Past Grand Masters

GPowell_GM_2006

Gregory C. Powell
Most Worshipful Grand Master
Grand Lodge of Kentucky
2006 – 2007

Most Worshipful Brother Greg was born on March 16, 1965 in Spring Grove (Richmond) Indiana.  He is the son of Clinton Edward Powell and Sandra Kay (Williams) Powell.  He has one sister, Krista Hesler from Jasper, Indiana.  Brother Powell met his wife Nancy Anne Lyons in view of the Washington Memorial in Alexandria Virginia.  Brother Powell and his Lady Nancy chose to raise their two children, Caitlyn Rose and Garrett Gregory in the Northern Kentucky Region.

Brother Powell has been a pilot for 28 years, having started flying at the age of 14, and is currently serving as a Captain for Delta Air Lines where he has been employed since 1991.

Brother Powell is a third generation Kentucky Freemason.  Brother Powell’s 3rd Great Grandfather, Berry Henderson Powell was raised in Indian Creek Lodge No. 614 in Clover Bottom, Kentucky in Jackson County.  Brother Powell’s father, Clinton Edward Powell was raised in Webb Lodge, in Richmond, Indiana.  Brother Powell began his Masonic journey by being initiated, passed, and raised in Florence Lodge No. 949 in Florence, Kentucky in 1993.  He is actively and member of Petersburg Lodge No. 926, Ft. Thomas Lodge No. 808, Good Faith Lodge No. 95, and William O Ware Lodge of Research.  Brother Powell served as Master of Petersburg Lodge No. 926 for the years of 1996 and 2000.  Brother Powell is also the past presiding officer of Temple Chapter No. 172, Jeffries Council No. 33, and Newport Commandery No. 13.  He is also a member of Louisville-DeMolay Commandery No. 12 and Ft. Thomas Chapter No. 172.  He was the recipient of the Knight York Cross of Honor (KYCH) in 2002.  He is also a member of Magoffin Chapter No. 562 of the Eastern Star as well as a member of the Louisville and Covington Scottish Rite Bodies.

SYMBOLIC MASONRY
Florence Lodge No. 949, initiated May 5, 1993, passed June 10, 1993, and raised August 14, 1993.
Petersburg Lodge No. 926, Master 1996 and 2000.
Ft. Thomas Lodge No. 808 Life Member.
Good Faith Lodge No. 95
William O Ware Lodge of Research, Master 1996.
District Deputy Grand Master 1998-1999
Committee on Publicity 2000-2001
Grand Junior Deacon 2001-2002
Grand Junior Warden 2003-2004
Grand Senior Warden 2004-2005
Deputy Grand Master 2005-2006
Grand Master 2006-2007

SCOTTISH RITE MASONRY
Indra Consistory A.A.S.R. May 21, 1994
Louisville Consistory A.A.S.R.
Royal Order of Scottland, May 25, 2002

SHRINE MASONRY
Syrian Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S.  June 14, 1997
Kosair Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S.

YORK RITE MASONRY
Knight York Cross of Honor (KYCH) October 29, 2002

CHAPTER
Temple Chapter No. 172, High Priest 2000-2001
Ft. Thomas Chapter No. 177 High Priest 2007-2008

COUNCIL
Jeffries Council No. 33, Illustrious Master 2000-2001
Grand Steward 2001-2002 and 2002-2003

COMMANDERY
Newport Commandery No. 13, Commander 2000-2001
Louisville-DeMolay Commandery No. 12

EASTERN STAR
Magoffin Chapter No. 562


LCHarper_GM_1995

 L. C. Harper
Most Worshipful Grand Master

Grand Lodge of Kentucky
1995 – 1996

The Most Worshipful Grand Master has given me a most difficult task. It is my duty to present this Biographical Sketch so that all the brethren may know, and appreciate, his respect, love, and esteem for our great Fraternity; to offer an account of his many Masonic accomplishments and to share some information of a personal nature so that all may come to know the “man” as well as the “Mason.” All must be done in just a few short paragraphs. Hardly fitting for a Brother who has devoted forty years  of his life to Freemasonry.

Grand Master Brother L. C. Harper was born June 18, 1926, in the small mining community of Glomawr, Kentucky; the second oldest of the nine children of Clayton Harper and Jewell Elam. He was educated in the Perry County Public School system. He is a veteran of the United States Navy.

Brother Harper has four children: Toni D. Weiser, Connie R. Harper, Robin C. Oscherwitz, and Lana G. Harper. He is married to Dean Thompson Harper, and is a member of the Salem Creek Baptist Church at Walton. He is a retired Department Supervisor of the General Motors Assembly Plant at Norwood, OH, where he worked from 1953 to 1983.

MASONIC RECORD

Brother Harper was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Verona Lodge No. 876 in 1956. He was elected to serve as Master in 1987, and served as Secretary on three different occasions. He is also a dual member of Petersburg Lodge No. 926. In 1992 he was very instrumental in bringing a group of officers and members of Nitshill Lodge No. 1478, Glasgow, Scotland, to the Commonwealth. They visited the two Masonic Homes, attended a District Meeting, and exemplified some “Mock Degrees” for our benefit and pleasure. His record reads as follows:

  • Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 1994-1995
  • Grand Senior Warden, Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 1993-1994
  • Grand Junior Warden, Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 1992-1993
  • District Deputy Grand Master, District No. 27, 1989-1990
  • Life Member, Northern Kentucky Past Masters
  • Member, Past Grand Masters Association, Tennessee
  • Appointed to the Board of Directors, George Washington National Memorial
  • Honorary Member, Grand Lodge of Tennessee
  • Honorary Member, Grand Lodge of Alabama
  • Other Honorary Memberships: Jerusalem No. 9, St. Andrews No. 18, Bradfordsville No. 136, McKee No. 144, Apperson No. 195, Zebulon No. 273, Boone-Union No. 304, Wilmington No. 362, Flatgap No. 616, Berea No. 617, Breathitt No. 649, Hazard No. 676, Grahamville No. 707, Walton No. 719, Fields No. 832, Dry Ridge No. 849, Boaz No. 850, Lonesome Pine No. 884, Wheelwright No. 889, Sunset No. 915, John W. Hall No. 950, Fairdale No. 942, Pekin No. 29, Illinois; Washington Meredith No. 355.
  • Scottish Rite: Indra Consistory, Valley of Covington, where he received the Rank and Dignity of Knight Commander Court of Honour.
  • York Rite: Royal Arch Mason, Temple Chapter No. 172; Royal and Select Master, Jefferies Chapter No. 33; Commandery Knights Templar, Newport No. 13.
  • Shrine: Kosair Temple, Louisville.

For many being elected to serve as a Grand Lodge Officer is a dream come true. When Brother L. C. Harper was elected Grand Junior Warden at the One-Hundred-Ninety-Third Annual Communication on October 20, 1992, the dream was just beginning.

His motives for serving Masonry, and his interests in “continuing the tradition” of Our Homes, are somewhat unique. His only sister, and four younger brothers, grew up at the Masonic Widows and Orphans’ Home. By serving the Grand Lodge of Kentucky he is giving something back.

His Awareness Program, which focuses on finances, leadership, and accountability, has been well received. The Friend to Friend Program is deemed a success. His support of Masonic Youth Programs are well documented. Many of his goals have been accomplished. Along the way some were altered and improved. Some are now in the hands of those who will follow. And a few were, simply, unattainable.

But the dream lives on.

In a few short hours his successor will have been duly elected and installed. His particular duties and responsibilities to the Craft of this Grand Jurisdiction as our highest elected officer will come to an end. He will join a very select and prestigious group of men and Masons, as history will record the name of Brother L. C. Harper among the one-hundred-eighty-six others who have served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky.

However, as a Past Grand Master, he will inherit many new and even more demanding duties and responsibilities. And they are not to be taken lightly. For if we, the Masons of Kentucky, look to our Elected Officers for leadership and enlightenment, then most assuredly do our Elected Officers look to the Past Grand Masters for guidance and support, advice and direction. Brother Harper will welcome, and readily accept, these new challenges with an open mind; with the best interest of the Fraternity in his heart; with true Masonic spirit; and with the desire to “make it happen.”

The voluntary sacrifices we make in the name, and on behalf, of Freemasonry, often pale in comparison to those we ask of our families and loved ones. With this thought in mind we have the utmost appreciation and admiration for his lovely wife Dean, who has been with him at every step, at every turn, offering support and encouragement.

Brother L. C. Harper has served this Grand Masonic Jurisdiction with dignity, with grace and with pride. He has given us cause to reflect on the positive and noble reasons we became Free and Accepted Masons.

I would like to publicly and personally thank him for his firm commitments to Masonry. Most of all I thank him for giving me the opportunity to put these thoughts in writing, and for allowing me to share them with you here today.

Brother L. C., I am very proud to number you among my “Friends” and “Brothers.” And I am truly honored to be numbered among yours.

God bless you.

God bless us all.

May brotherly love prevail.

Respectfully submitted,
LARRY O. HURLEY, Chairman
Biography Committee

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