James Alfred Hafner was born in Charlotte,
Tennessee on November 15, 1936, the son of John and Virginia Hafner. He was
educated in the public schools of Dickson County, Tennessee. He is a veteran
of the United States Army, having served as a Morse Intercept Operator with
the Army Security Agency in Okinawa and Taiwan. He retired from Aladdin Industries
in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 1, 1999 after 33 years service, where he
held several management positions.
Jim is married to the former Sara Malone of
Pulaski, Tennessee. They have two sons, Jerry and Billy, and three granddaughters
and three grandsons.
Brother Hafner was raised a Master Mason on
May 27, 1967 in McWhirtersville Lodge No. 375. He served as Worshipful Master
in 1974 and has served for over 20 years as Trustee. He served as Grand Steward
of the Grand Lodge in 1979.
Companion Hafner was exalted a Royal Arch
Mason in Donelson Chapter No. 234 on June 27, 1967. He served as Excellent
High Priest in 1976, 2001, and 2002 and received the Order of High Priesthood
in March 1976. He served as a member of the Grand Chapter Ritual Committee
from March 1984 until March 1994, serving as Chairman in 1993. During most
of those years as a member of the Ritual Committee, he conducted the Chapter
schools of instruction for the Middle Tennessee area. He served as Grand
Royal Arch Captain of the Grand Chapter in 1999, and is presently Grand Representative
to the Grand Chapter of Argentina, near the Grand Chapter of Tennessee.
Companion Hafner was greeted in Nashville
Council No. 1 on August 26, 1967, served as Illustrious Master in 1982, and
received the Order of the Silver Trowel in March 1982. He is presently serving
as Treasurer of Nashville Council. He served as Grand Instructor for District
No. 2 in 2002 and 2003. He is presently serving as an officer for The Tennessee
Council of Anointed Kings.
Sir Knight Hafner was knighted in Nashville
Commandery No. 1 on September 9, 1967, served as Eminent Commander in 1983,
and received the Knight Crusader of the Cross on April 24, 1987. He is presently
serving as Treasurer of Nashville Commandery. He served as Grand Sentinel
of the Grand Commandery in 2001.
Sir Knight Hafner is a member of Tennessee Priory No. 15 Knights
of the York Cross of Honor; Life Member Middle Tennessee York Rite
Association; an Officer of Middle Tennessee York Rite College No.
143, receiving the Order of Purple Cross in 2003; Royal Order of Scotland;
an Officer of Old Hickory Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, an Officer
of Arch E. McClanahan Council No. 358 Allied Masonic Degrees; Tennessee
College Masonic Societas Rosiccuciana in Cibitatibus Foederatis; Tennessee
Lodge of Research; Nashville Scottish Rite Bodies; Life Member of
Al Menah Shrine Temple, and Ezra Council No. 89, Knight Masons.
In the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar
of Tennessee, Sir Knight Hafner was elected Eminent Grand Captain General
on May 3, 2003. He has advanced each year, and was elected Right Eminent
Grand Commander on May 6, 2006.