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“Leading by the POWER of EXAMPLE can define you”
Vice President Joe Biden , 2017
When you hear my crazy southern accent, I doubt you think of me as a California native. It’s true. Nellie Broce brought me into this world on March 20th, 1950 in Oakland, California. About a year or so later, Dad, Randolph moved the family back to Blacksburg to care for my grandfather. We returned to the family farm in the mountains of Blacksburg. Since April 1951, Blacksburg has been my home.
My education is in Industrial Mechanic. Radford Arsenal and Virginia Tech Power House employeed my services for many years. The National Guard had me at Fort Polk, Louisianna “Tiger Land” for a little while. Consequently I served six years in Army National Guard. I was a machine gunner, wasn’t a very good one, didn’t shoot anybody. Since retirement my brother, Roger, and I have managed the family farm where we raise Black Angus cattle.
Most of my time is dedicated to Masonic work. In 1991 I was raised in Newport Lodge No. 261. Over the last twenty six years I have been a member of many appendant bodies, served as District Deputies and multiple officer positions. In Commandery I traveled with the drill team for competition from 1997-2016 and enjoyed trips to several beautiful cities. As a Shriner I traveled with the “MISFITS” clown unit. Presently I am Grand Governor for the YRSCNA, and have traveled across the U S and Canada. Until this year Masonic Blue Lodge work occupied about 70% of my time, as it should be. My passion is learning lectures and presenting them in an inspirational form.
My wife is Debbie, a retired critical care nurse. She was the charge nurse in the ICU of Montgomery Regional hospital on April 16th, 2007 caring for victims from Virginia Tech. She supports me in so many ways. My daughter is Stacye Love and my son is Chad Eric who has our two cherished grand children; Eliza and Nathan.
In our church, New Mt. Zion Lutheran, I serve as trustee and usher. We also help with the local food bank and try to contribute to various community projects.
As a Mason I have met some very incredible people over the years. Masons are the most compassionate, charitable group of citizens I know with such integrity! It gives me great pride to call each of you “brother”/”companion”.
Lead by Example