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Spring Reunion May 17, 2014, James E. Miller Class

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James E. Miller

Grand Master—1998-1999


James Edwin Miller was born January 26, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Henry William and Marie Clark Miller. 
In 1935 he moved with his parents to Southern California where he spent his childhood and teen years. After graduation from Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California, he entered UCLA and received a commission through the ROTC program in 1952 as an Infantry Second Lieutenant in the Army. He was called to active duty in 1953 and subsequently received his wings as an Army
Aviator in 1955. His overseas service included Germany, Korea, and Vietnam. Most Worshipful Brother Miller retired from active duty on September 1, 1973 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and settled in Columbus, Georgia. His military awards and decorations are many for he was an outstanding soldier throughout the years of service he rendered to our great country.


Most Worshipful Brother Miller was married to the former Elizabeth Shirley Hollister in 1953 and to this union were born two sons, Paul M. Miller, who
resides in Columbus, Georgia, and Clarke C. Miller of Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Millers are proud grandparents of two grandsons, Cameron J. Miller (wife, Heather) of Austin, Texas, and Derek J. Miller of Atlanta, Georgia.


After retirement from the Army, Most Worshipful Brother Miller returned to college and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Columbus College (now Columbus State University), graduating Summa cum Laude. During this time, he and Liz formed a retail and wholesale craft supply business, which they sold in 1983. Liz continued for many years to
work in the craft industry as a free-lance designer, demonstrator and instructor. The Millers are active
members of St. Luke, United Methodist Church of Columbus, where they both have served in a variety of positions.


In 1948, Brother Miller became a member of Glendale (California) Chapter, Order of DeMolay and served as the Master Councilor in 1950. He served as Scribe Advisor for the Chapter and subsequently received the Chevalier Degree and the Active Legion of Honor. In 1999, while serving as Grand Master, he was presented his gold 50-year DeMolay pin and on June 26, 1999, he was elected an Honorary Member of the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay. He is an active member of the Georgia Statewide cast that confers the Legion of Honor. Brother Miller has served for many years as a member and Chairman of the Advisory Council of Columbus Chapter, Order of DeMolay.


Most Worshipful Brother Miller received his Masonic Blue Lodge Degrees in Daleville Lodge No. 903, of Daleville, Alabama and was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on March 14, 1959. 
He served as Secretary and was serving as Senior Warden of the Lodge when he was transferred to Korea in 1960. In 1979, Brother Jim affiliated with Fort Benning Lodge No. 579, F. & A. M., of Columbus, and subsequently served as Worshipful Master in 1984. He later served in the Masonic
Education and Leadership Development program of the Grand Lodge from 1989 until April of 1992. Upon the untimely death of Right Worshipful Brother Hoyt Padgett in April of 1992, Brother Miller was appointed to the Grand Lodge Line as Third Grand Steward by Right Worshipful Brother Joseph P. Suttles. He served through the Grand Lodge Line and was installed in the office of Most Worshipful Grand Master on October 21, 1998.


After completing his year as the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Miller continued his service to the Grand Lodge in a variety of positions. He served as Chairman of the Appeals and Grievances Committee in 2000, as Chairman of the Grand Lodge Long Range Planning Committee from 2001 through 2006, as a member for many years of the Educational and Historical Commission and as a member of the Grand Lodge
Jurisprudence Committee.


Most Worshipful Brother Miller was instrumental in the formation of a Daylight Lodge in Columbus and served as Worshipful Master while the Lodge was
Under Dispensation from August 2008 until the Charter was received in October 2008. He was then the “Charter Master” of West Georgia Daylight Lodge No. 760 until December of 2009.


Brother and Companion Miller was exalted in Fort Benning Chapter No. 73, Royal Arch Masons in 1979, and served as High Priest in 1983. He served as District Grand Deputy to the Grand High Priest in 1983—1985, was elected Grand Master the Second Veil in 1985 and served as Grand High Priest in 1991—1992. He received the Order of the High Priesthood in 1984 and served as Excellent President of the Order of the High Priesthood in 1999. 
He was greeted in Fort Benning Council No. 73, Royal and Select Masters and served as Illustrious Master in 1984 and received the Order of the Silver Trowel in 1985. He was knighted in St.
Aldemar Commandery No. 3, Knights Templar in 1979 and served as Eminent Commander in 1987—1988. He received the Knight Commander of the Temple in 1994 and the Knight Crusader of the Cross in 2002. He received the Knights Templar Cross of Honor in 2003 and served as Grand Orator of the Grand Commandery in 2007—2008. Sir Knight Miller was appointed as a member of the Knights Templar Educational Committee of the Grand Commandery in 1993 and served for many years as Chairman of the Committee.


Brother, Companion and Sir Knight Miller was received as a Knight in Georgia Priory No. 39, Knights of the York Cross of Honor in 1988 and served as Prior in 1993—1994. He was a Charter
member of Luther G. Palmer York Rite College No. 123 in Atlanta and was the Charter Governor of Chattahoochee York Rite College No. 166 in Columbus. He received the Order of the Purple Cross in 1994 and served as Grand Governor in Georgia for the York Rite Sovereign College of North America from 1996 to 2002.


Illustrious Brother Miller received the Scottish Rite Degrees in the Valley of Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in 1965 and affiliated with the Valley of Columbus, Georgia in 1976. He served for many years as the Assistant Director of Work and as the Valley General Secretary from 1986 until he retired in 2003. 
He received the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1979 and was Coroneted as an Inspector General, Honorary, of the 33rd Degree in 1985. He continued to serve
the Valley after his retirement from the Secretary’s position as a member of the Executive Committee and as President of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Columbus, Inc. For many years, he was
the Grand Master of Ceremonies in the state-wide cast conferring the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour and also served as the Grand Sword Bearer and Grand Organist for the state-wide team conferring the 33rd Degree.


Most Worshipful Brother Miller became a member of the National Sojourners in 1959 while he was stationed at Ft. Rucker, Alabama and also that
year, he was made a member of the Heroes of ’76. While attending the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in 1965, he affiliated with the Sojourners Chapter and Heroes Camp at that post. 
After becoming active in the Masonic Bodies of Columbus, Georgia, Brother Miller affiliated with Ft. Benning Chapter No. 8, National Sojourners,
serving as the President of the Chapter. 
He also affiliated with Daniel Morgan Camp, Heroes of ’76 and served as Commander of the Camp.


Most Worshipful Brother Miller was a member of many other appendant bodies, which included:


Muscogee Conclave, Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, serving as Sovereign in 1989 and, beginning in 1991, as Recorder for many years.


Charter member of Georgia Council No. 304, Allied Masonic Degrees, and Sovereign Master in 1999. He is a Charter member and Treasurer of River City Council No. 526, Allied Masonic Degrees.


Ft. Benning Chapter No. 278, Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Patron in 1982-1983 and 2002-2003, and for many years as the Treasurer.


Upper Room Tabernacle No. XLV, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, serving as Eminent Preceptor in 2000.


Al Sihah Shrine Temple; Georgia college, S.R.I.C.F.; Georgia Lodge of Research; Carl F. Lester, Jr., Council No. 65, Knight Masons; and the Royal Order of Scotland.


In 2000, Brother Miller was awarded the Grand Cross of Color for Distinguished Service by the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

Our Spring Reunion is TBD and scheduled for Spring 2014. This is in the planning phase, more information will be posted in the coming months. The DOW and Degree Captains are asking for new cast members to step foward.

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Membership Information

 Being the General Secretary of the Valley of  Columbus, I have found one of the most important duties of a Secretary is keeping up the membership roster, which contains your mailing address and contact  information. If you move and do not notify the Secretary, your correspondence  goes to the wrong address and it costs your Scottish Rite, or any other Body you may belong to, money.


 As you all know, the cost of mail is going “out of sight”. Take a little time, inform the
Secretary of your new address and you will receive all the newsletters, dues
notices, and any other information that is important to you. We have many members
who we cannot reach by mail and consequently are going to be suspended because
of Non-Payment of Dues.

 As we hope all of our members want to continue their membership, things happen so the proper way to end your membership is to make sure that you are paid up (dues) and request a Demit. Please help your Secretary and notify him if you should change your address. Please check your dues card!!!!!!It should read 2014. Please remit your dues. When your dues are received at the Scottish Rite Center, your card will be promptly mailed out. If you have any questions concerning your dues, please let the General Secretary know.


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The Scottish Rite , Valley of Columbus
1027 - 2nd Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 727
Columbus, GA 31902

Phone: +1.706.322.3091