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MWPGM William G. Hinton

Past Grand Master - Grand Lodge of Kentucky

Past Grand Commander of Kentucky Knights Templar

Past Grand High Priest of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Kentucky

Past Grand Secretary and Past Recorder of all three Grand York Rite Bodies

 

Born: August 31, 1947 - Died: May 09, 2014

 

Visitation: 4-7 p.m., EDT, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, 200 E. Gray St., Louisville, KY 40202 and 11 a.m. - 12 noon, CDT, Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Hopkinsville Masonic Lodge No. 37, 103 Academy Dr., Hopkinsville, KY 42240

 
Funeral Service: Graveside services at 1 p.m., CDT, Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Glenwood Cemetery in Elkton, KY
 
Interment: Glenwood Cemetery, Elkton, KY
 

William G. Hinton, 66, Shelbyville and formerly of Hopkinsville, died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in early April. Sadly, his body was discovered on Friday, May 9, 2014.

A native of Hopkinsville, he was the son of the late Bro. Lawrence Hinton and Nellie Mae Hollingsworth Hinton. Educated in the Hopkinsville public school system, he graduated from Hopkinsville High School with honors in 1965. He received the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, TN in 1969 and the Master of Arts in Education from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN in 1972. He completed additional graduate work at Austin Peay State University, the University of Kentucky and Murray State University.

He served as a teacher and choral director at the Hopkinsville High School and Koffman Junior High School from 1969-71. He was the Director of Music and Education at First United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville 1972-75. In 1975, he joined the staff of the University of Kentucky, Hopkinsville Community College and served as Coordinator of Continuing Education prior to his position as Dean of Student Affairs/Registrar beginning in 1977-91.

Bro. Hinton served the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Free and Accepted Masons as Grand Master 1991-92. He was also the Grand Commander of Kentucky Knights Templar, the Grand Master of Masons, Grand Lodge of Kentucky and Grand High Priest of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Kentucky. Additionally, he was the Past Grand Secretary and Past Recorder of these three York Rite Bodies. He later served as Director of Education for the Center for Education and Leadership for the Masonic Fraternity. Bro. Hinton has served in numerous other capacities during his many years of Masonic affiliation.

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Hopkinsville and served as Choirmaster in 1970-72 and 1975-77. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville for 16 years, serving the club as a Board Member in 1976-77. In 1981, the Hopkinsville Jaycees named him "Outstanding Young Educator." He was commissioned a "Kentucky Colonel" in 1967 and again in 2005.

He currently holds membership at Hopkinsville Lodge No. 37, F. & A.M. in Hopkinsville and is a plural member at Solomon's Lodge No. 5, F. & A.M. in Shelbyville.

Survivors include two uncles, James Hinton in Augusta, GA and Harold Hinton in Russellville; one niece, Sherry Hinton in Russellville and one second cousin, Carroll Johnson in Hopkinsville.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m., CDT, Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Glenwood Cemetery in Elkton, KY. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., EDT, Tuesday at Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, 200 E. Gray St. in Louisville with Masonic Services at 7 p.m., EDT. Visitation will also be 11 a.m. to 12 noon, CDT, Wednesday at the Hopkinsville Lodge No. 37 at 103 Academy Dr. in Hopkinsville. The procession will pass spots of historical significance to his life en route to the graveside services.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy should be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Webb Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at and additional biographical information concerning his Masonic life is available at www.webbfuneralhome.com.

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Donald “Donnie” Elliott - Grand Marshal & 8th Arch Deputy - 07/04/1964-10/21/2012

   

Donald “Donnie” Elliott, 45, of Corbin, Grand Marshal and 8th Arch Deputy in the Kentucky York Rite, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Baptist Regional Medical Center. He was the husband of Kelly McHargue Elliott.

He was a member of Hugh Harris Lodge #938, Corbin Chapter #166, Corbin Council #87 and Williamsburg #50. Arrangements are as follows: Visitation from Brother Elliot will be Tuesday from 6pm-9pm EST at the Central Baptist Church - 201 West 4th Street, Corbin, KY.

 

Masonic Services will be Tuesday night at 7:00 pm EST at the Central Baptist Church - 201 West 4th Street, Corbin, KY. Funeral Service will be on Wednesday at 1:00pm EST at the Central Baptist Church - 201 West 4th Street, Corbin, KY.

 
J. W. Ragland - 01/07/1941 - 10/16/2012

J. W. Ragland, 71, of Adolphus, died at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

The Scottsville native was a retired mechanic for TVA, Vietnam Air Force veteran, member of White Plains Baptist Church, member and past master of Graham Lodge #208 F & AM, council deputy for Grand Council of Royal Arch Masons, past high priest of Royal Arch Masons Scottsville Chapter #171, Scottsville Council #105, president of Allen County Scottish Rite Club, 32 degree Scottish Rite Valley of Louisville, member of KYCH and Knights Templar Masons, member and past master of Loving Lodge #323 F & AM, honorary member of Halfway Lodge #852 F & AM, member of Gram Chapter #80, member and past illustrious master of E.K. Lamb Council #103 and Franklin Commandery #44. He was the son of the late James Murl Ragland and Mildred Beatrice Boyd Ragland.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Dobbs Ragland of Adolphus; a son, Jason Ragland and his wife, Pam, of Adolphus; a sister, Jo Hazel and her husband, Paul, of Alvaton; a granddaughter, Kaylee Ragland of Adolphus; a niece, Megan Hazel Cardwell and her husband, Andrew, of Bowling Green; and a brother-in-law, Joe

 
 

Dobbs and his wife, Nancy, of Scottsville. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kim Ragland. Funeral services for J. W. Ragland will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Goad Funeral Home with Bro. Phil Rogers officiating and burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery with military honors by Glasgow DAV Chapter 20. Graham Lodge #208 F & AM will hold Masonic rites at 7 p.m. Friday at Goad Funeral Home. All master masons wishing to participate should meet at the lodge at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today; from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and after 7 a.m. Saturday until funeral time at Goad Funeral Home. http://www.goadfh.com

 

James Thomas Banton, PM, PMIGM, PP - January 18, 2012

James Thomas Banton, 62, of Bowling Green, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at Hospice of Southern Kentucky.

Tommy was the son of the late Gwendolyn Pryor Banton Hogan and Hugh Gilbert Banton, and was preceded in death by a son, Matthew Buttrum. Retired from General Motors, he was a member of Simpson Benevolent Masonic Lodge No. 177, where he was past master, Rizpah Shrine Temple, Ruth Electa No. 17, York Rite Knight Cross of Honor, other Masonic Degrees and was a member of Southside Baptist Church. He was a past Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Kentucky.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Landers Banton of Bowling Green; four daughters, Gwendolyn Banton of Bowling Green, Allyson Shoup of Colorado Springs, Colo., Rebecca Banton of Washington, D.C., and Rust Fondren of Lexington;

a sister, Lt. Col Linda Hogan of Alexandria, Va.; a brother, Steve Hogan of Bowling Green; two sons-in-law, Staff Sgt. Doug Shoup of Colorado Springs and David Fondren of Lexington; seven grandchildren, John Tyler Pickett, Meaghan Shoup, McKenzie Bell, Rylee Shoup, LaShawn Johnson, Davonda Fondren and Unique Westerfield; three great-grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge of Franklin at 724 Blackjack Road. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. J.C. Kirby & Son Broadway Chapel is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in his memory to Hospice of Southern Kentucky, 270-746-9300.

 

John F. Kirby, PHP, PCKT, PGCKT, KYCH, GGS, 33° - 11/05/1926 - 10/26/2011

Master Mason in Franklin Lodge No. 28, Past High Priest and as Illustrious Master in Chapter No. 4, RAM. Past Commander of Ryan Commandery No.17. Llife sponsor in the Knight Templar Eye Foundation. He was also a 33rd degree Mason in the Covington Scottish Rite. Grand Commander of Knight Templar of KY 1995-1996, and was an honorary member of 6 “Out of State” Commandries. A Member of Oleika Shrine Temple, and is a Charter Member of the Ritual Team. He also served on the Appointed Divan as Shrine Club Coordinator and served as an Aide to the Potentate. He was a member of the Wilderness Shrine Club and was a Past President. He was social chairman for many

years to the Following: Holy Order of High Priesthood, Daniel Boone Chapter No. 512, National Sojourners, KYCH, and Blue Grass York Rite College No. 104. He was a member of the Centurion Tabernacle LXXVI, Saint Barnabas conclave Red Cross of Constantine and Order of Purple Cross. He served as General Grand Secretary of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International.

John F. Kirby, age 84, of Danville, KY, passed on to eternal life, October 26, 2011, at his home with family and friends present. He was born November 5, 1926, in Fayette County, KY, to Sparks and Jessie Edna Cassity Kirby. He graduated from Lafayette high School. He was a WWII veteran. After his military service was completed, he received his B.A. degree in Mathematics and Geology from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. His graduate work was done at the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky Universities in Administrative education. Mr. Kirby is survived by his devoted wife 58 years, Marianne Auxier Kirby of and two very “special” devoted nieces, Diana Kirby Hardy (Alec) of Nicholasville, KY and Roberta Auxier-Adams of Science Hill, KY. He also has several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

John was an active member for 48 years of the Danville First Christian Church; Disciples of Christ, where he served as a deacon and past member of the Administrative board. Mr. J Kirby began his career in teaching as a science, math and history teacher at Lancaster High School, , followed by Junction City High School 1955-1963, to Boyle County High School, where he remained until his retirement in 1984. He was an avid high school sports fan and enjoyed supporting the activities of Boyle County’s young people. He controlled the gate receipts at all of the athletic events from 1963-1984.

He enjoyed teaching, viewing it as an opportunity to help so many people in his community prosper in their daily life. Throughout his 35 years of teaching, he not only served the public, but made life long friendships with his students. Many have said that he made math fun and presented the material in simple ways that they could relate to, and yet were a challenge to learn. John received the KY State Teacher Award in 1966, nominated by his students.

John was a Master Mason in Franklin Lodge No. 28, June 5, 1958. and served Chapter No. 4 as high priest and as illustrious master in 1971. He created a knight templar in Ryan Commandery No.17, April 27, 1961. He served this commandry as commander in 1973, and was life sponsor in the Knight Templar Eye Foundation. He was also a 33 degree Covington Scottish Rite of Free Masonry.

He served as Grand Commander of Knight Templar of KY 1995-1996, was an honorary member of 6 “Out of State” Commandries. He initiated into the shrine in Oleika Temple, Lexington, KY in 1961, and is a charter member of the Ritual Team. He also served on the appointed divan as Shrine Club Coordinator in 1968-1969 and served as an aide to the potentate in 1970, 1971, and 1972. He was a member of the Wilderness Shrine Club and served as President in 1967. He was social chairman for many years, Holy Order of High Priesthood, Daniel Boone Chapter No. 512, National Sojourners, KYCH, and Blue Grass York Rite College No. 104. He was a member of the Centurion Tabernacle LXXVI, Saint Barnabas conclave Red Cross of Constantive and Order of Purple Cross. He served as General Grand Secretary of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International and Manager of Education Business for 12 years. He was also a Kentucky Colonel.

He was preceded in death by parents as well as his one sister and one brother. John was a kind and loving man who will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

A viewing will be held after 4 pm on Friday at Stith Funeral Home on Broadway Street in Daville, Kentucky. A Masonic service will be at 7 pm Friday at Stith Funeral Home. Services will be held on Saturday at First Christian Church. Services will be conducted by Rev. Kristi Stuckel. Interment will be at Bellevue Cemetery in Danville, KY. Memorial donations are suggested to Heritage Hospice or charity of one’s choice.

 

Donold David Rhodes, PM, PDDGM, PDDGHP - 01/03/1954 - 04/26/2011

Past Master - Williamsburg Lodge 490 in 1988, Past District Deputy Grand Master 1992 & 1993, Past High Priest of Corbin Chapter 166 and KEN TENN Chapter 148 (three times each) Past Illustrious Master of both Cumberland Council 77 and Corbin Council 87 (several times each), Past Emininent Commander of Williamsburg Commandery 50. Served for several years as the Secretary, Recorder and Treasurer for both of the York Rite Bodies in Corbin. He was also a District Deputy Grand High Priest several times.

Donold David Rhodes, 57, of Corbin passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his home in Corbin. He was preceded in death by his father, Herman H. Rhodes, and a brother, Herman H. Rhodes Jr. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Rhodes of Corbin; daughter, Erica M. Rhodes of Louisville; mother, Roberta Croley Rhodes of Corbin; brother, Larry Rhodes of Shelbyville; 10 sisters, Arlene Ball and husband Jim of Corbin, Barbara Ferguson and husband Scotty of Milford, Ohio, Brenda Keith and husband Shirrel of Louisville, Janrose Hurt and husband Kenny of Lancaster, Anna Tennerino and husband Tony of Richmond, Jessie Morgan and husband Gary of Amelia, Ohio, Vicky Wallbaun and husband Don of Alexandria, Debbie Hook and husband Harry of Charlotte, N.C., Sherrill Bentley and husband Luke of Vanceburg, Charlotte McCoy and husband Myron of Corbin; sister-in-law, Mary Rhodes of Bethel, Ohio; and several other brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends who mourn his passing. The funeral service is Friday, April 29, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant View Baptist Church with Bro. Michael Floyd officiating. He will lie in state at the church from noon until 2 p.m. Friday. Interment will be at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Moses Addition. Visitation is after 5 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Ellison Funeral Home chapel. Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. today at Ellison Funeral Home. The Mason Lodge will open at 6 p.m. today. Donations may be made to the Pleasant View Baptist Church. Ellison Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Sir Knight Robert Jerome Thomas, M.D., P.M. - REPGC, KCT - 08/26/1951 - 06/18/2010 

Dr. Robert Jerome Thomas, 58, of Ashland, Kentucky, son of Louella Ward Thomas of Morehead, Kentucky, and the late John Carl Thomas, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 18, 2010, in Alpena, Michigan.  Other survivors include four siblings--Les Thomas of Spruce, Michigan, Charlotte Earhart of Winchester, John Thomas of Mt. Sterling, and Claudette Thomas of Morehead.  Funeral arrangements are pending at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead.  Private viewing and visitation for the family only on Tuesday evening 06/22/2010, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals, KY 32, Morehead (less than a mile from the Morehead exit off I-64 going toward Morehead, on the left on the hill).  Public viewing at the funeral home on Wednesday 06/22/2010, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Scottish Rite service at 7:30 p.m. by the Ashland Scottish Rite funeral team with the Knights Templar Commandery service immediately following, conducted by Morehead Commandery No. 53.  Funeral services on Thursday 06/23/2010, at 10:30 a.m. at Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals. Burial in Hamilton Cemetery on KY 32 (Christy Creek Road, east of Morehead), with Masonic Rites at graveside by Morehead Lodge No. 654, F. & A. M.  Visiting Blue Lodge and Scottish Rite Brethren and Sir Knights who wish to participate in the various fraternal tributes are welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

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