|Mourners Gather outside the Mason County Courthouse|
Jerry K. Lingle March 25, 1954 - Aug. 19,2011
Jerry and I logged tens of thousands of miles crisscrossing this State. As a leader in the State as a Freemason he made a difference. Right Worshipful Jerry Lingle, as his fraternal brothers knew him, was always urged to speak at meetings. Okay it did not take much urging. In public speaking across the State and across the Sound sometimes he would repeat the same story. You should repeat the really good ones. I have taken the liberty of rewriting and retelling that story today.
The Starfish Story
There was a young man walking down a deserted beach just before dawn.
In the distance he saw wide shouldered man.
As he young man got closer, he saw the vacationer picking up stranded
starfish and throwing them back into the sea.
The young man gazed in wonder as the tattooed man again and again threw
the small starfish from the sand to the water.
He asked, "Hey Mister, why do you spend so much energy doing what seems
to be an impossibility and a waste of time."
The baldheaded man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun.
"But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish!" exclaimed the young man. "How can you make any difference?"
Jerry looked at the small starfish in his hand and as he threw it to the
safety of the sea, he said, "It sure makes a difference to this one!".
There are a lot of us "starfish" that Jerry threw back to safety. Thank
you my Brother, a pleasure knowing you, and I am better off for knowing
and loving you.
Fred W. Corbett
Union City Masonic Lodge #27
The memorial held on Tuesday August 30th 2011, was very touching, speakers included fellow county commissioners and co-workers.
|Judge Meadows speaking|
|Senator Sheldon Speaking|