24 November 2011

Mt. Nebo #91 Brother David L. Wilson, 66, of Shepherdstown, W.Va.,  passed away at his home in the presence of his family on Nov. 24, 2011.

Born July 22, 1945, in Clarksburg, W.Va., he was the son of Harold B. Wilson and Georgia Butcher Wilson, both deceased. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rebecca A. Wilson; two children, Laura Beth Wilson of Shepherdstown and Amy Wilson Hardy and husband, Travis, currently of Knoxville, Tenn., and one grandson, Ian Bradford Hardy. He is also survived by his brother, Harold B. Wilson Jr. and wife, Ann, of Johnstown, Pa.; two nieces, Nancy and Susan; his Aunt Ruth Hardesty and cousin, Jane Hardesty Johnson, her husband, Roger, and their daughter, Sarah of New Bern, N.C.

Mr. Wilson was committed to excellence in music education. His was heavily influenced by his band director and mentor, Mr. Jack Basil, and graduated from Elkins High School in 1963. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Shepherd College in 1967. He was president of Sigma Chi Chapter of Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity and received a master’s degree in speech communication from West Virginia University in 1979. From 1967 through 1972, he taught music and was director of bands at Charles Town Junior High School. He served as a teacher of instrumental music and director of bands at Jefferson High School from 1972 until 1998. During that time, he received numerous awards and recognitions. These included being selected for membership into Phi Beta MU bandmasters fraternity, being twice named Bandmaster of the Year by the West Virginia Bandmasters Association, serving for four years as the chairman of the West Virginia All-State Band, and receiving the state music educator’s award for Section Two from the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association. In 1998, he was recognized as the producer of West Virginia’s top-rated jazz ensemble. He was also recognized by the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note, the U.S. Army Blues and the U.S. Navy Commodores for his support and dedication to jazz education. He was a member of the International Association of Jazz Education and the Music Educators National Conference.

01 November 2011

Mt. Nebo #91 Brother James Joseph Davis (Brother Joe) was  born on June 16, 1919 and on November 1, 2011 passed away peacefully near Laurel, Maryland, surrounded by his loving family.  Brother “Joe” graduated High School 1937 and joined the U.S. Army Infantry Corps in 1940.  After Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, he became a pilot in the Army Air Corps and flew 59 Missions in a B-25 Mitchell Twin Engine Twin Tail Bomber.  He claimed to have been raised a Master Mason in 1942 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, but he could not find those records.  The official records of Marathon Lodge revealed:  Brother Joe was initiated an Entered Apprentice:  6/10/1949, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on 5/6/1957 and raised as a Master Mason on 6/17/1957.  He and his wife moved to Shepherdstown in September 2000 and she pre-deceased him.  

On July 2, 2007, as a Masonic favor, to the Marathon Florida Lodge, Mt. Nebo Lodge #91 presented Brother Joe his 50 year pin.  Brother Joe then joined Mt Nebo Lodge #91 in August 2008 through a Demit from the Marathon, Florida Lodge.  Joe was very independent and lived in Shepherdstown by himself until June 2011 when after several falls and injuries was hospitalized and finally moved to a care center near his daughter in Laurel, Maryland where he passed away.  

There was no request for a Masonic funeral, but his daughter told the Worshipful Master his urn will be affixed with a Masonic emblem. 

29 May 2010

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Brother Clarence F. Myer of Mt Nebo Lodge #91, on Saturday, 29 May 2010.  His Masonic Funeral service (at the request of the family) was held thru Brown’s Funeral Home, West King Street, Martinsburg, WV on Friday, 4 June 2010 at 11:00 am.   Burial services were held at the Hedges Chapel Cemetery, which is near The Woods Resort.  Masonic Services were conducted at the grave site, with Brother Earl Simpson, P.M. of Robert White Lodge.  Military honors were presented, followed by those of the attending minister.   

Clarence was born in Baltimore in 1922, served his country in the US Navy, raised a Master Mason in Maryland on 21 April 1961, and demitted to Mt. Nebo Lodge #91 on 17 September 1993.  As you can see, Brother Myer was just short of 50 years in Masonry.  He was involved in the appended bodies including the Shriners, Jesters, Scottish Rite, and others.  His life represented the life of a Mason.  Masonic graveside services were conducted by brothers of this and other lodges.

18 April 2010

Brother Samuel R. Berry passed away on April 18, 2010 in Indian River, FL.  The Florida Grand Lodge reported his death.  Brother Berry was born in Wheeling, WV on March 24, 1928.  He was raised to E.A. on August 16, 1952, Fellowcraft on October 22, 1952 and raised a Master Mason on November 19, 1952 in the Mt. Nebo #91 Lodge, Shepherdstown, WV.  His occupation was listed as a commercial salesman, Goodrich Tire & Rubber Company.

Edward Calhoun, PM


MT NEBO Lodge #91