MW Jamie Smith was born June 28, 1941, in Chickasha, Oklahoma to Arthur Lindsey and Stella Lee (Wade) Smith. After graduating from Ozark High School (now Carroll High) in 1959, Bro. Jamie attended Troy State Teachers’ College for a short time before going to work with various contractors at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. He finished his college career in 1974, graduating from Troy State University and being named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Bro. Jamie retired from Ft. Rucker contract work in 2004.
Brother Jamie married Betty (McFadden) Smith on November 6, 1965, after which Betty returned to school to finish her college education. She taught special education in the public schools for 35 years, retiring in 2003. They have three children: Leslie, Brian, and Jason. They also have two grandchildren with a third expected in March 2007.
Brother Jamie is a member of First United Methodist Church in Ozark where he serves on the Administrative Board, a member of the Men’s Club, and a sound system operator. He has also participated in Make-a-Difference projects.
Brother Jamie is a member of Claybank Lodge No. 908, in Ozark and Harmony Lodge No. 46 in Eufaula. He was initiated an Entered Apprentice at Claybank on October 25, 1971, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on November 22, 1971, and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on December 13, 1971. He served his lodge as Worshipful Master in 1975-76. He is a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Dothan, and the Dothan York Rite Bodies. He was invested a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 1995, and received the 33rd degree in 1999. In 2003, he was elevated to the rank of Knight of the York Cross of Honor.
Brother Jamie was elected to the office of Junior Grand Warden in 2003. He progressed through the Grand line and was installed Grand Master of Free and Accepted Masons of the state of Alabama on November 22, 2006.