Making Good Men, Better Men Since Time Immemorial
Making Good Men, Better Men Since Time Immemorial


*Service Date Change* Obituary of Mrs. Shirley Brackin

Please keep the family of Mrs. Shirley Brackin in your prayers. She is the Widow of Most Worshipful Brother Joseph Brackin, Past Grand Master. She is also the Mother of our current Senior Grand Deacon, Brother Allen Brackin.


Shirley Henderson Brackin, of Dothan, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was 85 years old.

Funeral services will be held 3p.m. on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at Sunset Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Mike Pearson and Rev. Teresa Seevers officiating. Burial will follow at Dothan City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-3 p.m. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Greystone United Methodist Church, 4401 Fortner Street, Dothan AL 36305.

Shirley was born on December 16, 1935 to the late John Asa and Katherine Henderson. She was a majorette at Dothan High school and graduated in the class of 1954. After high school, Shirley married the love of her life, Joseph Brackin, and they would be married for almost 50 years before his passing. Shirley worked at Fort Rucker as the Inspector General for 33 years until her retirement. She was a dedicated member of Greystone United Methodist Church, formally Lafayette Street UMC, where she served as the Church Financial Secretary, Sunday School teacher, and charter member. She was also a member and secretary of the Forsythia Garden Club.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph Brackin; and her sister, Bobbie H. Jackson.

She is survived by her sons, Allen (Mary Beth) Brackin, Mark (Kathy) Brackin, and David (Kris) Brackin; Her grandson, Matthew (Fiancée Cassie) Brackin; step-grandson’s, Michael Monday, Chris (Elisha) Hollis, and Joey (Erica) Hollis; several great step-grandchildren; her brother, Johnnie (Helen) Henderson; and a host of extended family members and friends.

Updates To Our Website…


I hope you are all doing well during these times. Your Internet Committee has taken this time to focus on some of the many things we have planned for our website. This communication is being made in an attempt to keep everyone updated on some of the items we have being working to make better.

As many of you well know, this website started back in the days when the internet was a safer place, without the effects of modern day malicious entities. Back before spam or malware or ransomware was a concern.

At some point during this site’s lifespan, it was decided to create an online electronic directory for members to be able to provide a point of contact so that others might be able to reach out to them. This gave birth to what became known in Alabama as the “e-M@sons” section of our webpage. This was originally created as a single webpage with the provided (and verified) information being hand coded into a static HTML webpage. As technology advanced and more volunteers came on-board with the Internet Committee, this process became database driven, and eventually became an automated process where brethren could submit their information (or change requests) and the Internet Committee could then review the entries and submit the changes with the click of an approve button. But as time went on, we as a committee began discussing the serious concerns of publicly posting what is now considered Personally Identifiable Information.

With the recent advancements and feature releases that have been provided by the team at GrandView Systems, we now have a seamless way to migrate this entire function cohesively into our “Grand Lodge Database” that is used by our Grand Secretary and our member Secretaries.

The GrandView database now offers the ability for a member of our Grand Jurisdiction to log into GrandView and search for basic member information (Name, Lodge Affiliation, Phone, Email). There is also a feature to allow a Brother to opt-out of allowing anyone from being able to search against his personal information. But as a reminder, this is ONLY available to authorized users in GrandView (i.e. Masons within Alabama and the Office Staff of the Grand Secretary)

Officers & Committees Pages

Keeping with this same process of removing Personally Identifiable Information where we can, we have updated our Officers Page and our Committees Pages so they no longer list more than a person’s Name and Lodge Affiliation. If we have an email address on file for them, then there is now a link provided that will let you submit a form which in turn emails that intended contact for you. This eliminates us providing a personal email address while still allowing you the ability to reach those important contacts when you might now know the right person or might not have their email address.

Event Notifications

Also, over time and based on the requests of the Brethren, we began sending out nightly automate emails to our registered e-M@sons. This feature is now a separately powered process, and there is a form embedded directly beneath our events calendar that allows users to subscribe to our various automated emails. If a user that is already registered for automated emails submits this form, it will tell them the email address is already registered and will send them a direct email with a link to edit their subscription options. However, if a user is already registered, then every automated email they receive includes a link at the bottom that will let them edit their settings.

For iPhone users, we have published a method to allow you to subscribe to a shared calendar. This allows you to select various subscription options (like a Masonic Group, Masonic District, or Appendant Body) and it will add a calendar directly to your device that gets automatically updated with new event data.

Lodge Supplies

We also built a secure online store for our Lodge Secretaries. This is only available to Lodge Secretaries, and it simply provides an electronic means for them to order items for your Lodge. If a Lodge Secretary has any issues with this section, please feel free to contact the Internet Committee directly and we would be MORE than happy to assist you.

Online Engagement

When we updated the website to its current platform, we added several Blogs. For example, many of you have seen the various COVID-19 related announcements from our Grand Master Mike Taylor. These are channeled through the Grand Master’s Blog. All our website posts and blog entries are automatically posted to our Grand Lodge Facebook Page and Grand Lodge Twitter Accounts.

We have also been contacted by a Brother who is interested in providing various Masonic related quizzes that will be tailored for our Jurisdiction. We plan to begin working with him soon to test the possibility of adding a section to our website for this purpose.

In closing, I hope this message will assist you with learning about some of the many features our website has for each of you.

Joel Bryant
Committee on Internet and Information Systems
Grand Lodge F & A M of Alabama

Notice of Illegitimate Email (Phishing SPAM)

Brethren, The Grand Secretary has asked that we pass this on. Someone has been emailing certain users posing to be the Grand Master, soliciting donations of gift cards.

This is a phishing attempt and should be treated as you would any other junk mail you might receive.

The particular email in question listed its contact name as Mike Taylor but was actually from “”

As with most things in our digital age, please be cautious in opening email form unknown senders or clicking links that might seem suspicious.

For more information or tips on how to stay safe online, view the FBI’s website for best practices:

Online Lodge Supply Orders

The Grand Lodge of Alabama now offers an electronic solution for our Lodge Secretaries to order supplies from our office. If you choose not to use our electronic method, you may download a traditional order form from the Grand lodge Member Database to print and mail in.

In order to view or order these items, you must request an account from the Internet Committee. We will review each request, and after verification through our Grand Lodge Member Database, we will grant access to Lodge Secretaries and designated Assistant Secretaries.

To request Access, please complete the following request form:

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