JAMES ERWIN MOSELEY
James Erwin Moseley, Grand Master of Masons of Georgia , 1979-1980, was born on October 10, 1925 , in Rockdale County, Georgia, son of Ida Lee Ray Moseley and Sam Allison Moseley.
He attended the public schools of Rockdale and Henry Counties, graduating from McDonough High School in 1942 .
From December, 1942 , until August 3, 1964, except for twenty-eight months spent in the Armed Services during World War II with service in Europe , he was employed by Southern Bell Telephone Company. On August 3, 1964, he resigned to become Grand Secretary-Recorder of the Grand York Rite Bodies of Georgia.
Most Worshipful Brother Moseley was united in marriage on July 6, 1947, with Miss Mollie Sue Stanton, and to this union was born one son, James Robert, who is a Lt. Corrunander in the U. S. Navy . They are also the proud grandparents of two grandchildren , Kevin and Emily .
Most Worshipful Brother Moseley and his family are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Macon . Prior to affiliating with this church, they were members of the Griffin Presby terian Church, at Griffin, where he served on the Board of Deacons .
He began his Masonic career in Meridian Sun Lodge No . 26, of Griffin , where he was Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on March 30, 1950, where he served as Worship ful Master in 1956. He was Mas ter of the Sixth Masonic District Convention in 1964.
He was Exalted to the Sublime Degree of the Royal Arch on July 13, 1950, in Pythagoras Chapter No .10, Griffin, and served as High Priest in 1955. He received the Order of High Priesthood in April, 1955.
Greeted in Griffin Council No. 8, R.&S.M. on November 30, 1950, he served as Illustrious Master in 1955 . He received the Thrice Illustrious Master 's Degree in April, 1955 .
At the 1967 Convocation of the Grand Chapter and Grand Council of Georgia , the Companions, in a surprise action, elected and installed Most Worshipful Brother Moseley as Grand High Priest and Illustrious Grand Master .
Knighted March 1, 1953, in Griffin Commandery No. 15, Griffin, serving as Commander 1956-1957, he entered the Grand Line as Grand Warder on May 14, 1959, advancing regularly each year.
In 1964 while serving in the station of Grand Generalissimo, upon the death of R.E. Sir w.Tom Bateman, Grand Recorder, Most Worshipful Brother Moseley resigned as Grand Generalissirro to accept the office of Grand Recorder . The Grand Line Officers were gracious enough to remain in their stations to allow him to serve as Grand Commander for 1966- 1967, the year he would have normally served .
He was Knighted in Georgia Priory No. 39, Knights York Cross of Honour, in 1956, and he is a Past Prior.
He received the 32° Scottish Rite in Atlanta Consistory in March, 1964, affiliated with Macon Consistory in February, 1967, and received 33° Honorary in October, 1975.
Most Worshipful Brother Moseley is a member and Past Sovereign of New Covenant Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine and Past Grand Marshal of the United Imperial Council; Past Preceptor of Upper Room Tabernacle No.45, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests; and the Mutual Guild, serving as Regent in 1976. He is Past General Grand Captain of Host of General Grand Chapter, R.A.M. , International. He is also a member of Yaarab Temple, A.A.O.N .M.S., of Atlanta; the Royal Order of Scotland; and Liberty Chapter No. 147, O.E .S., of Griffin, having served as Worthy Patron in 1957-1958.
On October 25, 1972, he was appointed Third Grand Steward by incoming Junior Grand Warden, Lonzo Pope. He was elected by his Brethren as Grand Master of Masons in Georgia on October 24, 1979, and installed by Most Worshipful Brother Lonzo Pope as the Ninetieth Grand Master.
While Most Worshipful Brother Moseley 's tenure as Grand Master will be recorded on the pages of history of the Grand Lodge of Georgia as one filled with his all-out and compelling efforts in the field of Masonic Education, Lodge attendance, involvement of families in Lodge activities, and his endless desire to serve his Brethren and Grand Lodge , perhaps he will best be remembered and lauded for his conscientious leadership to save the Masonic Home of Georgia and put it on a sound financial basis.
Although often facing opposition and unsound reasoning , his love and compassionate concern for the children of the Home gave him the courage tt face this with determina tion, resulting in the end success in that which he had sought.