Lives of service honored by Masonic Lodge
Salado Masonic Lodge #296 honored two long-time members with 65-year and 60-year Service Awards from the Grand Lodge of Texas during a potluck luncheon at the Salado Civic Center.
Master Brian Arnett presents John W. “Jack” Oliver, Jr. with a 65 year service award and lapel pin. He joined Masonry due to the influence of his father and a First Sergeant he served with during his military career. He was initiated and passed in Victorville Lodge #634 in Victorville, California. Oliver was raised as a Master Mason on Oct. 1, 1951 at Parkville Lodge, Missouri. Oliver is also a member of the Scottish Rite and the Shrine. Oliver’s father J.W. Oliver, Sr. was a Master of Belton Masonic Lodge #166.
Arnett present Truett Williams with a 60-year Service Award certificate and pin. Williams was made a Master Mason in Salado Lodge on October 6, 1956. Truett was the Worshipful Master of Salado Masonic Lodge #296 in 1961-62. He has also served as Tiler, Junior Steward, Senior Steward, Junior Warden, Senior Warden and Treasurer. He was presented with the Golden Trowel on March 29, 2012. Born on January 31, 1925 in Minerva, Texas, he came to Salado as child. He attended school in Salado at the old red schoolhouse that became the Salado Civic Center. Family and friends were happy to attend. He owned S&W Foods for many years, one of the early grocery stores in Salado. He served in World War II in the U.S. Nacy.
(Photos by Marilyn Fleischer)