St. David’s Lodge makes history
The St. David’s Lodge #72 AFM in Darlington made Masonic history on February 2, 2016 by putting a Lewis degree on Jayce Tailor Hardee, age 6 months. A Lewis degree is a ceremony for a Masonic Lodge to “adopt” the infant son of a Brother Mason in the hope that when the child reaches the age of 18 years he will become a Master Mason and follow in the footsteps of his father.
The Lewis Degree has never been done in Darlington, and this is the first time in St. David’s Masonic history (1849) that a father and son have both served as Masters of the Lodge, which makes the Lewis Degree for the baby boy so significant. The young candidate for this degree is the nephew of the Master of the Lodge, WB Sandy Hardee; the father of the child is the Master’s brother, Templin Hardee; the grandfather of the child is the Past Master of the Lodge, J. Todd Hardee.
Taking the Obligation for the Candidate was his father Templin Hardee, and the two grandfathers J. Todd Hardee, PM, and Brother Darwin Seago, father of the candidate’s mother, Jennifer Seago Hardee.
Also in attendance were his mother, grandmothers, great-grandparents, and family and friends of the Hardee and Seagon family.