Most Illustrious Past Grand Master of Cryptic Masons in Tennessee, 1984
Ralph Howard Fletcher was born on December 3, 1923 in Elizabethton, Tennessee, the son of Andy J and Mary L Nave Fletcher. He was educated in the public schools of Carter County and is employed in the Quality Assurance Division of International Telephone and Telegraph.
Companion Fletcher was married on August 1, 1946 to Virginia Lee Davis. They have one daughter, Mrs. Stevan (Charlotte) Richardson, and one grand-daughter, Dena Michelle Richardson.
He is a member of Oak Street Baptist Church in Elizabethton, where he serves as Deacon.
Brother Fletcher was Raised on April 25, 1952 in Dashiell Lodge #238 in Elizabethton and served as Worshipful Master in 1968.
Companion Fletcher was Exalted in R.D. Keller Chapter #214 in Elizabethton on September 25, 1954 and served as Excellent High Priest in 1960 and has served as Secretary since 1975. He received the Order of High Priesthood in Nashville on March 21, 1960 and served the Grand Chapter of Tennessee as Grand Master of the Second Veil in 1967.
He was Greeted in B.E. Wooten Council #119 in Elizabethton on October 1, 1954 and served as Illustrious Master in 1961 and has served as Recorder since 1975. He received the Order of the Silver Trowel in Nashville on March 20, 1961.
Sir Knight Fletcher was Knighted in Carter Commandery #37 in Elizabethton on November 29, 1959 and served as Eminent Commander in 1967, 1968, and has served as Recorder since 1974. He served the Grand Commandery of Tennessee as Grand Sword Bearer in 1982.
He was Inducted a Knight of York Cross of Honour on March 25, 1969 in Nashville.
He is a member of the Knoxville Scottish Rite Bodies where he received the degrees in 1969. He was made a member of the Shrine in Kerbela Shrine Temple in Knoxville in 1962 and is a Charter Member of Jericho Shrine Temple in Kingsport.
Companion Fletcher also holds memberships in the Upper East Tennessee York Rite Association, of which he is a Past President, Charles Newton Bush Past Master’s Association, the Carter County Scottish Rite Club, and the Elizabethton Shrine Club.
He was Elected as Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Mason’s of Tennessee in 1983, and advance to Most Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Mason’s in Tennessee on March 26, 1984.