Curry Cooper, Wayne Wellborn and Andrew Brasfield became Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus on Saturday, February 17, 2007 when they went through the Fourth Degree Exemplification ceremony at Our Lady of the Valley Church.
The three members of Council 10567 were among 48 Knights who earned the title of "Worthy Sir Knight" at the exemplification. They will now be members of Bishop Joseph A. Durick Fourth Degree Assembly 2399.
The ceremony, which was done in honor of longtime Knight and current State Warden Pete Parrish, was followed by Mass and a banquet that night. The Fourth Degree is the degree of Patriotism for Knights of Columbus and is added to their first three degrees of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.
Attending the banquet were Curry Cooper and his wife Fran; Wayne Wellborn and his wife Margaret; and Andrew Brasfield and his wife Jana. Accompanying the Knights on their journey and also attending the banquet were Louis J. Muro and his wife Brenda; Gaeton Conte; and Joseph Conte.
The ceremony was especially meaningful for new Sir Knight Wayne Wellborn. Wayne wore the tuxedo that deceased Brother Knight Cruz Wathen wore for his Fourth Degree Exemplification on February 26, 2005.Wayne and Cruz were not only Brother Knights but also fellow parishioners at St. Stanislaus parish in Wylam.
Sir Knight Mike Renda served as Master of Ceremonies at the banquet. After the posting of the colors, national anthem, pledge of allegiance and invocation by Father Ray Dunmyer, some 175 Sir Knights and guests enjoyed great food and fellowship.
Master of Alabama Skip Gentle then presented the Fourth Degree certificates to the new Sir Knights. After remarks by Vice Supreme Master Michael Horton, the banquet closed with a blessing by Father Dunmyer and the singing of "God Bless America".
Click on the more pictures link above to view a full array of photos from the event. If you are interested in joining the Knights of Columbus, just contact any Knight and they will give you a form to fill out. Prospective Knights must be a practicing Catholic and at least 18 years of age.