Most Excellent Grand High Priest
|Biography: Companion Robert H. Waters was born in Honey Grove, Texas on May 11, 1929. He was educated in the Public Schools of Honey Grove, Texas, graduating from High School in 1946. He was active in all High School sports. He attended Paris Junior College, Southern Methodist University, North Texas State University, and Dallas Bible College. He served in the U.S. Navy, Pacific Theatre, 1946-1950. He has been an active Reservist since 1958. He received the First Reserve Seabee Brigade Certificate of Achievement in 1974; became the 22nd Reserve Seabee Battalion "Seabee of the Year" in 1975; and was the First Reserve Seabee Brigade "Seabee of the Year" in 1976.
Companion Waters and Minne Salazar of Bellville, Texas were married on August 10, 1949. They have two children: Jeffrey 23, and Tracey, 22. The Waters' are currently members of the First Baptist Church in Garland. Companion Waters served as a Sunday School Teacher and Sunday School Superintendent during the years of the 1950's and 1960's. Companion Waters' Civic Activities have been service with the Lions Club, Junior Chamber of Commerce, and Optimist Club where he served four years as Secretary, and the Garland Police Monitor. Mrs. Waters is active in the State DeMolay Mothers Club, having served as an Area Director; she is also active in civic affairs, having served on the City of Garland Bi-Centennial Steering Committee and the Community Development Service Area Committee. She is also a 25 year member of the Eastern Star and has been an active sponsor of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, having served as Mother Advisor.
Companion Waters has been employed as a Sales Representative for Shedd Food Products of Dallas, Texas, since 1957.
Raised a Master Mason in Honey Grove Lodge No. 164, A.F. & A.M. on March 27, 1951. Having a strong belief in local membership, his affiliation has been with Trinity Valley Lodge No. 1048, Anchor Lodge No. 424 and Sunset Lodge No. 1388, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1970. He currently holds membership in Sunset Lodge No. 1388, Corpus Christi, Texas and Dual in Garland Lodge No. 441, Garland, Texas. Served as District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 14-D during 1978-79.
Exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Garland Chapter No. 451, R.A.M. on October 7, 1954. Served as High Priest in 1960-61. Currently serving as Secretary. Holds dual membership with A.C. Garrett Chapter No. 420, Dallas, Texas. Companion Waters served as President of the Interim Board of Directors, Home for Aged Masons in 1977. He is the Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of India near the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas. He was elected to Grand Scribe in 1975, passed through the Chairs and was elected and installed as Most Excellent Grand High Priest, December 5, 1978, and served during the year 1979.
Greeted in A.C. Garrett Council No. 382, R.&S.M. on October 20, 1954. He affiliated as a dual member of Garland Council No. 118, R.&S.M., Garland, Texas and served as Thrice Illustrious Master in 1974. Served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Cryptic District 51-A in 1976-77. He is the Grand Representative of the Grand Council of New Jersey near the Grand Council of Texas.
Knighted in Alexander C. Garrett Commandery No. 103, K.T., Dallas, Texas on October 1, 1960. He was elected Sword Bearer of this Commandery in 1973, has been elected to the next station each year, and served as Commander during 1979. He served as District One Membership Chairman during 1977, 1978, and 1979.
He was made a Scottish Rite Mason in the Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies on March 4, 1972. He became a Shriner in Alzafar Shrine Temple, San Antonio, Texas in 1969; was a Charter Member of Al Amin Temple in Corpus Christi and currently holds membership in Hella Temple, Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the Order of High Priesthood; Order of the Silver Trowel; Super Excellent Master; Texas York Rite college No. 14; and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Companion Waters served as a DeMolay Advisor during the years 1958 through 1975 and was Chairman of the Advisory Council in Garland, Texas when Garland Chapter one the Texas Sweepstakes Awards in 1960. He was awarded the DeMolay Cross of Honor in 1963 and was invested with the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor in 1973.