“Duncan C. Carmichael” was born on a farm near Dillon, S. C. July 26, 1860, to Neil C. Carmichael and Martha Jane (McCallum) Carmichael, of Scotch Presbyterian ancestry. He was educated in the schools of the community and the Laurinburg High School of Laurinburg, N. C. Afterwards he taught a short time in the public schools of his native county and then moved to Escambia County, Alabama, where he engaged in the turpentine business. In the fall of 1888 he moved from Williams Station, now Atmore Alabama, to Rochelle, Georgia, and continued in the turpentine business for eight years. In 1897 he moved to Dothan, Alabama and continued there in the turpentine as well as various other businesses. He was married in Columbus, Georgia, on January 23, 1895 to Miss Idalu Simmons.
He was initiated in Rochelle Lodge No. 190 of Rochelle, Georgia, on Aug. 9, 1890, passed Sept. 12, 1890 and raised Oct. 11, 1890. He demitted from this Lodge June 9, 1900, affiliated with Dothan Lodge No. 466, of Dothan, Alabama on July 14, 1900 but demitted from this Lodge on Sept. 8, 1906 to become a charter member and the first Worshipful Master of Pythagoras Lodge No. 659, of Dothan, Alabama. In the Grand Lodge of Alabama he was elected Junior Grand Warden on Dec. 6, 1917, was regularly advanced and on Dec. 6, 1923, was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master, to which exalted office he was again elected on Dec. 4, 1924. He was a member of the Masonic Home Comm. That located the Home in Montgomery, was one of four that composed the Building Committee and was on the Board of Control.
He received the Capitular degree in Wells Chapter No. 42, of Americus, Georgia as follows: Mark Master, Oct. 6, 1891; Past Master Oct. 22, 1891; Most Excellent Master Oct. 22, 1891, and Royal Arch, November 11, 1891. He demitted from this Chapter and became a charter member of Dothan Chapter No. 113, of Dothan, Alabama, serving the Chapter as High Priest in 1904 and 1905. He received the Cryptic degrees in Montgomery Council No. 3 of Montgomery, Alabama on December 6, 1909. He demitted from this Council on June 20, 1913, and became a charter member of Dothan Council No. 68 of Dothan, Alabama, serving this Council as thrice Illustrious Master during the years 1922 and 1923. He received the Orders of Knighthood in DeMolay Commandery No. 5, of Americus, Georgia, as follows: Order of Red cross, December 22, 1891, and Orders of Temple and
Malta, February 9, 1892, and demitted from this Commandery to become a charter member and the first Eminent Commander of Dothan Commandery No. 25, of Dothan, Alabama, serving as such from 1907 to 1911. He was elected Grand Warden of the Grand Commandery on May 12, 1910, was regularly advanced, and on April 24, 1918, was elected Grand Commander.
He was a man of great sterling worth and business ability, distinguished for his solid common sense, fine understanding and good judgment, and loved by all that knew him for his kind and tender heart, open-handed generosity and staunchness and loyalty to his friends and principles.
Duncan C. Carmichael passed away in Dothan, Alabama April 27, 1937.”
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