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To All Departed Sir Knights

S.K. Benjamin A. Beynon
Grand Commander, Pennsylvania 2018-2019
Passed Away February 3, 2021

Obituary of Benjamin A. Beynon
Benjamin A. Beynon, 71, of South Canaan, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, February 3, 2021 at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, after an illness. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Brenda (Collins) Beynon.
Born April 12, 1949 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Dave and Grizelda (Anderson) Beynon. Ben graduated from Lake Consolidated School in 1967. He went on to study both music and computer science at Marywood University.
Benjamin Alexander Beynon was a highly decorated and respected mason. He devoted 35 years to the masonic brotherhood, and collected a number of accolades in that time. First, Ben was a Past Master of Waymart Lodge #542; he was currently serving as The District Deputy Grand Master of PA of District #14; he was the recipient of the Grand Lodge of PA Master Pillar/Centennial awards; he served as the District 14 principal of the School of Instruction for many years; and he was the Past Worthy Patron (PWP) of the Eastern Star. Along with Blue Lodge, Ben was an honorable past commander (PC) of Palestine Commandry #14. He served as Right Eminent Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania REPGC, IKT, KCT from 2018 to 2019.
Ben was also a member of: Knight Preceptor Current Marshal, Eureka RAC #179 PHP, Joshua Association of Northeastern Pa PP, Scranton Council #44 PTIM CMOY District #6, Council of Anointed Kings of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Priory #6 Knight of the York Cross of Honor Current Herald, Northeast Council #74 Knight Masons PEC, Northeastern York Rite College #102 PPG OPC, Colonel Louis A. Waters Council #226 AMD, PSM, Williamsport Conclave Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine PPS, Tall Cedars PGTC, Grotto Past Monarch, Knight of Pythagoras, and the Valley of Scranton Ancient Scottish Rite of Freemasons: Illustrious Brother Benjamin A Beynon 33 Degree; MSA Keystone Lodge of Perfection PTPM, Keystone Council Princes of Jerusalem PSP, Keystone Chapter of Rose Croix PMM, Keystone Coniston Valley of Scranton PCIC, just to name a few.
Finally, Ben was a brother, in the truest sense of the word. He cherished each experience with his masonic brothers, and supported them.
His passion was riding and building motorcycles with his family and dearest friends every chance he got, he was an amazingly talented drummer, loved doing all kinds of beautiful woodwork throughout the years and spending time with his beloved family. His kind heart and infectious smile made people feel loved and accepted everywhere he went. He truly earned the nickname "Gentle Ben".
Ben is also survived by two daughters, Crystal Beynon and her companion Jerry Lester of Greentown, and Caressa Gregg and her husband Damian of Honesdale; six grandchildren, Atraeu, Taleightha, Qeiahnan, Jake Lester, and Teka and Chavez Lill; two great-grandchildren, Paityn and Tucker; and a brother, David Beynon of North Carolina.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Zelda Mae Oakley.
Due to the current health guidelines, memorial and masonic services will be held at a date to be announced, later this spring.
Arrangements are entrusted to Jenkins-Howell Funeral Home, Inc. Edward R. Howell, Funeral Director, 269 Belmont Street, Waymart, PA 18472.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ben’s memory to local food pantries and the American Red Cross.

S.K. Loren William Brown
Grand Commander, Virginia 1996
Passed Away January 29, 2021

Loren William Brown, 91, of Martinsville, passed away Friday, January 29, 2021 at SOVAH Health of Martinsville. He was born May 20, 1929 in Greenwood, South Carolina, to the late John Bradley Brown and Bertha Susannah McKee Brown.
Mr. Brown retired from DuPont with 32 years of service. He was a member of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, deacon, and Sunday School teacher. Also, he was commissioned as a lay pastor at Mary Horner Walker Memorial Presbyterian Church and Danube Presbyterian Church in Claudville, Virginia at 74 years of age. He enjoyed boating, skiing, golfing, and camping. He was the Grand Commander of the Virginia Grand Commandery Mason in 1996, Past Master of Piedmont Lodge #152 A.F.& A.M. in Martinsville.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Iris Maxine Alexander Brown; daughters, Judy Brown Fidler and Barbara Brown Roper; son, Timothy Nelson Eanes (Anita); sister, Audrey Brown Sullivan (Rudy); grandchildren Mark (Cathy),Kristi (Wade), Keri (Nick), Amy, Wes (Sasha), Bo, Samantha (Tim), Melody, Kacey, Pam (Jerry); twenty-eight great grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; niece, Pam Sullivan; nephew, Richard Sullivan (Teena); one great-niece; and one great-nephew.
His sense of humor, entertaining tales, and deep wisdom will be missed. He has said he had a great life and no regrets; we are blessed to be a legacy of his journey.
Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.”
Memorials may be made to: Southern Area Agency on Aging, Alzheimer’s Respite Program, or the Alzheimer’s Support Groups, 204 Cleveland Avenue, Martinsville, Virginia 24112.
Services for Mr. Brown will be at a later date.
Wright Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family.
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S.K. Kenneth Eccles Dyer
Passed Away January 28, 2021

Brethren, this morning we have been informed of the passing of Past Grand Master Kenneth Eccles Dyer, and his lovely Lady, Gloria, earlier this morning. Details are currently vague, but Brother Dyer collapsed and, upon him being pronounced deceased, his Lady followed him home.
Ken is a Brother whose influence and offices in Freemasonry run so deep that it would take several pages to inform you of all of his service and accolades through the years. Here are just a few highlights.
Most Worshipful Brother Ken Dyer served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi, F. & A. M. in 2013-2014. He was currently service as the Chairman of both the Finance & Printing and Perpetual Membership Committees. He also served on the Board of Directors for the GL of MS Foundation.
Companion Dyer served as Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Mississippi in 2011, and as Illustrious Grand Master of Royal and Select Masters of Mississippi in 2002.
Sir Knight Dyer served as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Mississippi in 2005.
It is certainly not our intent to leave anything out. Brother Dyer was particularly heavily involved with York Rite Freemasonry, including offices within the General Grand bodies, and I trust many others will be able to share stories of his laudable work.
"He who trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is, shall be as a tree planted by the waters and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and suffereth not when the hot days come, but her leaf shall continue green; neither shall be consumed in the year of drought, neither shall cease from bearing fruit."
Details on arrangements are not yet know.
Farewell my Brother.
Jared F. Stanley, Grand Sec/Rec
The Grand York Rite Bodies of Mississippi

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