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In Memoriam
To All Departed Sir Knights

SK & MEC Harold G. Rothgeb, REPGC
Grand Commander, Washington 2013-14
Passed Away Friday September 16, 2016
Memorial services are pending

S.K. Eric B. West, REPGC
Grand Commander, Florida 2015-16
Passed Away September 10, 2016, at Manatee Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
Memorial services will be held September 24, 2016 at 2:00pm
at Venice Lodge, 118 E. Venice Avenue, Venice, Fl.

S.K. Francis Michael McGrath, REPGC
Grand Commander, Virginia 2007
Passed Away September 7, 2016

Chesapeake - Francis Michael "Mike" McGrath, 76, passed away at home on September 7, 2016. He was born in Vallejo, CA, to Francis Henry and Anna Dorothy McGrath, who preceded him in death.

Mike graduated from Maury High School and Old Dominion University. He served in the National Guard during the Vietnam War and was an ICT and Marketing Coordinator at Norview High School in Norfolk for 28 years.

Mike was Master of Indian River Lodge #252 and also a member of Berkley Lodge #167. He was Grand Commander of Knights Templar of the Commonwealth of VA. He belonged to many masonic organizations, which include The Rose of Sharon Priory (KYGCH), The Red Cross of Constantine, and National Sojourners. Mike was a proud, long-standing member of Khedive Temple Drum and Bugle Corps.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his high school sweetheart and wife of 53 years, Nancy Stroud McGrath; his darling daughters, Melissa Boyce and her husband, Gregory Boyce, and Lee Midgette and her fiancÚ, Scott Bracy; his precious grandchildren, Jordan Carter, Madison Midgette, Courtney Carter, Taylor Midgette, and Olivia Midgette; and the loving siblings he inherited through marriage, Thomas and Jo Anne Bell and David and Janet Foshee.

Mike thoroughly enjoyed his retirement. He loved to paint miniature soldiers with which to wargame, to collect trains, to play his glock and flute, and to participate in historical re-enactments. He had a lifelong interest in and a wide-ranging knowledge of history and was an avid reader.

Disney World held a special place in Mike's heart. His whole family went there once a year, usually around Christmas. Other treasured family get-togethers included renting a cottage in Nags Head during the summer, tailgating at ODU games, and laughing together in the pool followed by cookouts. Mike felt blessed to have had his children and grandchildren live close by, and they were a cherished and important part of his life.

Mike's viewing and funeral will be held at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel, 524 Cedar Road, on September 12, 2016. The viewing will be held at Noon, preceding the funeral, which will begin at 1 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Ralph Herbert will preside. A reception will be held in the Great Bridge Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 333 Cedar Road, following the ceremony. Burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery will be private. Condolences may be offered to the family at - See more at:

S.K. William Simonton Boyd, REGC
Grand Commander 1981, Tennessee
Passed Away on September 2, 2016

William Simonton Boyd, 101, passed away on September 2, at his home in Munford. He was born April 20, 1915 in Atoka. William was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Beryl Black Boyd and his sister, Frances Boyd Hester. He was a devoted husband and father who will be greatly missed by his family. William is survived by his four children: Bill (Joyce Jacobsen) of Middletown, CT, Bette Lolley (Bill) of Brandon, MS, Tom (Margaret Ford) of Newton, MA, and Peggy Boyd of Munford. His legacy includes being Granddaddy to ten grandchildren and Great-Granddaddy to sixteen great-grandchildren.

For most of his career, William worked at S&W Construction Company, overseeing such jobs as Poplar Plaza Shopping Center, Memphis Country Club, and an addition to the Coca Cola Bottling Plant. Before going to work for S&W, he was a home builder in Tipton County. After retirement William, oversaw the renovation of the Tipton County Court House. He was twice elected Tipton County Commissioner and served as Chairman of the Tipton County Public Works Committee.

William was an active member of the Tipton Masonic Lodge where he was Master of the Lodge. He reached the 33rd degree in the Scottish Rite and was a past Grand Commander of the Knights Templar in Tennessee.

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