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

Irving Eugene Farmer, PGM 1947-1948

Irving Eugene Farmer, PGM 1947-1948

“Brother Farmer was born April 9, 1902 on a farm near Collinsville, Dekalb County, Alabama, the son of Eugene and Lucy Plukett Farmer. He was educated in the public schools of Dekalb County, Alabama. In 1926 he moved to Fort Payne where he established business connections and lived until his death.

On January 3, 1931, he married Miss Minda Ann Safford of Lebanon, Alabama. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Payne, Alabama.

Brother Farmer was a faithful and zealous worker in Masonry. He first entered Masonry in Van Buren Lodge No. 355 at Collinsville on December 28, 1923, passed January 11, 1924 and raised January 25, 1924. After having filled all the chairs, he served as Worshipful Master in 1927. Later he moved his membership to Fort Payne Lodge No. 437. He held membership in the York Rite Bodies, Eastern Star and Zamora Temple. For several years he served as District Lecturer, Member and Chairman of the Committee on Work. In 1942 he was elected Junior Grand Warden and being regularly advanced, in November 1947 he was elected Grand Master.

Bro. Farmer began a renewed consciousness in money matters for Masonry in Alabama, especially in his main project, the Endowment Fund. He took an inventory of the herd, livestock, and poultry at the 276 acre Masonic Home and strongly recommended a building expansion program.

As we share his loss with his wonderful Wife of 41 years, Minda, we are reminded that in the midst of life we are in death, and may we so live and act that we may be fittingly prepared to die when the hour of our departure is at hand thereby again meeting our loved ones in that “Beautiful Land Far Beyond the Sky”.

Brother Farmer was a man of genial disposition, he loved and enjoyed the company of his brethren and was always ready to give his time, energy and ability to serve our fraternity and humanity. He exhibited a genuine love for Masonry, his fellow man and most especially our Masonic Home that was so dear to his heart. He will be greatly missed in the circles of Alabama Masonry. “