Jimmy White of Manila was honored for 50 years of service by the Manila Masonic Lodge. White received a 50 year pin and certificate on Monday, Dec. 6. The award was presented by Carl Brooks, Worshipful Master.
(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
White was raised to Master Mason on Nov. 11, 1958 in Corpus Christie, Texas.
White, a native of Manila and retired major in the United States Air Force, was in Kodiak, Alaska, when he initiated his training in the Masons at the age of 24.
He brought his membership to the Manila Lodge in 1961 and has been a member here ever since.
He retired from the Air Force in 1979 and returned to Manila where he opened a shoe manufacturing industry in 1990. The manufacturing business closed in 2003 and he now has a wholesale footwear distribution center in Manila.
Through all of White's travels he always considered Manila home. He was born and raised one block from where the Masonic Lodge is today.
He has had an interesting life and can say he has been in every state except Maine, and has visited in 17 foreign countries.
White expressed his appreciation for the pin and said he hopes to be around for a 100 year pin.
Brooks said other members of the Manila Lodge to hold the 50 year status include Paul Robbins of Manila, Montie Grimes of Leachville, Buddy Jolliff of Gulfport, Miss., and Woodrow Henry of Manila.