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2016-03-10

Masonic Lodge honors Becker

by Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Photo by Gail Joiner
From left, Masonic Lodge Worshipful Master Robert Webb presented Phil Becker with a certificate of appreciation for “loyalty and dedication to Bandera Masonic Lodge No. 1123” for over 50 years.


Phil Becker of Tarpley recently received a certificate of appreciation for “loyalty and dedication to Bandera Masonic Lodge No. 1123” for his many years of service. Current Worshipful Master Robert Webb presented Becker with the commemoration.
During his more than 50 years of membership, Becker served as Lodge 1123 Past Worshipful Master in 1969 and 1970, as well as Past District Deputy. He was also finance chairman and building chairman of the Lodge.
In fact, Becker was serving as building chairman on August 2, 1978, when an epic flood throughout the area completely destroyed the Lodge. “Being a contractor in San Antonio at that time, I knew a lot of people,” Becker recalled. “I also knew how to organize people and get the job done.” “The job” to which he referred was the complete rebuilding of Masonic Lodge No. 1123.
Fortuitously, cinder blocks and steel for the new building were donated and lumber from the old building was salvaged. That repurposed wood was used in the interior of the new building.
“By working together, we were able to set the cornerstones of the new building, located on Highway 173 South, in November 1978,” Becker said.
He remains self-effacing about the influence he has had over the last five decades. Of his latest honor, Becker simply said, “I’ve been very active in the Lodge and involved in a lot of projects, but we all were.”