Charles L. Younger, 92, of Culpeper, Virginia recently received a certificate for 50 years of membership in the Masonic Fraternity. The certificate was issued by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Virginia and presented to him on Nov. 14.
The Right Worshipful Michael M. Matei, Deputy District Grand Master of the 7th Masonic District officiated at the ceremony. Prior to the presentation a dinner was held at Fairfax Lodge #43 A.F. & A.M. of Culpeper.
Mr. Younger and his wife, Louise, are both natives of Culpeper. They have two children, Patricia, who lives in Locust Grove, and Pamela, of Port Townsend, Wa. Mr. and Mrs. Younger lived in Oxen Hill, Md. for 30 years while he was employed by the federal government at Andrews Air Force Base.
It was while living in Maryland that Mr. Younger petitioned to become a Freemason at Camp Springs Lodge #227 in 1963. He became interested in the fraternity while working in Maryland and speaking to a coworker about it. Mr. Younger was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on November 5, 1963. After retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Younger moved back to Culpeper, where they have lived for the past 26 years.
Mr. Younger cites his trust in God and belief in Jesus as the most sacred points of his faith and because of this; he remarked that he has never been alone. While talking with Mr. Younger, it was most comforting to see a man so deeply rooted in his faith and in the fraternity, that he keeps a Masonic Holy Bible at his side. The Bible, given to him in 1963, is rather worn on its cover and pages earmarked, is a testament to this.
On behalf of Will Adams, Worshipful Master, Fairfax Lodge #43, and all brothers thereof, we congratulate you, brother Charles Lewis Younger, for a job well done and on your ongoing support to Freemasonry.