The Masons of Washington Lodge No. 78 honored 97-year-old Luther Edward Brown of Woodville on Monday night, presenting him with a 50-year pin, a permanent membership card and a certificate in recognition of his 50 years of continuous service in Freemasonry.
Following a dinner meeting in the fellowship hall of Washington Baptist Church, Third District Deputy Grand Master Raymond “Mickey” Moats presented Ed Brown with the award. Attending were members of Brown’s family, and members and families of Washington Lodge and other Masonic lodges in the area.
Brown, who lives on Sperryville Pike, joined the Masons on May 25, 1961, and was made a Master Mason in June of 1962. He said he was pleased and honored to receive the recognition of his long-standing membership.
Dinner was prepared by Ken McGhee of Sperryville, who will be initiated into the Masonic fraternity during Washington Lodge’s next meeting June 9, and his wife, Cindy, and nephew, Jerome Meehan, a member of Unity Lodge in Front Royal.
Washington Lodge is one of six lodges in the Third Masonic District, and received its charter in 1841. It has a long-standing relationship with the Washington Baptist Church, and meets on the second Monday evening of each month in the church above the worship hall.