Bunn T. Phillips, Past Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina, from Rockingham, is still active in Masonry at 89.
Phillips presented a program on Masonic education at Hamlet Lodge No. 532 on Sept. 12.
He said, “As I enter the sunset years of my life, I am grateful for the three score and thirty years that God has granted me, on this earth. First and foremost, in my memories, is a deep seated faith in Almighty God, through the saving Grace of Jesus Christ, that was instilled, at my Mother’s knee. Second, the privilege of sharing 54 years (which death ended, in 2002) with my ‘little red headed Quaker wife, Virginia’ and being blessed with three of the greatest sons (all Masons) any parents could ever ask for.
“For sixty two of my eighty nine years, I have been privileged to labor in the quarries of Freemasonry and afforded the opportunity to serve at the highest levels of that great fraternity. Perhaps the greatest of those privileges, has been the opportunity it afforded, to visit lodges across this great state, literally from Manteo to Murphy and to rub shoulders with the men who form the nucleus of our fraternity. For more than forty of those years, I have been asked to conduct solemn Masonic Rites for departed brethren, across the state (and in S.C.) including more than ten Past Grand Masters and elective Grand Lodge officers. No Masonic honor is higher than to sit in lodge, on the level, with a group of Master Masons.
“One of the greatest lessons to be learned in Freemasonry is to accept the fact that it is not a religion and offers no plan of salvation and must never be used as a substitute for one’s relationship with God,” said Phillips.