to: Hopeful Lutheran Church 6430 Hopeful Church Road, Florence, KY 41042.

In Memory of Alfred E. McWethy

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our esteemed Brother Alfred E. McWethy. Brother McWethy entered the Celestial Lodge Above on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. He was born on October 25, 1928; Initiated as an Entered Apprentice on April 11, 1950; Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on May 9, 1950; and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on June 24, 1950.

Visitation will be at Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home (next to Hebron Lodge) from 10am until 12pm on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The family did not request a Masonic Burial. Interment will be at the Petersburg Cemetery.


Alfred E. McWethy “The Old Duck Hunter”, 88, of Petersburg passed away Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Florence. He was retired after more than 40 years of service from the Seagrams Distillery, Lawrenceburg, IN. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Jean McWethy nee Nixon in 2014; son, Steven McWethy in 1978 and his parents, Milton and Sophia Weisickle McWethy. Survivors include daughters, Kathy (Marty) Black and Connie (John) Culp all of Petersburg and Peggy (David) Barnett of Louisville; 9 grandchildren, Andrea House, Christopher Black, Monica Orchelle, J.T., Ali and Madi Culp, Shelby, Sydney and Sophie Barnett; 8 great grandchildren and his special companion, Little Lady. Visitation 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon Saturday at MIDDENDORF-BULLOCK FUNERAL HOME, HEBRON. Funeral services to immediately follow at 12:00 Noon. Interment will be in Petersburg Cemetery, Petersburg. Memorials are suggested to: Petersburg Volunteer Fire Dept., 3018 Second Street, Petersburg, KY 41080. Online guestbook at www.middendorfbullock.com.

In Memory of Stanley G. Bonta

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It is with sorrow that we announce the death of our esteemed Brother and Retired Colonel Stanley G. Bonta. Brother Bonta entered the Celestial Lodge Above on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. He was a member of our Lodge for over 60 years. He was born on August 25, 1935; Initiated as an Entered Apprentice on August 31, 1956; Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on October 5, 1956; and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on November 10, 1956.

Visitation will be at Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home (next to Hebron Lodge) tomorrow morning Saturday, December 31 from 10am until 12pm. This is visitation only. The family did not request a Masonic Burial. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Please see Brother Bonta’s full obituary below.


Ret. Colonel Stanley G. Bonta, 81, of Florence passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood.

Stan had a distinguished career in the United States Army and proudly served his country in two tours of combat in Vietnam. Throughout his career, he earned numerous medals of valor including the Legion of Merit with one OLC, the Bronze Star Medal with three OLC, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with a Silver Star and numerous other awards and commendations.

He began his career as a graduate ROTC student from Eastern Kentucky University. Stan was also a graduate of the Naval War College and the Army War College. He commanded the 2/503rd in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, was the Commander, Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia and the  Brigade Commander, Old Guard, 3rd Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) Commander at Fort Myer, Virginia.

Following his distinguished military career, Stan worked for JTM Food Group, Harrison, Ohio for 15 years. He was instrumental in creating their Military Food Service Division which proudly serves our military troops today.

Stan was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Elvin E. Helms Masonic Lodge # 926, Petersburg and he was a 60 year member of the Mason Lodge.

Survivors include his sons, Steve (Bridget) Bonta of Carmel, IN, Scott (Kathryn) Bonta of Florence and Stan (Colleen) Bonta of Woodbridge, Virginia; sister, Frances Justice of Florence; nephew, Stan Justice of Union; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Visitation is Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home, Hebron. Services, with full military honors, are being scheduled for Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia for the Spring of 2017.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

2016 Widow’s and Awards Dinner

Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 celebrated its 2016 Widow’s and Awards Day Dinner on Saturday, August 13, at the Petersburg Community Center. Members and guests enjoyed barbecue chicken provided by the Lodge and prepared by Holly Kemble. An array of sides and desserts were provided by other members of the Lodge.

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We had a great turnout for this year’s festivities. Some of the group are pictured above.

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Our featured chef, Mrs. Holly Kemble.

Four of our widows were able to join us for the event:

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Ms. Marilyn Peters.

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Ms. Debbie Wood with Worshipful Brother Travis Bush.

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Ms. Patricia Hogan.

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Ms. Wanda Walston.

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Worshipful Brother Travis Bush was presented with a plaque commemorating his service as two-time Master of our Lodge.

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Last but not least, Worshipful Brother Adam Gross won the split-the-pot. He donated his winnings to the Kelley Elementary Christmas Fund.

Brother Brent Thompson’s Family Fund

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On Thursday July 7, 2016; DART Police Officer and Brother Mason Brent Thompson was killed in the line of duty during the Dallas, Texas police ambush. Brent leaves behind a wife, several children and numerous family members. These donations will support the family in this tragic event.  R.I.P. our brother in BLUE.

Brother Thompson was a member of Corsicana Lodge No. 174 in Corsicana, Texas.

Click HERE to visit the “Go Fund Me” page setup to provide financial support for his family during this time.

UPDATE: On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 the fundraising goal was reached.

In Memory of Robert A. Fobbe

IN MEMORIAM

 ROBERT ANDREW FOBBE

Born:   December 26, 1926
Initiated:  February 11, 1960
Passed:  March 10, 1960
Raised:  April 23, 1960
Died:  December 10, 2015

It is with great sorrow that our Lodge reports the death of our distinguished Brother and Past Master, Robert A. Fobbe.

Bro. Bob was initiated, passed and raised at Florence Lodge No. 949.  He served as Master of Florence Lodge and later served for many years as chaplain of the Lodge.  In honor of Bob’s long and honorable service, Florence Lodge designated their building the Robert A. Fobbe Masonic Temple.

In 1977 Bro. Bob served as District Deputy Grand Master for then District 27 under Most Worshipful Grand Master John E. Moyers.

Bro. Bob became a dual member of Petersburg (now Elvin E. Helms) Lodge No. 926 on December 9, 1980.  He served as Master of our Lodge in 1990.  As with Florence Lodge, Bro. Bob also served our Lodge as chaplain for many years.

Bro. Bob was also a member of William O. Ware Lodge of Research No. 999, having affiliated on September 12, 1991.

Bro. Bob was a member of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Covington, where he held the 32° KCCH.  He was a member and Past Worthy Patron of Florence Star Chapter No. 559 of the Order of the Eastern Star.  He was also a member and Past Royal Patron of Queen Esther Court No. 21, Order of the Amaranth.  Bob subsequently served as Grand Royal Patron of the Order of the Amaranth in Kentucky.  Bro. Bob was also a member of Kishmee Grotto of the Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm.

Bob served his country as a member of the U. S. Air Force and retired after many years of service at General Motors.

Bro. Robert A. Fobbe was a Mason by nature as well as in name.  His influence and example will live long after him.  He will greatly missed by all who knew him.  Farewell, Brother, Farewell.

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.


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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: alexanriafh.com