A Mason

A Mason is a man who
professes a faith in God.  
As a man of faith, he uses
the tools of moral and
ethical truths to serve
mankind.

A Mason binds himself to
like minded men in a
brotherhood that
transcends all religious,
ethnic, social, cultural and
educational differences.

In fellowship with his
Brothers, a Mason finds
ways in which to serve his
God, his family, his fellow
man and his country.

A Mason is dedicated. He
recognizes his
responsibility for justice,
truth, liberty, honesty and
integrity in all aspects of
human endeavor.

A Mason is all of this and
more.


What Are Masons?

A group (fraternity) of men
who enjoy sharing the
virtues of honesty,
morality, integrity and
tolerance

What Do Masons Do?

Masons contribute, not
necessarily monetarily,
but by living their lives in
such a manner that the
world is better because of
they live in it.
The remains of a Caucasian male were uncovered in El Paso, Texas on June 12, 1998 during a road work project. The skeleton was
contained in a wooded coffin which was almost completely decomposed. Texas Department Of Transportation archaeologists and the
Medical Examiners Office in El Paso was immediately contacted. They determined that the skeleton remains were at least 100 years old and
contacted the Anthropology Research Center at the University of Texas El Paso.  After archaeological research, it is suggested that the  
grave was part of a cemetery that had been relocated to this site in 1868 and later relocated to the existing Concordia Cemetery in El Paso.
This grave was apparently missed in the later move. The original cemetery was a Masonic Cemetery located next to a Masonic Lodge.
Therefore, it is presumed that the remains were of a member of the Masonic Fraternity.
Masonic Memorial Services were held
on August 29, 2001 at 10:30 AM at the
Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Services
were conducted by Dan Gilbert of
Haltom City / Riverside Lodge located
in Haltom City, with assistance from
Clair Billington and Max Billington of
Keller Lodge in Keller, Paul Mason of
Richland Hills Lodge in Richland Hills,
and Bob Franklin of Cooke-Peavy
Lodge in Ft. Worth, and Johnny Cozart
of Southside Lodge in Ft. Worth.

The Pall Bearers were Richard Davies
of Richardson Lodge in Richardson,
Brian Bass of Handley Lodge in Ft.
Worth, D. Randall Lockhart of Hurst
Lodge in Hurst, and Phillip Moore of
Arlington Lodge in Arlington.
Dr. H. Gill-King (left), Director, Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and Human
Identification at the University of North Texas in Denton and member of Washington
Lodge in Richardson, Texas was requested to examine the remains. Dr. King has
determined that the remains were of a Caucasian man approximately 40 years old,
5' 9" tall and of slender build. Data indicates he was buried around 1858. This would
make his birth somewhere around 1818.  He would have been described as a "wiry"
individual with a strong handgrip. He had done considerable walking but was also a
horseman. He was buried with a smoking pipe and a tin of pistol firing caps. His
teeth were stained from smoking and the pipe had caused two of his teeth to be
grooved. The size of the ulna bone in his right arm suggests he was right handed.  
This is further supported by the position the pipe had to be held to cause the
groves. He had suffered from a cranial infection and malnutrition. This is normal for
that period of time and neither had caused his death.

At the conclusion of his examination it became Dr. King's responsibility to re-inter
the remains. Since the remains were presumed to be a Mason, Dr. King contacted
The Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas. The Masons of Texas have taken
responsibility for his re-internment.

Clair Billington, President of the Masonic Service Bureau in Ft. Worth (2000-2001),
was contacted to arrange for a burial site and assist in the preparation.

Brother Melvin Ford of Gus Garrison Lodge in Winnsboro, Texas prepared a
wooden container for the remains (above).

This container was placed inside this coffin (above) built by Brother R.E. McGowan,
Past Master of Keller Masonic Lodge #1084 in Keller, Texas.

Monte Brown, President of Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Home and member of
Arlington Height Lodge in Ft. Worth, assisted the Masonic Service Bureau by
providing preparation service and transportation to the cemetery.