IN MEMORIAM

Past Master and Brother William “Bill” O. Giddens was born in Clarksville, Texas on December 4, 1925. Brother Giddens was initiated into Freemasonry on May 13th 1960.  He passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on April 17th, 1961.  On May 26th, 1961 Bill was made a Master Mason.  Bill is our most celebrated instructor of Masonic teachings in recent history.  He served as an Officer of the Lodge from 1962 to 1969 when he became Worshipful Master of Irving Masonic Lodge.  Then again in 1976 when he served as Chaplain of the Lodge.
Bill was made a Life Member by the Lodge in 1982.  In 1999 Irving Masonic Lodge elected Brother Giddens to receive our highest honor, the Golden Trowel Award.  In 2010 Past Master Bill Giddens was recognized by the Grand Lodge of Texas with the 50 Year Masonic Service Award.  Both Bill and Ruby made significant contributions as long-time members and Officers of the Eastern Star.  A memorial honoring Brother Giddens is planned for August 16th at 2:00 PM at Irving Masonic Lodge.  Friends are invited to bring a covered dish.

Brother Wendell D. Jones was born in Bardwell, Texas on February 27, 1920.  Brother Jones petitioned Irving Lodge for the Degrees in Freemasonry and on June 12, 1959 he was Initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason.  On April 22, 1960 he passed to the degree of Fellowcraft Mason.  On March 31, 1961 Irving Lodge opened in order to confer three Master Mason Degrees; Brother Jones and two others were made Master Masons in separate ceremonies.  On October 16th, 2010 Brother Wendell D. Jones was recognized by the Grand Lodge of Texas with the 50 Year Masonic Service Award.

Brother Charles F. Turrentine was born in Hale County, Texas on May 4th, 1927.  We only recently learned of Brother Turrentine’s passing on November 10th, 2013.  Brother Turrentine petitioned Irving Masonic Lodge for the three Degrees and was initiated on October 17th, 1952.  He passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on December 19th, 1952.  Quickly demonstrating his proficiency as a Fellowcraft Mason Brother Turrentine was made a Master Mason in due and ancient form on January 26th, 1953.  Brother Charles F. Turrentine was recognized by the Grand Lodge of Texas in 2002 with the 50 Year Masonic Service Award, and again in 2012 with the 60 Year Masonic Service Award.

We dedicate this bulletin to the memory of Bill Giddens, Wendell Jones, and Charles Turrentine.  Our prayers are for peace and consolation for their families.