On Dec. 27, the Indianola Masonic Lodge No. 450, F&AM, held its officer’s installation ceremony for the 2019 Masonic year at the downtown Indianola Masonic hall.
The installation coincided with the celebration of the Festival of Saint John the Evangelist, one of freemasonry’s two patron saints.
The Indianola masons were one of many lodges in Mississippi that held installation ceremonies on that date. Incoming officers for the 2019 year are: Jim Whitfield, Worshipful Master; Curtis Smith, Senior Warden; Kenneth Luna, Junior Warden; Sammy Hearn, Treasurer; Joe Lee, Secretary; Chris McClain, Senior Deacon; Doug Card, Tiler.
Chris Nettles, Worshipful Master of Natchez Trace Lodge No. 609; Gene Vincent, Worshipful Master of Grenada Lodge No. 31, Marvin Weeks, 9th District Deputy Grand Lecturer, and Jimmy Hamilton conducted the ceremony. Also visiting was Jim Sigmond, 11th District Deputy Grand Lecturer.
The Grand Lodge of Mississippi chartered the Indianola lodge on February 22, 1900.
Freemasonry in Mississippi traces back to the foundation of the state, with Grand Lodge of Mississippi being formed in 1818. Freemasonry is the world’s oldest fraternity, with roots that trace back over 300 years to the operative stone masonry lodges of the late 1600s.
Proponents of freemasonry say masonry enhances and strengthens the character of the individual man by providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, education, and leadership based on the three ancient Masonic tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.