The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar
To All Departed Sir Knights
SK Richard Leo James
Sir Knight James served with distinction as Grand Commander
of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of Louisiana in 2004-2005
as well as the Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Louisiana in 2011-2012.
Born on the 21st day of October, 1946 in Brazil, Indiana to William C. James and Helen Walter James,
Brother James was 74 years old at the time of his passing.
Grand York Rite Bodies of Georgia
SIR KNIGHT EDWARD HELTON
Grand Commander 1987
Born: February 1, 1925 – Hall County, Georgia
Died: August 22, 2021– Gainesville, Georgia
Sir Knight Clarence Randell Carrier
1995 Right Eminent Grand Commander, Tennessee
Passed August 12, 2021
Sir Knight Clarence Randell Carrier, Right Eminent Past Grand Commander (1995) laid down his sword of Chivalry and entered the Celestial Asylum on Thursday, August 12, 2021. His wife preceded him in death on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Both passed away from COVID-19.
Sir Knight Carrier was born on November 22, 1950 in Bristol, Virginia, the son of Clarence Cecil and Ossie May Rowe Carrier. He was educated in the public school system of Sullivan and Carter Counties, Tennessee, where he has lived since 1964.
On December 29, 1978 he married the former Sandra Kay Willen. He was a member of Borderview Christian Chuch in Elizabethton, where he served as an Elder, Secretary of the Church Board and teacher of the Men’s Bible Class.
Brother Carrier was raised in Hampton Lodge No. 750 on 9/3/1983. He transferred to Dashiell Lodge No. 238 in January, 1985 where he served as Worshipful Master in 1990.
Companion Carrier received his York Rite Masonry Degrees and Orders at the Upper East Tennessee York Rite Association Spring Festival in May, 1984 at Kingsport, Tennessee. He was a member of R. D. Keller Chapter No. 214 where he served as High Priest in 1987, a member of B. E. Wooten Council No. 119 where served as Illustrious Master in 1987.
SK Carrier was knighted in Carter Commandery No. 37 on May 12, 1984, served as Commandery in 1986. He received the Knight Crusaders of the Cross degree on 4/24/1987. He was a Charter member of the Knight Crusaders of the Cross and served as its Treasurer / Recorder for several years. He served the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar in 1989 as Emient Grand Warder. SK Carrier was elected Eminent Grand Captain General in April, 1992, advancing each year and was elected Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Tennessee on 4/22/1995.
He was a member and Past Patron of Hampton Chapter #471 Order of Eastern Star; Past President of the Upper East Tennessee York Rite Association; Charter Member of the Tennessee Lodge of Research; Charter Member of the North East Tennessee York Rite College #153, and he served as Treasurer since its inception. He received the Order of the Purple Cross in 1993. He was Inducted into Tennessee Priory #15, Knight of York Cross of Honour in 1992. He was a member of the Knoxville Scottish Rite bodies, Tralee Council #41, Knight Masons; Charity Court #17, Order of the Amaranth; Charles Newton Bush Past Masters Association; and the Royal Order of Scotland.
It is my order that the Charters of all Tennessee Commanderies be draped at the next stated conclave in his honor.
This General Order must be read at the first stated Conclave followings its receipt and made a part of those minutes.
Billy B. Young
Grand Commander, Grand Commandery of Tennessee
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