Most Excellent Grand High Priest
|Biography: Companion E. Frank Smith was born at Ferris, Texas, on October 27, 1910, the son of Louis M. Smith and Maude Pearl Smith. He was educated in the Ferris Public Schools, graduating with the Class of 1929, and then attended Texas A.&M. College.
ON November 22, 1930, he was married to Catherine Wilcher of Ferris, Texas. They are the parents of two sons: Donald Wilcher Smith, born March 1, 1932, and Charles Malloy Smith, born August 13, 1934. Due to a heart attack, Donald passed away at his home on February 3, 1979. His widow, Jackie and their twin sons, Gary and Keith, live in Grapevine; and their sons Donald Coit and Troy Davis and their daughter, Catherine Donese Ringgold of Houston, are students at Texas A.&M. University. Charles and his children, Mark, Kelly, Jenny Sue and Becky Leigh, live in Channelview. The Smiths are members of Old River Terrace United Methodist Church in Channelview; and he served on the Board of Stewards for a number of years. He is an active member of civic organizations, the Lions Club, Rotary Club and Optimist Club.
Raised a Master Mason in C.A. Fortner Lodge No. 1304, A.F. & A.M. on November 22, 1952 and served as Worshipful Master in 1958-59. He is a Charter Member of Huffman Lodge No. 1428, A.F. & A.M., Huffman, Texas. Associate member of the Texas Lodge of Research. Served as District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 30-A in 1971. He holds a Life Certificate of proficiency in the Esoteric Work of the M:W: Grand Lodge of Texas.
Exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Goose Creek Chapter No. 408, Baytown, on January 22, 1954; demitted and became a Charter Member of Lloyd L. Gibson Chapter No. 481 on December 3, 1957; served as High Priest in 1959-60. He is a Charter and Dual Member of Donald W. Smith Chapter No. 493, Grapevine, Texas. Served as District Deputy Grand High Priest in 1969. Is the Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Western Australia near the Grand Chapter of Texas. He was elected Grand Scribe in 1976, passed through the Chairs and was elected and installed as Most Excellent Grand High Priest on December 11, 1979, and served in 1980.
Greeted in Goose Creek Council No. 339, R&SM, on January 22, 2954. Demitted and became a Charter Member of Lloyd L. Gibson Council No. 394 on December 3, 1957 and served as Thrice Illustrious Master in 1960-61. He is a Charter Member of Donald W. Smith Council No. 410 at Grapevine, Texas and is a Super Excellent Master. Served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth Cryptic District in 1966. He is the Grand Representative of the Grand Council of New Hampshire near the Grand Council of Texas.
Knighted in Kenedy Commandery No. 61, Baytown, Texas on February 28, 1957 and served as Commander in 1968-69. A Life sponsor of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation.
He is a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Houston, and is the Orator of the Houston Chapter of Rose Croix, Minster of State, Houston Consistory. He is the Degree Master in the Eighth Degree and a member of the Eleventh and Sixteenth Degree Team. Served as General Membership Chairman in 1974 and 1976. Invested Knight Commander Court of Honor in 1973; Coroneted Inspector General Honorary 33? in 1977.
Member of Arabia Shrine in Houston, and a member of the Past Masters Association; Member of Chinar Grotto M-O-V-P-E-R, Houston; A Life Member of the Order of High Priesthood; Order of the Silver Trowel; Texas York Rite College No. 14; Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests; Royal Order of Scotland; Life Member of the Knights of the York Cross of Honour. He is a Past President of the Gulf Coast York Rite Association; Member of the York Rite Esoteric Association, and is a Member of the Royal Order of the Duck.
Companion Smith served as Worthy Patron of Channelview Chapter No. 954, Order of the Eastern Star, in 1955-56 and in 1968-69. Mrs. Smith is a Past Matron of Channelview Chapter No. 954, serving in 1961-62. She is a member of Baytown Assembly No. 153, Social Order of the Beauceant. The Smiths’ have been very active in the affairs of the Order of Rainbow for Girls for the past twenty years, and both are members of the Grand Cross of Color. Companion Smith has been an ardent worker in DeMolay and was invested with the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor in 1978.