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Mackey Lodge No. 69

P.O. Box 358

Rustburg, Virginia  24588

(434) 821-1958







Past Master Monsey Gasaway Haskins, of Mackey #69 passed away Friday, May 13,2011 at his residence in Chatham, Virginia.  Masonic Rites service will be Monday, May 16, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church.



Jesse Allen Cowart, Sr., 83, passed away, Sunday, March 6, 2011, after a long illness. Jesse was born on January 4, 1928, the first child of Marion Jesse and Thelma Wilson Cowart.

Jesse is survived by his wife of 62 years, Muriel Faler Cowart and their seven children, Ronald and Robin Cowart of Rustburg, Karen and Edward Taylor of Bedford, Leonard (Butch) and Carolyn Cowart of Altavista, Marian G. Lemons of Reidsville, Jesse A., Jr. and Judy Cowart of Gladys, Sean Cowart and lifemate Todd Gunderson of Raleigh, and Shannon M. Cowart and lifemate C.J. Jenkins of Greensboro. Jesse was "Papa" to 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and two very special kitties - K-Kat and Mollie.

Jesse was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie N. Stanley and a brother, Earl T. Cowart. He is survived by five brothers and their wives, Leonard and Nancy of Rustburg, Louis and Nancy of GA, Larry and Carolyn of Rustburg, Roger and Barbara of Amherst, Dennis and Pam of Rustburg and a special sister-in-law, Mrs. Earl (Nancy) Cowart.

Jesse went into the service in the USAF one week after graduating high school and served his country for 6 years. After retiring from the USAF, he started selling insurance and continued to advance until he started his own insurance agency that he operated with his son Jesse, Jr., his granddaughter, Julie Blakely and his dedicated secretary Tammy Zimmerman in Greensboro.

Jesse had many loves, the first being his faith in God and then his family. He was an avid horse lover and is the current president of the Colorado Ranger Horse Association (CRHA) and a member of Appaloosa Horse Association and a breeder of the two types of horses.

Jesse loved sports of all types but baseball was his #1 sport. He loved to play baseball and did so as a child, a teen, in service for the Airforce Base Team and after returning home from service, played on the county leagues. Once his children became old enough to play, Jesse started coaching little league, which he did for five years in Fairfax, VA and then his job kept him on the road. He still took every chance he could to watch his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play baseball or softball.

Jesse was a Mason and a member of the Masonic Lodge #69 AF and AM. Jesse will be missed by his family and friends, but they all know he is safe in God's hands.

A funeral service will be conducted, 1 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Diamond Hill Presbyterian Church on Mollie's Creek Road in Gladys with the Rev. Susie Atkinson and Rev. Sam Caldwell officiating. Interment will follow at Cumbie Memorial Cemetery in Rustburg, where the Masonic Lodge #69 AF and AM will present Masonic Rites and the American Legion Post 16 will present Military Honors.

The family will receive friends, 6 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel and at other times at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Diamond Hill Presbyterian Church, 1090 Mollie's Creek Rd., Gladys, VA, 24554.

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Whitten Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Timberlake Chapel is serving the family.


Richard William "Buddy" Crist, Sr.  of Rustburg passed away Thursday August 2, 2012. He was married 53 years to Nancy Schley Crist. Richard was born August 28, 1939 in Lynchburg, the son of the late William and Lillan Crist of Madison Heights. Richard was also preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Ann Crist. He is survived by his two daughters, Sharon Crist Rakes and her husband, David of Forest, and Carolyn Crist Burgess and her husband, Titus of Altavista; one son, Richard W. Crist, Jr. of Bedford. Also a very loving Best Friend his dog "Hummer"; eight grandchildren, Emily Rakes Woody, Crystal Burgess Hicks, Jaclyn Burgess Carter, Kayla Rakes, Titus " Tyler" Burgess, Jr., Tara Burgess Dalton, Keith Burgess, Troy Burgess; and eight great grandchildren. Richard worked 40 years for G.E. / Ericsson, customer service center. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Mackey No. 69 Rustburg, Va. He was a long time member of the Lyn-Dan Heights Ruritan Club and past president of the ruritan. He was a member of Mead Memorial United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Whitten Timberlake Chapel conducted by the Rev. George Hatmaker and Rev. Thomas Hicks. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park with Masonic rites at the grave. The family will receive friends today at the funeral home from 6: 00-8:00 p.m.



Ralph (Papo) Parsons Ralph William Parsons of Lynchburg, died peacefully Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the loving husband of Doris Mae (Dhu) Estabrook Clemenson Parsons for the last 45 years. Born in Rolandus, Ohio on August 6, 1916, he was a son of the late Connel Otimer Parsons and Mary Moody Parsons and was also preceded in death by a brother, Connel Parsons, Jr.; a sister, Ina Zastudil and a daughter, Judy Lynn Parsons. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Roger C. Parsons of Fort Myers, FL, David Clemenson and wife, Judy of Okeechobee, FL, Julianne Scullen of Lynchburg, Greg Clemenson and wife, Carol of Forest; 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Ralph served his country both in the Ohio National Guard and in the US Army during WW II. He retired from Babcock & Wilcox after 46 years of service and was a member of Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church. Volunteering was an important part of his life; he was active in Boy Scouts and over the years earned a Silver Beaver Award. At the age of 21, he petitioned the Master of Victory Masonic Lodge # 649 to join the Masonry and in September 2012 was awarded his 75 year pin. In 1980, Ralph joined the Lynchburg Shrine Club in order to become a Shrine Clown. This is where he found his calling as "Papo the Clown." He visited and entertained children in Shriners Hospitals, local hospitals, schools, churches and birthday parties. The family would like to express appreciation to all the nurses in STICU at Lynchburg General Hospital for their tender loving care. A funeral service will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2012 in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service by the Rev. Bart Edwards with burial to follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park with Masonic Rites. The family will receive friends Friday, December 28, 2012 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Service, 427 Graves Mill Road. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Street, Greenville, SC 29605. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory, (434) 239-2405 is assisting the family. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at


Binford Burks Nash Sr. of 1094 Pigeon Run Road, Gladys died unexpectedly on Thursday, November 14, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Bessie Brown Nash for over sixty years. He was born August 14, 1933 in Appomattox County, a son of the late Hunter S. Nash and Willie Burks Nash. He was a member of Kedron Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and trustee. Binnie was the former owner of Nash Trucking Inc., a charter member of the Gladys Volunteer Fire Department and Gladys Ruritan Club, held membership in Mackey Lodge #69 A.F. and A.M. for over 50 years. He was the recipient in 2012 of the Golden Achievement Award for over 50 years in the trucking business given by the American Truck Historical Society and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Binford Burks Nash Jr. "Little Binnie" and his wife, Susan of Gladys; a daughter, Deborah Nash Burman and her husband, Don of Eagle Point, Oregon; two brothers, Buford H. Nash and wife, Janet of Gladys and Paul T. Nash and wife, Peggy of Ohio; five grandchildren, Jennifer N. Becker (Matthew), Keri B. Castro (Daniel), Jessica L. Nash, Collin N. Burman (Nicole), and Jillian E. Nash; two great grandchildren, Lily Becker and Presley Burman. He was preceded in death by a brother, David S. Nash. A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Kedron Baptist Church, Gladys by the Rev. Brian Reynolds with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Military honors by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honor Guard. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall and other times at the residence. The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider Kedron Baptist Church, c/o Mission Trip to Guatemala, P.O. Box 38, Gladys, VA 24554. Finch and Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Gladys is in charge of arrangements. Please visit the online tribute at to share a memory or send a condolence to the family.



Solemn strikes the funeral chime,

Notes of our departing time;

As we journey here below,

Through a pilgrimage of wo!


Mortals, now indulge a tear,

For mortality is near!

See how wide her trophies wave

O'er the slumbers of the grave!


Here another guest we bring,---

Seraphs of celestial wing,

To our fun'ral alter come,

Waft this friend and brother home.


There, enlarged, they soul shall see

What was veiled in mystery;

Heavenly glories of the place

Show his Maker face to face.


Lord of  all! below---above---

Fill our hearts with truth and love;

When dissolves our earthly tie,

Take us to thy Lodge on high.



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