Most Excellent Grand High Priest

A tremendous loss for our masonry occurs when an companion releases his mortal coil and enters that house not made with hands. It is with great sadness that we issue the following report.

G.H.P. Farris Layne Benham
Most Excellent Grand High Priest

GHP Year: 1988 - 1989
Home Chapter: Sam J. Helm No. 445
Birth Date: December 7, 1929
Death Date: July 12, 2012


Farris Layne Benham AGE: 82 DATE OF BIRTH: December 7, 1929 DATE OF DEATH: July 12, 2012 SERVICES: 2:00PM Monday July 16, 2012 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cemetery Odessa, Texas. Visitation 5-7pm Sunday July 15, 2012 at LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Coulter Road Chapel. BURIAL Sunset Cemetery Odessa, Texas BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Benham left home at the age of 16 to be an oil field roustabout and at 19 he was a driller. He attended commercial business school and in 1953, Farris joined the Texas Prudential Insurance Company and became a District Manager. In 1963, Farris started Benham Natural Gas Services in Odessa. He moved his business to Amarillo, in 2000, and continued to work until 2010, when his failing health forced him to retire. In 1968, Farris was raised a Master Mason in Odessa Lodge No. 955, A.F. & A.M. He served as Worshipful Master in 1971 – 1972, and was District Deputy Grand Master in 1981 – 1982. He served as Regional Coordinator in 1982 – 1985, and 1987. He was elected Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter in 1989. In 1995, Farris served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas and was Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters in 2000. He served on the board of the Texas Masonic Retirement Center, in Arlington, for 28 years and served as treasurer. PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: He was preceded in death by a brother, Troy Benham, a sister, Opheliah Potter SURVIVORS: His wife, Betty of Amarillo, a daughter, Patty Needham and husband Jerry of Georgia. 3 son’s, Ronnie Acton and wife Deborah of El Paso, Bruce Benham and wife Linda , and Stanley Benham and wife Vicki of Odessa. A step-daughter, Joni Isaak, of Amarillo, a stepson, Lyndy Phillips and wife Angie of Bedford. A sister, Rhonda Williamson and husband Tim of Grandbury, and a brother, Don Benham of Odessa. 6 grandchildren and 8 great- grandchildren.