Child ID Event August 24th

Pleasants Lodge and the Masons of the 22nd Masonic Districts will be participating in the Project Lifesaver and Autism Awareness Extravaganza at the Roanoke Police Academy on August 24th, 2013. We will conduct the Child ID and all assistance is greatly appreciated! Please plan to volunteer some time towards this vital community service.

Click here to download the flyer for more details: 2013 Project Lifesaver and Autism Awareness Extravaganza

In Memory of Bro. Joseph Marion Brown Jr.

Bro. Brown Receives his 50 yr. Pin from R.W. Melvin Crowder

Joseph Marion Brown Jr., 79, of Roanoke, died Thursday, October 25, 2012. He was born on July 1, 1933, in McCormick, S.C. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He retired after 33 years of service as a territory sales manager with Reckitt and Coleman, formerly R.T. French Company. He has been a Mason and a Shriner for over 50 years. He is predeceased by his parents, Joseph M. Brown Sr. and Annie Lucile Keown Brown; and his wife, Mary Jane Royall Brown.
He is survived by his daughter, Anne Royall Brown Neff and her husband, Mitch; son, Joseph M. (Trey) Brown III and his wife, Angela; grandson, Joshua Marion Brown; and granddaughters, Shelby Anne Brown and Reagan Hope Brown.
A Memorial Service was held at Raleigh Court United Methodist Church, on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Tanner and the Rev. James Reynolds officiating. The Worshipful Master and brethren of Pleasants Lodge #63 AF&AM were in attendance and Masonic Rites were performed. Interment will be held at a later date in McCormick, S.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Raleigh Court United Methodist Church, 1706 Grandin Road, Roanoke, VA 24015-2816; the Parkinson’s Foundation or to Gentle Shepherd Hospice. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 26, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Oakey’s South Chapel, 540-989-3131. Online condolences may be made at

Fall Race at Richmond International Speedway

Wor. David Layman passed this message on from Bro. Don Hansen:

Calling all race fans or those that wouldn’t mind volunteering for the ACCA Shriner Klowns,

It is time once again for the Fall Nascar Race at Richmond International Raceway. The ACCA Klowns Unit is once again reaching out to all those past and future volunteers that would like to participate in the Fall Race September 8, 2012 in Richmond. Each year ACCA Klowns assists with the many functions in several Temples and now it is time for us to step up to the plate and assist them during the race as Usher Volunteers during the Nascar Race.

Those that would like to assist need to let me know as soon as possible. There are approximately 50 positions that need to be filled. For those that attended the Spring Race, we had to endure the Cold Weather and rain but everyone stuck in there and did a great job. Traditionally, the Fall race is just the opposite Hot, a lot of sun and a very long day.

As a reminder, we need to be at the track by 11:30a and will volunteer until approximately 10p that night. Shriners and Non-Shriners are welcome to work as long as they are at least 18y/o. We need to wear Khaki pants, comfortable shoes and don’t forget the Sun Screen, a hat, ear and eye protection, and a chair. Usher shirts will be issued to all those assisting unless you have one already and can bring that one with you. You are also allowed a small cooler for non-alcoholic beverages (plenty of water is recommended). I will be receive the Usher passes around the 20th of August. Remember the Usher passes are good for the races the night before and the day of the Nascar race. You only have to work the Nascar Race, the others are free and on your own as a race fan.

Look forward to hearing from you very soon so we can fill the required spaces and help ACCA Shriners with their fund-raiser for the Shriners Children’s Hospital. Pass this message along and invite as many friends as possible that you feel would do a good job for the ACCA Klowns.     September 7, 2012 is the  that you can attend free as a fan and September 8, 2012 is the   that we volunteer from Noon to 10p

August Columns is Ready – September Stated Joint Communication

Please take note of the following excerpt from the August 2012 issue of The Columns:

For our September meeting, September 17, we will join Catawba Lodge #342 in a joint communication at Catawba Lodge in Fincastle. Dinner will be at 6 pm. We must have your reservations by September 10. Your RSVP may be sent to me (Wor. Sid) either by phone (540-520-1101) OR email ( We look forward to some good food and fellowship with our brethren and families of Catawba Lodge.

Cave Spring Lodge #230 – Table Lodge July 18th

From Wor. David Layman:


Note the attached flyer (click here: Cave Spring July 2012 Newsletter) for the Table Lodge to be held at Cave Spring Lodge on Wednesday, July 18th.  Please email Don Richardson at if you plan on attending.  He has to know how many to prepare for.

David Layman

June / July Columns

The July 2012 issue of The Columns is now available and ready for download. There was no June issue this year. In lieu of publishing The Columns in June, the Lodge opted to place the ad in the Trestleboard section of the local paper as required by the Methodical Digest.

Please note that if you receive email notice of the July issue, you will not receive a copy via US Postal Service mail. Use this link to download: July 2012 Columns

First Awarding of the Charles Wesley Hale Scholarship

We were pleased to present the first Charles Wesley Hale Scholarship to Bro. Aaron Parizo at our June Stated Communication.
Bro. Parizo is a Demolay member at Hanging Rock Chapter and is working through his blue lodge degrees at Taylor Lodge. Bro. Parizo was accepted to Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, NC to study culinary arts. We were honored to have Bro. Parizo, his mother, and his two brothers join us for dinner and at the presentation. We also would like to thank R.W. Campbell, Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Virginia, for joining us to present Bro. Parizo at the presentation.

Dinner Prior to Masons Go to the Theater Night

A dinner has been planned for anyone interested in attending prior to the annual Masons Go to the Theater night this year. Details below.

  • Date: August 3, 2012
  • Time: Dinner will be served beginning at 6:00 P.M. (the play starts at 7:30 P.M.)
  • Location: Fincastle United Methodist Church Family Life Center (Next door to Catawba Lodge)
  • Cost: $12.00 per person. Pay in advance (Checks payable to FUMC).
    Mail checks to:
    Doug Ross
    286 Ross Ford Rd
    Buchanan, VA 24066

Need 70 participants at least.
Tables will have table cloths and will be decorated.


  • Turkey Breast
  • Dressing with gravy
  • Cranberry salad
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Rolls
  • Dessert: Pound Cake with fruit topping and whipped cream
  • Coffee(reg. & decaf), Decaf Tea(sweet & unsweet), Lemonade, Water

Dinners will be served. Tip jars will be on the table.

Loss of a Brother – Wilbur Grant


It is with a heavy heart I announce the passing of a Pleasants Lodge member to the celestial lodge above.


Wilbur E. Grant, 73, of Salem passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2012. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Nancy Herron Grant (1969-2000) and his third wife Loretta Grant. A native of Winchester, Virginia Wilbur received a BME degree from Shenandoah Conservatory and a MMS degree from Radford University. Wilbur began playing saxophone and clarinet professionally at the age of 12. He taught music in Virginia public schools for 34 years and was solo clarinetist with the Handley High School Band, Winchester, VA; solo clarinetist and student Conductor with the Shenandoah Conservatory Concert Band. Also Wilbur was the second clarinetist with the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra and The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with Myron Florin, The Box Tops, The Four Seasons, Bobby Goldsboro, Liberace, Patsy Cline (when she was still using her maiden name of Virginia Hensley), Englebert Humperdinck, The Mill Mountain Theatre Orchestra, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Teresa Brewer, Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph, Sonny & Cher, The Ice Capades, Holiday On Ice, Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Royal Lippezanner Stallions, Disney on Parade, The Shrine Circus, The Stylist Orchestra (part owner), The Freddie Lee Orchestra, The Bob LeFever Orchestra, as well as others. Wilbur studied clarinet with Harold Wright the Principal Clarinetist of The National Symphony and later the Boston Symphony. At the time of his death he was serving as the director of the Roanoke Valley Community Band and was recently selected as President and Conductor of the Kazim Shrine Band, known as the Noblemen, and was Director of the Old Pros of Dublin, Virginia. Surviving are his daughters, DeeDee Parker and husband David of Chesapeake; Deb Grant-Marsh and husband Jared of Boston, Mass; granddaughters, Kimmi and Kasey Parker; “his girl” Linda Lemon of Salem and three nephews, David, Jeffrey, and Jamie Corvin. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Roanoke Valley Bird Club, the National Kidney Foundation or to the Roanoke Valley Community Band Scholarship Fund. A celebration of Wilbur’s life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2012 in the Auditorium of Glenvar High School 4549 Malus Drive Salem. The family will receive friends following the service. Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home & Crematory. 366-0707

Please keep Brother Grant’s family in your prayers and make plans to attend his memorial service to pay respects if you are able. At this time, we have not heard any indication as to whether or not there will be Masonic Rites.


Wor. Sidney Warren Bush
Worshipful Master 2012
Pleasants Lodge #63 AF&AM