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. Timothy M. La Vergne, Sr.
Most Excellent Grand High Priest

GHP Year: 2009 - 2010
Home Chapter: Bonham No. 52
Birth Date: June 21, 1957
Death Date: February 9, 2015

Obituary:

Captain Timothy Michael "Tim" La Vergne

(June 21, 1957 - February 9, 2015)

U.S. Veteran Funeral services for Captain Timothy Michael “Tim” La Vergne, Sr., 57, of Bonham, will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, 801 Star St., Bonham, Texas under the direction of Wise Funeral Home. Rev. Stuart P. Courtney and Rev. Dyan Dietz will officiate. Masonic graveside rites with military and police department honors will follow in Willow Wild Cemetery in Bonham, Texas. Tim passed away Monday morning, Feb. 9, 2015 at his residence. Tim was born June 21, 1957 in Glens Falls, New York to Phillip G. La Vergne and Joan Bennett La Vergne. He lived in Warrensburg, New York until moving to Dallas, Texas in 1981. Tim moved to Bonham, Texas in 1982. In 1975, Tim graduated from Warrensburg Central School and attended Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, NY, and in 1977 he graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Police Science. In 1979, he graduated from SUNY College of Technology at Utica/Rome, Utica, NY, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree in Criminal Justice. Tim enlisted with the National Guard in 1977 and attended and graduated from the U. S. Army Military Police School, Ft. McClellan, AL. He served with the 105th Military Police Company (NYARNG), Troy, NY, transferring to the 149th Military Policy Company (TXARNG), San Antonio, TX. He was honorably discharged in 1983 with the rank of Sergeant. Tim has been a Police Officer for over 35 years, having worked for the Saratoga Springs, NY Police Department, Lake George Village, NY Police Department, and Honey Grove, TX Police Department. Since Oct. 16, 1982, Tim has been employed by the Bonham Police Department, and held the rank of Captain. In 2007, the men and women of the Bonham PD proudly selected Tim as the Police Officer of the Year. Tim held a Master Peace Officer Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Tim was instrumental in implementing the county wide 9-1-1 system in 1990 and has been the County 9-1-1 Coordinator since the inception. He has also served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Bonham. He was known to go above and beyond the call of duty both to the police department and his community. Tim acted as a liaison for City of Bonham, coordinating the efforts of local agencies, churches and volunteers to provide shelter and meet the needs of the Hurricane Katrina evacuees. In 2006, Tim was awarded the Public Servant of the Year by the Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce. Tim was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on July 8, 1989 in Constantine Lodge No. 13, AF & AM and served as the 154th Worshipful Master in 1993-1994. Tim was exalted in Bonham Chapter No. 52, greeted in Bonham Council No. 37 and knighted in Denison Commandery No. 24, KT in April 1990. He received the Order of the Silver Trowell in 1993, the Cornerstone Award, the Golden Trowel Award and the Cryptic Triangle Award in 2002, and the Stephen F. Austin Pioneer Award in 2007. He also received the Commander’s Knights Templar Distinguished Service Medal-White Shield in 1999 and 2011, the Recorder’s Knights Templar Distinguished Service Medal in 2003 and 2006 to 2010, and the Excalibur Award in 2006. He was awarded the Knight Commander of the Temple in 2008 and received the Knight Crusader of the Cross Order in 2012. He was elected Right Illustrious Grand Principal Conductor of the Work in 2011 and Most Illustrious Grand Master in 2012. Tim became a member of the Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies in 1995 and was a member of the Grayson County Scottish Rite Club as well as a charter member of the Fannin County Scottish Rite Club. He was elected to the rank and decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 2009. Tim was an Honorary Member of the Grand Chapters of New York, Louisiana and Oklahoma and the Grand Councils of Louisiana and Oklahoma. Tim became a member of North Texas York Rite College No. 118 in 1996 and served as Governor in 2003, and was elected to receive the Order of the Purple Cross in 2005. He received from Convent General the Knight York Grand Cross of Honour with two quadrants on Oct. 9, 2012. He also received the Knight Commander of the Red Branch of Eri in 2011. In 2011 he was inducted into St. Austin Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine and appointed First Aide in 2013. In 2013 he was inducted into the Texas State Capitol Assemblage (Operatives), and the Royal Order of Scotland. Tim was an Endowed Member in the following Masonic Bodies: Constantine Lodge No. 13, Bonham Chapter No. 52, Bonham Council No. 37, Denison Commandery No. 24, Indivisible Friends Commandery No. 13, Dallas Scottish Rite, North Texas York Rite College No. 118, Rose of Sharon Council No. 49, and Royal Order of Scotland. He was the Webmaster for Constantine Lodge, Bonham York Rite Bodies, Denison Commandery, North Texas York Rite College, North Texas Priory, Rose of Sharon Council, Col. William B. Travis Council, Texas Priory, and Dallas Chapter & Council. In addition, Tim has been the Editor of the following newsletters from 2003-2008: The Masonic Informer-Constantine Lodge, the York Rite Journal-Bonham York Rite Bodies, and the Knights Templar Journal-Denison Commandery. He held numerous elected offices and was active in all the Masonic Bodies of which he was a member. Tim had a genuine love and appreciation for the Craft. Tim was preceded in death by his father, maternal grandparents, Ken and Ethel Bennett, and brother, Terry S. La Vergne. Tim is survived by two sons, Timothy La Vergne, II (Shaterra) and Tyler La Vergne (Sarah Leann), all of Bonham, Texas; stepson, Casie Partridge of Bonham, Texas; stepdaughters, Cathie Patton (Randy) and Crystal Hewett Caldwell, all of Bonham, Texas; mother, Joan Bennett of Patagonia, Arizona; brother, Todd La Vergne (Linda) of Summerville, South Carolina; sister, Michelle Randle (Bill) of Summerville, South Carolina; granddaughter, Teagan La Vergne; step Granddaughters, Kylie Hewett, Kelsey Hewett and Parker Patton Memorials may be made to Constantine Masonic Lodge No. 13, 517 N. Main St., Bonham, TX 75418 or the Bonham Police Officer’s Association, 301 E. 5th St., Bonham, TX 75418. The family will receive friends at Wise Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday night. Online guest register www.wisefuneralhome.com If Captain Timothy M. “Tim” La Vergne’s life could be summed up in a word – it would be service. Whether it be to his family, his profession, his community or the Masonic Bodies of which he was a dedicated member, he gave unselfishly 100%.