Distinguished Service Medals
a.k.a Medals of Honor
(Awarded from 1920 to 2023)
Grand Master Charles Larkin Bass, in 1920, requested Robert Jesse Travis, PGM, to make five honorary presentations on behalf of the Grand Lodge. Brother Travis then addressed the Grand Lodge.
Every Mason must labor without weariness and hope of any reward. This is his obligation and his duty. However, we all like to know that our labors have been appreciated, and when the appreciation is expressed, it serves as an encouragement to labor on.
The Grand Lodge intends to present yearly, Medals of Honor to its faithful servants and workers, and this year we have selected the following five brethren to receive these medals (see 1920).
Special recognition had been given to outstanding members, usually for long and faithful service. Some were cited in Grand Lodge for extraordinary Masonic works; now Brother Bass was initiating a program to present visual evidence of appreciation, the Medal of Honor. (The Medal of Honor was later called the Distinguished Service Medal.)
The medals were limited to five recipients each year. For several years no medals were presented, and in some years, less than five. 1926 only one was given; it went to Brother William Clarke, author of Early and Historic Freemasonry in Georgia. The Grand Master felt that Brother Clarke should be the sole recipient that year due to his outstanding achievement of compiling and writing the history. (About 1978, the awards were limited to two each year.)
Dr. J. W. Taylor, Luthersville Lodge No. 236, Luthersville.
R. L. Cox, Generous Warren Lodge No. 20, Monroe.
George H. Fields, Orion Lodge No. 8, Bainbridge.
J. A. McDonald, Furlow Lodge No. 124, Plains.
Joseph C. Greenfield, Gate City Lodge No. 2, Atlanta.
Dr. Michael Hoke, Gate City Lodge No. 2, Atlanta.
Reverend James M. Rushin, Rushton Lodge No. 281, Plains.
A. Simmons, Kingston Lodge No. 394, Kingston.
T. McCutchen, Chattahoochee Lodge No. 61, Franklin.
Thomas J. Carling, Mabel Lodge No. 255, Macon.
James B. Clements, Irwinville Lodge No. 315, Irwinville.
E. H. McHan, Fairburn Lodge No. 180, Fairburn.
William B. Clarke, Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, Savannah.
Joseph K. Orr, Mt. Hermon Lodge No. 304, Columbus.
John Travis, Landrum Lodge No. 48, Savannah.
A. Johnson, Oostanaula Lodge No. 113, Rome.
E. V. Thrash, Gate City Lodge No. 2, Atlanta.
Kendrick Lamb, Atlantic Lodge No. 82, Brunswick.
Raymund Daniel, Gate City Lodge No. 2, Atlanta.
Don R. Roberts, Ocean Lodge No. 214, Brunswick.
Isadore Heiman, Fulton Lodge No. 216, Atlanta.
Reverend Firley Baum, Capitol View Lodge No. 640, Atlanta.
Frank F. Baker, Macon Lodge No. 5, Macon.
George Starr Peck, Palestine Lodge No. 486, Atlanta.
(awarded Bar in 1944 and 1947).
Cary W. Anderson, Clinton Lodge No. 54, Savannah.
John C. Kaufman, Ocean Lodge No. 214, Brunswick.
Daniel W. Locklin. Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 22, Athens.
Virlyn B. Smith, Fairburn Lodge No. 180, Fairburn.
H. Sol Clark, Zerubbabel Lodge No. 15, Savannah.
Dr. Thomas W. Sewell, Coweta Lodge No. 60, Newnan.
Oscar D. White, Buckhead Lodge No. 712, Atlanta.
Harry E. Tice, Atlanta Lodge No. 59, Atlanta.
Sidney Parks, Fulton Lodge No. 216, Atlanta.
James Wolling Davis, Sardis Lodge No. 107, Atlanta.
Dewey Harold Wollstein, Cherokee Lodge No. 66, Rome.
John A. Dunaway, Buckhead Lodge No. 712, Atlanta.
NOTE: The awards in 1969 to Brothers Wollstein and Dunaway were Citations of Merit presented by Grand Master Durward B. Mercer for their years of devoted service to the fraternity.
Robert S. Dennis, Grant Park Lodge No. 604, Atlanta.
Dr. Hudnall G. Weaver, Macon Lodge No. 5, Macon.
Preston Y. Luther, Macon Lodge No. 5, Macon.
Walter M. Callaway, Jr., Oakland City Lodge No. 373, Atlanta.
John W. Outler, Rutland Lodge No. 298, Macon.
Carl F. Lester, Jr., Battle Hill Lodge No. 523, Atlanta.
Willard Register, Columbian Lodge No. 7, Columbus.
Joseph H. Kite, Piedmont Lodge No. 447, Atlanta.
John H. Williamson, Ft. Hawkins Lodge No. 418, Macon.
Hugh L. Smith, Dougherty Lodge No. 491, Albany.
John W. Zuber, Buckhead Lodge No. 712, Atlanta.
William M. Drinnon, Mabel Lodge No. 255, Macon.
James E. Moseley, Meridian Sun Lodge No. 28, Griffin.
James R. Belflower, Tifton Lodge No. 47, Tifton.
Hoyt B. Smith, East Point Lodge No. 288, East Point.
Wood L. Lovell, Morningside Lodge No. 295, Atlanta.
James T. Stanley, Panthersville Lodge No. 543, Decatur.
Carl J. Woeltjen, Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, Savannah.
William W. Daniel, Grant Park Lodge No. 604, Atlanta.
Lamar Fain, Battle Hill Lodge No. 523, Lithia Springs.
Fred Mealer, Oothacaloga Lodge No. 154, Calhoun.
Woodrow Houston, Magnolia Lodge No. 86, Blakely.
Thomas Shean Perry, Gate City Lodge No. 2, Atlanta.
William H. Rosier, Hinesville Lodge No. 271, Hinesville.
Thomas Telford Irvin, Mt. Airy Lodge No. 141, Mt. Airy.
Robert Mark Henderson, Tucker Lodge No. 42, Tucker.
J. Theodore Phillips, Coosa Lodge No. 622, Coosa.
Walter Thomas Moody, Jr., Mabel Lodge No. 255, Macon.
Fred Lamar Pearson, Jr., St. John The Baptist Lodge No. 184, Valdosta.
Samuel Bennet Owens, Blackshear Lodge No. 270, Blackshear.
Thomas Raymond Gaines, Tyrian Lodge No. 111, Warner Robins.
Thomas Lancelot Reese, II, Benevolent Lodge No. 3, Milledgeville.
Grady E. McCannon, Tucker Lodge No. 42, Tucker.
Willie Pershin Hammond, College Park Lodge No. 454, College Park.
William D. English, III, Samuel S. Lawrence Lodge No. 721, Marietta.
Joseph E. Johnson, Swainsboro Lodge No. 244, Swainsboro.
Charles Brantley Morgan, Lavonia Lodge No. 241, Lavonia.
Henry Ernest Yarbrough, Rising Star Lodge No. 4, Eatonton.
Oliver F. Grantham, Jr., Grant Park Lodge No. 604, Atlanta.
Robert E. Moore, Tyrian Lodge No. 111, Warner Robins.
Bobby Blackman Simmons, Tyrian Lodge No. 111, Bonaire.
John Slayden Perry, Forest Park Lodge No. 399, Forest Park.
James E. Sledge, Samuel S. Lawrence Lodge No. 721, Marietta.
John E. Jones, Samuel S. Lawrence Lodge No. 721, Marietta.
Kenneth White, Rex Lodge No. 251, Ellenwood.
David L. Canaday, Fairburn Lodge No. 180, Fairburn.
J. Benny Allen, Etowah Lodge No. 222, Dawsonville.
John Rha McCleskey, Jr., Pinehurst Lodge No. 473, Pinehurst.
Larry M. Griggers, Hampton Lodge No. 70, Hampton.
Bobby Joe Townsend, Leland Lodge No. 686, Mableton.
Sheldon Little, Fulton Lodge No. 216, Atlanta.
Joseph William Powell, II, Fort Benning Lodge No. 579, Columbus.
Charles A. Wofford, Gate City Lodge No. 2, Atlanta.
Phillip Harold Floyd, Buford Lodge No. 292, Buford.
Charles A. Burroughs, Amity Lodge No. 731, Colbert.
Marcus V. Hall, Primrose Lodge No. 79, Bowman.
William Ray Carver, Jr., Dougherty Lodge No. 591, Albany.
Charles C. White, Jr., Stephen’s Lodge No. 586, Manchester.
Roy Callaway, Benevolent Lodge No. 3, Milledgeville.
Ted C. Collins, Millwood Lodge No. 198, Unadilla.
Earl Densmore, Jr., Sonora Lodge No. 221, Sonoraville.
James B. Phillips, Oothcaloga Lodge No. 154, Calhoun.
Merrill L. Clark, Walton Lodge No. 200, Shady Dale.
Ted H. Hendon, Bartlett Lodge No. 139, Dallas.
Harry A. Bruno, Cochran Lodge No. 217, Cochran.
Harry Cuppett, Jr., Jeffersonville Lodge No. 133, Jeffersonville.
George W. Campbell, Cartersville Lodge No. 63, Cartersville.
Howard M. Howell, Cartersville Lodge No. 63, Cartersville.
Ralph H. Chandler, Clarkston Lodge No. 492, Clarkston.
Robert (Bobby) L. Jones, Clarkston Lodge No. 492, Clarkston.
Carlton T. Ethridge, Riverdale Lodge No. 709, Riverdale.
Gary H. Leazer, Clarkston Lodge No. 492, Clarkston.
Jack L. Hepner, Zerubbabel Lodge No. 15, Savannah.
Ernest A. McCorkle, Richard T. Turner Lodge No. 116, Pooler.
Donald I. Dekalb, Tyrian Lodge No. 111, Warner Robins.
J. Lynn Turner, Travelers Rest Lodge No. 65, Montezuma.
William T. Economy, Dalton Lodge No. 105, Dalton.
Wilford M. Hall, Dalton Lodge No. 105, Dalton.
Storey A. Tate, Unity Lodge No. 36, Jefferson.
Jeremy C. Conlon, Clarkston Lodge No. 492, Clarkston.
John E. Kierbow, Stephens Lodge No. 586, Manchester.
Harold D. Culpepper, Kimbrough Lodge No. 118, Cataula.
Dan Boyles Jr., Mountain Park Lodge No. 729, Stone Mountain.
Thomas Richard Conn, Grayson Lodge No. 549, Grayson.
Charles E. Long, Morning Star Lodge No. 349, Fairmont.
Mark A. Bradley, Unity Lodge No. 36, Jefferson.
J. Timothy Ingram, Pickens Star Lodge No. 220, Ellijay.
Thomas E. Gurley, Dallas Lodge No. 182, Dallas.
Joseph W. Watson, Rutland Lodge No. 298, Macon.
Michael A. Kessler, Fulton Lodge No. 216, Atlanta.
James C. Newsome, Jr., Caledonia Lodge No. 121, Rome.
S. Joe Colvard, Philomathea Lodge No. 25, Elberton.
Wiley Q. Forrester, III, Buford Lodge No. 292, Buford.
Donald C. Combs, Frank F. Baker Lodge No. 46, Garden City.
Tom D. Bruce, Tucker Lodge No. 42, Tucker.
Raymond C. Gray, Sr., Tucker Lodge No. 42, Tucker.
M. Gary Monk, Roswell Lodge No. 165, Roswell.
T. Ray Sikes, Mansfield Lodge No. 489, Mansfield.
F. Keith Hales, Pickens Star Lodge No. 220, Jasper.
James Robert Harris, Hickory Flat Lodge No. 205, Canton.
R. Russell (Rusty) Cordle, Mableton Lodge No. 171, Mableton.
James A. Childress, James W. Akin No. 537, Taylorsville.
Jeffery L. Smith, Lawrenceville Lodge No. 131, Lawrenceville.
Van S. (Mac) McGee, Meridian Sun No. 26, Griffin.
Paul H. Carter, Meridian Sun Lodge No. 26, Griffin.
Dennis W. Hewatt, Roswell Lodge No. 165, Roswell.