Monette Masonic Lodge holds awards night
The Monette Masonic Lodge #558 held it's annual award's night on May 16, and presented two prestigious community awards.
Worshipful Master Raymond Baldridge died in office, in November 2005. His brother and fellow lodge member, Devane Baldridge, presented Raymond's wife Betty Baldridge and her family with a keepsake Masonic Apron, and the Monette Mason of the Year Award, posthumously.
Baldridge family members present included Kevin and Kathy Baldridge, Micah and Colby Edwards, Sonia Baldridge, Aaron Baldridge and friend from Jonesboro.
District Deputy Grand Master Gerald Hoggard of Piggott presented Kenneth Richardson with his 50 year Masonic Service Pin.
Kenneth Miller Richardson was raised to Master Mason in the Blytheville Chickasawba Lodge #134, of free and accepted masons of Arkansas, on March 15, 1956. Albert Johnson of Monette conferred the Maters Degree on Richardson at the Chickasawba Lodge.
Richardson was selected Chapter Day by the lodge to organize The Order of DeMolay for boys. Girls had their own organization, called The Order of Rainbows.
On July 16, 1974, Richardson petitioned the Monette Masonic Lodge #558 for a transfer from the Blytheville Lodge. He was accepted for membership in the Monette Lodge on Aug. 20, 1974.
Kenneth and his wife, Myra Richardson, have one daughter, Karen Brown of North Little Rock.