A beautiful evening was enjoyed by members of Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 68, their families and guests, as the new lodge officers were installed for 2014.
The lodge was decorated in a Christmas theme, and the members of Andrew Jackson Chapter Order of the Eastern Star prepared a supper for all to enjoy. The installing officer was Paul Keller, Jr., District 11 chairman, and the installing marshal was Jim Brazelton.
Officers include Gene Moorehead, Senior Deacon; Charles Gault, Tyler; Woodye Bedford, Senior Warden; Jeff Moyers, Chaplain, Bobby Hamilton, Master; Jim Armitage, Secretary; Dan Holt, Junior Warden; Jim Fowler, Senior Steward; Brooke Grubb, Junior Deacon; Brad Bolles, Junior Steward; and Gene Emanuel, Treasurer.
Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 68 was chartered in Fayetteville on Oct. 9, 1828. During its 185 years in Lincoln County, thousands of men, including many prominent citizens, have been members. The most difficult years for the lodge were during the Union Army occupation during the War Between the States (1861-18650. Many soldiers stationed in and near Fayetteville during the war were initiated. The record books stored in the lodge office date back to the chartering of the lodge and are considered to be the most important items owned by the lodge.
The lodge was named in honor of Brother, General and President Andrew Jackson, who also served as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee from 1822 to 1824. Three Tennesseans who served as president of the United States were also Freemasons, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson. The Masonic Lodges in Tennessee have always had strong support. Among its members were John Sevier, James White, Sam Houston, David Crockett and virtually every frontier leader from Tennessee.
Numerous artifacts from Tennessee Freemasonry are on display in the Tennessee State Museum, including Jackson’s Masonic apron. Until 1945, Andrew Jackson was the only American president to serve as Grand Master of a state. When President Harry Truman succeeded Brother Franklin Roosevelt, he became the second, having served as the Grand Master of Missouri.
Many early patriots were Freemasons: 13 signers of the Constitution and 14 presidents have been Freemasons beginning with Brother George Washington. Four million Freemasons worldwide come from virtually every occupation and profession. Tennessee has 60,000 Freemasons, and the Grand Lodge of Tennessee is located in Nashville.