Room of Remembrances

Passing of MIC Kenneth E. Dyer, 1942-2021

Right Puissant Companion Kenneth Eccles Dyer
Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of Mississippi
April 6, 1942 - January 28, 2021

MIC Kenneth Eccles Dyer
MIC Kenneth E. Dyer
PMIGM of Mississippi

From the Grand Council of Mississippi:

Brethren, on the morning of January 28, 2021, we have been informed of the passing of Past Grand Master Kenneth Eccles Dyer, and his lovely Lady, Gloria, earlier this morning. Details are currently vague, but Brother Dyer collapsed and, upon him being pronounced deceased, his Lady followed him home.

Ken is a Brother whose influence and offices in Freemasonry run so deep that it would take several pages to inform you of all of his service and accolades through the years. Here are just a few highlights. Most Worshipful Brother Ken Dyer served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi, F. & A. M. in 2013-2014. He was currently serving as the Chairman of both the Finance & Printing and Perpetual Membership Committees. He also served on the Board of Directors for the GL of MS Foundation.

Companion Dyer served as Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Mississippi in 2011, and as Illustrious Grand Master of Royal and Select Masters of Mississippi in 2002. Sir Knight Dyer served as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Mississippi in 2005.    Companion Dyer also served as Regional Deputy General Grand High Priest from 2017-2020 and Regional Deputy General Grand Master from 2014-2017 for the Southeast Region.

It is certainly not our intent to leave anything out. Brother Dyer was particularly heavily involved with York Rite Freemasonry, including offices within the General Grand bodies, and I trust many others will be able to share stories of his laudable work.

"He who trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is, shall be as a tree planted by the waters and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and suffereth not when the hot days come, but her leaf shall continue green; neither shall be consumed in the year of drought, neither shall cease from bearing fruit."

Details on arrangements are not yet known.



Kenneth Eccles Dyer, 78, and Gloria Joyce Dyer, 81 of Columbus, MS passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021, at their residence. After a lifetime of being together on this earth, they left to be together forever within an hour and fifteen minutes of each other. This is a testament to their 60 + year commitment of love and epitomizes their marriage vows till death do they part.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 1:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro. Byron Benson officiating.

Mr. Dyer was born April 6, 1942, in Whitewater, MO to the late Elwin and Addie Cappella Dyer. He received his bachelor's degree in Math from Southeastern Louisana University. Mr. Dyer retired from Weyerhaeuser Co after 26 years as the Safety Traning Manager. He was currently employed with East Mississippi Community College as Technical Training and Instructor. Mr. Dyer was a member of Masonic Grand Lodge of Mississippi, Knights Templer of Mississippi, Shriners of Mississippi, Yorkrites of Mississippi, and Scottishrites of Mississippi. He was an umpire and called games during the 1980 Little League World Series as well as with the Southeastern Conference – Mississippi State Baseball from 1985 – 1989. Mr. Dyer was a member of East End Baptist Church.

Mrs. Dyer was born September 27, 1939, to the late Willie and Florence Reid Rushing in New Orleans, LA. She was a member of the Eastern Star of Mississippi and East End Baptist Church. Mrs. Dyer worked as a teacher for several years and at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS as a switchboard operator from 2006 – 2010. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dyer was preceded in death by her 2 sisters – Gladys Rushing and Gwen Baker.

They were preceded in death by their daughter – Ginger Rogers; 2 grandchildren – Jeremy Rogers and Rueben Rogers and 2 great-grandchildren – Caleb Bankston and Chase Bankston.

Mr. & Mrs. Dyer were survived by their daughters – Gina Dyer, Greta Miller, Gidget Dyer, Gawain McGuff; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; Mr. Dyer’s – brother – Keith Dyer and sisters – Karen Tullier and Karolyn Featherston and Mrs. Dyer’s sister – Glenda Holliday.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the Masonic Grand Lodge of MS, Knights Templar of MS. Shriners of MS, Yorkrites of MS, Scottishrites of MS, Eastern Star of MS, and students of EMCC Systems Based Automation and Control Program.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Passing of MIC Wayne White, 1930-2020

Most Illustrious Companion Wayne Lee White
Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of Kansas
October 14, 1930 - December 17, 2020

MIC Wayne Lee White
MIC Wayne Lee White PMIGM of Kansas

Wichita, Kansas - Wayne Lee White, Age 90, a lifelong Sumner County resident, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather, passed away Thursday afternoon, December 17, 2020 @ Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS. Wayne managed Electronic Computer Aided Design Operations for Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita and retired after 39 years of service. Wayne L. White was born on October 14, 1930 in Wellington, KS to Roy L. White and Jennie "Faye" (Barnes) White. Wayne was a graduate of Wellington High School, Class of 1948, Wichita Business College, Friends University (BS), and Webster University (MA).

His military schooling includes Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, Air War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Wayne retired from the US Army with the rank of Colonel.

He was affiliated with many organizations, including several Masonic Lodges, Wichita Scottish Rite, York Rite, Midian Shrine, National Sojourners, Inc., and High Twelve Club. He served as Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Kansas the 2011-2012 year. Other associations include Wellington Jaycees, American Legion Post # 90, Reserve Officers Association, Military Order of the World Wars, and Sons of the American Revolution.

Wayne married Helen L. Fauchier on September 1, 1957 at Grace Methodist Church in Wichita, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Helen White of Wellington; three daughters, Micki Wilson of Buhler, KS; Dana Russell (Bob) of Wellington, and Jacki Redd (Steve) of Wichita, KS; brother Melvin White (Irene) of Peck, KS; grandchildren, Chelsea (Ross) Barker, Emily (David) Crupper, Ann Marie Wilson, Adam Russell, Jennie Russell, Heather (Mike) Bullard: great grandchildren, Wynnie Barker, Cozy Barker, Wilson Crupper, Taylor Schoenhoff, Bailey Dickerson, Riley Dickerson; and great great grandchild, Lily Adams; one nephew, Bryan White of Wichita, KS and niece, Terri White Osborne of Haysville, KS.

Private family funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 @ 1:00 at First United Methodist Church, Wellington. Pastors Alan Lindal and Isaac Chua will officiate. The service will be live streamed on the church FB page. Interment will follow the service at Sumner Memorial Gardens with Masonic Rites followed by Military Honors by American Legion Tom Schwinn Post # 90.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 21, 2020 from 1:00 - 7:00 P.M.

When attending, please adhere to the current public gathering guidelines by wearing a face mask.

Memorials have been established with the First United Methodist Church of Wellington, the Kansas Masonic Home, and Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society in lieu of flowers. Contributions can be left at or mailed to the funeral home.

Passing of MIC Thomas Jacks, 1942-2020

Most Illustrious Companion Thomas A. Jacks
Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of Kansas
July 8, 1942-November 30, 2020

MIC Thomas A. Jacks
MIC Thomas A. Jacks
PMIGM of Kansas

Thomas A. Jacks, 78, passed away at 8:29 p.m., November 30, 2020 at Via Christi Hospital.

He was born July 8, 1942 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Curtis A. and Glenda Arlene (Gahman) Jacks. He graduated from Pittsburg High School and attended Pittsburg State University.

On August 13, 1961, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Johns.

Mr. Jacks worked for the State of Kansas, and was a Patrolman for 17 years at Pittsburg State University. He retired in 2001.

Membership was held in several Masonic organizations, including the Marvin Armstrong Masonic Lodge #187, where he served as secretary; Black Diamond Lodge #247 of Weir, Kansas; Red Cross of Constantine; York Rite Masons; Scottish Rite of Ft. Scott; Mirza Shrine; Order of Eastern Star, where he served as Worthy Patron and as a Past Rainbow Dad. He also served as Most Illustrious Grand Master in 2009 and Most Excellent Grand High Priest in 2018.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Jacks of the home; two sons, Mark Jacks and his wife, Laura of Pittsburg and Brian Jacks and his wife, Lynae of Sierra Vista, Arizona; three grandchildren, Blaise, Tommy and Briana and 3 great-grandsons.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter Crystal Marie.

A Private Graveside Memorial Service will be held at a later date with Pastor Donnie Talent officiating. The family suggests memorials be given to the Marvin Armstrong Masonic Lodge #187 for a perpetual memorial fund for Tom. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.