Fall Barbecue: October 5

Our famous Millbrook Lodge #97 barbecue will be held on Friday, October 5. The funds raised will go to the Masonic charities. Plates are $7 each and include an option of eastern style barbecue pork or chicken, ‘slaw, potatoes, and hush puppies. We will start serving at 11:00 am and will go until the food runs out (usually between 6 and 7 pm). We hope to see you there!

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First Millbook Lodge Family Night A Success!

On August 10, 2012, Millbrook Lodge #97 hosted our first ever Millbrook Lodge Family Night. We had about 16 people in attendance with people of all ages. We played card and board games mostly. We also had everything we needed to show kids movies on a projector screen, but nobody was interested in that for this first time. Several people brought snacks and treats to share, and the Lodge supplied some ice cream and beverages.

We plan to make this a monthly event to be held on the second Thursday of each month. All Masons and their significant others, children, friends, and any other friendly faces are welcome.

Everyone in attendance had a lot of fun. We hope this event continues to grow with time.

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In Memoriam: Brother Alvin G. Moore

Alvin G. Moore. Photo courtesy of the News and Observer.

Brother Alvin G. Moore passed away on August 16, 2012. Brother Moore was initiated as an Entered Apprentice on January 13, 2981, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on February 17, 1981, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on March 17, 1981 at Millbrook Masonic Lodge #97. His obituary, courtesy of the News and Observer, is as follows:

Alvin G. Moore of Raleigh, passed away on August 16, 2012. He was the son of the late Geneva and Tollie Moore of Wake Forest. Alvin loved his country, faithfully serving during the Korean War, where he was awarded two purple hearts, the Korean Service Medal, as well as several other service medals. He was a Mason and Shriner since 1979. With only a fifth grade education, Alvin went into real estate, successfully building a business with apartments, houses and commercial properties. Alvin always worked hard and was a success at everything he undertook. In addition to his mother and father, Alvin was preceded in death by two half brothers, William Tilley, Raymond Tilley, and a sister, Vivian Moore Radford

Surviving are: his wife, Sylvia Anderson Moore; daughter, Debra Diane Moore; sons, Anthony Lynn Moore, Greg Cowan and Robert Anderson Moore; sisters and brothers, Millie Moore Greanier, Robert E. Moore, Maynard E. Moore, Lynwood Moore and Harold Moore.

Alvin and Ed Brandle seldom missed a Sunday together at New Hope Baptist Church, always friends, always sharing good times together!

The family will receive friends 6-7:30 PM Sunday at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh. Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Monday New Hope Baptist Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, 4301 Louisburg Rd., Raleigh, NC 27604. Share your condolences at www.brownwynneeastmillbrook.com

 Rest in peace Brother Moore.

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Millbrook Lodge Family Night

Millbrook Lodge #97 will be starting a new tradition this coming Friday. Every 2nd Friday of each month Millbrook Lodge will be hosting a family night for the families of members and friends. The first one will be on Friday, August 10, 2012 starting at 7pm. Activities will include a kid-friendly movie, board and card games, and lawn games before sunset. All attendees are encouraged to eat dinner before arriving. Everyone is encouraged to bring treats and snacks to share. Families with kids, single folks, couples without kids, empty nesters, and all other friendly faces are welcome.

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In Memorium – Brother Curtis Earl Sexton

The 60 year member of Millbrook Lodge #97, Brother Curtis Earl Sexton, passed away on July 9, 2012. His obituary, courtesy of the Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home is as follows:

Curtis Earl Sexton, age 93 of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away Monday, July 9, 2012 at The Oak At Mayview in Raleigh.N.C.

He was born March 16, 1919 in Morgan Co., KY son of the late Asa Sexton & Minnie Robinson Sexton.

He was a electrical engineer for General Electric. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior.

He served in the U.S.Army during W.W.II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Wilma Havens Sexton, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Surviving is Daughter, Vicki S. Oliver & husband, George of Raleigh, North Carolina, 2 Grandsons; George Brandon Oliver and Jason Lynn Oliver both of Raleigh, NC.

Graveside services will be conducted Thursday 1:00 pm July 12, 2012 at Ezel Cemetery in Ezel, KY. Rev. Larry Sexton will be officiating.

Pallbearers: Family & Friends.

Military Rites conducted at Graveside by Morgan County. D.A.V chapter #132. Masonic Rites conducted by Elkfork Lodge #755 F&AM at graveside.

Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home,West Liberty,Ky.

Brother was born in Ezel, Kentucky March 16, 1919. He was initiated to the degree of Entered Apprentice on August 28, 1952, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on September 26, 1952, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on November 27, 1952 in Bath Lodge #55 in Owingsville, Kentucky. Brother Sexton demitted from Bath Lodge #55 and affiliated with Millbrook Lodge #97 on May 1, 1973. Brother Sexton passed away on July 9, 2012. A graveside Masonic Service was given by Elkfork Lodge #755 in Ezel, Kentucky.

Rest in peace Brother Sexton.

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In Memoriam – William “Bill” T. Martin, 1938 – 2012

On Wednesday, April 25, Brother William “Bill” T Martin, PM, passed away in his home surrounded by family. Worshipful Brother Martin was initiated as an Entered Apprentice October 22, 1974, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on Novemeber 19, 1974, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on December 10, 1974 in Millbrook Lodge #97. He was the Worshipful Master of Millbrook Lodge #97 in 1981.

Here is W.Bro. Martin’s obituary from the website of Strickland Funeral Home:

January 2, 1938 – April 25, 2012

ZEBULON – Bill Martin, 74, died Wednesday at his home surrounded by his family.  He was Past Master of Millbrook Masonic Lodge 97 and a member of the Pilot Lions Club.  Bill loved woodworking, classic tractors, & classic cars.  He retired from Mitchell Distributing Co, after over 35 years of service.  He was a wonderful granddad.  He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Adams Martin, his mother Minnie Martin Ward & husband Robert, and brother, Freddie.

He is survived by his wife & friend of over 51 years, Judy Nichols Martin of the home, children, Tim Martin of Zebulon, Ann M. Bedner (Ryan) of Freeport, FL, grandchildren, Bradley, Amy, & Josh Gudmens, step grandchild, Hunter Bedner, and special pet, Holly.

Flowers accepted or memorials to Hospice of Wake County are welcomed.

Funeral service 2 pm, Saturday, Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC.  Visitation from 11:30 – 1:45 pm, prior to the service. Burial, Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.  www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net

Rest in peace Brother Martin.

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In Memoriam – W.Bro. James Jefferson Stephens Sr., 1923-2012

On Monday, March 26, 2012, Millbrook Lodge #97 lost Worshipful Brother James Jefferson Stephens Sr.


James Jefferson Stephens Sr.

Stephens, James Jefferson Sr., 88, of Franklinton passed away Monday, March 26, 2012. He was the son of the late Henry Roger and Mary Ethel Stephens, born December 12, 1923 in Raleigh. Mr. Stephens retired from Southern Bell telephone after 40 years of dedicated service. He was the Past Master and long time member of the Millbrook Masonic Lodge, he was a also a member of Amram Temple in Raleigh. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois Mae McGee Stephens in 2005.

Surviving are: two daughters, Mary Ann Branch, and husband Freddy of Raleigh, Helen Denise Perry of Franklinton; four sons, James Stephens, and wife Polly of Franklinton, Donald Stephens, and wife Rita of Raleigh, Robert Earl Stephens of Franklinton, Roy Stephens, and Jennifer of Wendell; seven grandchildren, Bobby Branch, Angela Hughes, Juanita Dean, Kim Hernandez, Laura Bledsoe, Michael Perry and Hunter Stephens; nine great-grandchildren.

Family will be present to receive friends Thursday , March 29, 2012 from 6-8 PM at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, where funeral services will be held Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11 AM. Burial, with Masonic Services, will be held at Brier Creek Memorial Park, 7600 Acc Blvd, Raleigh, 27617.

Worshipful Brother Stephens was initiated as an Entered Apprentice on May 20, 1969, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft June 13, 1969, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason July 22, 1969. He was the Worshipful Master of Millbrook Lodge #97 for the year of 1976.

Rest in peace W. Bro. Stephens.

Obituary and photo curtosey of the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home website.
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In Memoriam – Bro. Bobby W. Trogdon

On Friday, March 16, Millbrook Masonic Lodge #97 lost Brother Bobby W. Trogdon.


Bobby Warren Trogdon, age 79, died peacefully at home, with family by his side, on Friday, March 16, 2012. A visitation will be held from 5-6 PM Sunday, March 18 in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with funeral services starting at 6:00 PM. A graveside service will be held at 1:00PM on Monday, in Star Cemetery in Star, North Carolina.

Born July 14, 1932, in Star, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Henry W. and Blanche Chappel Trogdon. He was the loving husband of Betty Dagless Trogdon for 56 years. Mr. Trogdon served his country in the United States Air Force and retired after 23 years of service, and was of the Methodist Faith. Bobby joined the Masons in 1968 while living in England, and was still a Mason until the time of his death, most recently being a member of Millbrook Lodge #97 in Raleigh, NC. He owned and operated the “Tick Tock Shop”, a clock business, for 25 years in Raleigh, North Carolina. After moving to Darlington, he continued going to homes and businesses in the area repairing clocks, specializing in grandfather clocks.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons: Dr. Johnny W. (Joyce) Trogdon of Darlington, James C. Trogdon of Chapel Hill, Michael D. Trogdon of Chapel Hill; eight grandchildren: Isaac Trogdon of Germany, Sarah Trogdon of New York, Pascha Trogdon (Joshua) Simonan of Darlington, Justin Trogdon of Darlington, Hannah Trogdon of Chapel Hill, Emily Trogdon of Charleston, Robert Trogdon of Darlington, Olivia Trogdon of Chapel Hill; three great-grandchildren: Abigail, Thomas and Georgia. He was preceded in death by a brother, Mickey Trogdon.

Memorials may be made to Carolina Hospice, Carolinas Home Health and Hospice Services, 121 E. Center St, PO Box 100550 Florence, SC 29501 or Darlington County Humane Society, Rescue Fund, PO Box 503, Darlington, SC 29540.

Bro. Trogdon was born on July 14, 1932. He was initiated as an Entered Apprentice October 19, 1966, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft May 10, 1967, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason November 8, 1967.

Rest in peace Brother Trogdon.

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Spring Barbecue – Friday, April 13 – $6/Plate

Our spring barbecue will be held on Friday, April 13 from 11am to 7pm. All proceeds go towards Masonic charities. The barbecue is open to the public, and all barbecue is cooked on site. Tickets may be purchased from Millbrook Lodge members in advance, or can be purchased the day of at the lodge. All plates are $6 per plate and include a choice of eastern Carolina barbecue or barbecue chicken, hushpuppies, potatoes, and ‘slaw. See our barbecue page for more information.

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In Memoriam: Bro. John Gilbert Layton, P.M., 1926 – 2012

On Saturday, February 4 Millbrook Lodge lost Bro. John G. Layton, P.M.


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John Gilbert Layton, 86, of Raleigh, died Saturday morning, February 4, 2012. Although known as John by his social and work acquaintances, he was always Gilbert to his family. A lifelong resident of Wake County, Gilbert was the son of Henry Owen and Emma Smith Layton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Blackwood Layton only fifteen months ago, as well as three brothers, Marvin Layton, Leon Layton and Bobby Layton. Gilbert is survived by five nieces, three nephews, fifteen great nieces and nephews and fourteen great-great nieces and nephews. He had a successful career with the United States Postal Service from which he retired in 1988 although when asked about his life’s work, it was his interest in securities that he enjoyed most.

A Graveside Funeral Service to celebrate Gilbert’s life will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Montlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Montlawn Funeral Home from 1 – 2 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 4415 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Raleigh, NC 27613.
Arrangements are by Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, N.C. Condolences may be made at www.montlawn.com

Bro. Layton was born on June 29, 1926 in Raleigh, NC. He was initiated into Millbrook Lodge #97 May 10, 1949; passed July 5, 1949; and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason July 26, 1949. He was Worshipful Master of Millbrook Lodge in 1957. He was a life member of the Fraternity.

Rest in peace Brother Layton.

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