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  • Alva Knox Gillis, Sr. (1904 - 1985)
    GILLIS – Alva K. Gillis, Sr. passed away June 13, 1985. He was born in Knox Hill, Walton County, Fla., January 12, 1904, but had resided in Jacksonville, Fla. since 1923. He received a Bachelor of Law ...
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    Herbert Wilson Young (1924 - 2001)
    Services for Herbert Wilson Young will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Pisgah Baptist Church, Forest Hill, with the Rev. Billy Sutton officiating. Masonic graveside services conducted by Worshipful Master Robe...
  • Bruce Alan Pounder (1946 - 1988)
    Bruce Alan "Noah" Pounder, 41, died August 8, 1988 of injuries sustained in a plane crash with his wife, Katy.Born August 29, 1946 in El Campo, Texas, a son of Alvin L and Doris Dean Pounder. He marrie...
  • Ray Charles Shupe, Jr (1930 - 2003)
    FLORENCE - Ray C. Shupe, Jr., 72, of 1331 Wisteria Drive, died Friday, May 16, 2003 at his residence after an illness. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 19, 2003 at Central United Methodi...
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    Lawrence LaVerne Bowyer (1921 - 2008)
    ******************************** Published Chanute, KS - June 5, 2008Lawrence L. Bowyer, 87, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at Sunset Manor Nursing Center, Frontenac, Kansas.He was born Jan. 21, 1921, i...

The York Rite or American Rite is one of several Rites of Freemasonry. A Rite is a series of progressive degrees that are conferred by various Masonic organizations or bodies, each of which operates under the control of its own central authority. The York Rite specifically is a collection of separate Masonic Bodies and associated Degrees that would otherwise operate independently. The three primary bodies in the York Rite are the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Council of Royal & Select Masters or Council of Cryptic Masons, and the Commandery of Knights Templar, each of which are governed independently but are all considered to be a part of the York Rite. There are also other organizations that are considered to be directly associated with the York Rite, or require York Rite membership to join such as the York Rite Sovereign College but in general the York Rite is considered to be made up of the aforementioned three. The Rite's name is derived from the city of York, where, according to a Masonic legend, the first meetings of Masons in England took place, although only the lectures of the York Rite Sovereign College make reference to that legend.

The York Rite is one of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join to further his knowledge of Freemasonry. But the York Rite is not found as a single system worldwide, and outside of the York Rite there are often significant differences in ritual, as well as organization. However, in most cases, provided that the Grand Body in question regards the parent "Craft" jurisdiction as regular, each distinct Order has recognised fraternal inter-relations with the respective Grand Body within the York system.