Junior Grand Warden

Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Florida

R∴W∴ Thomas (Tommy) L. Turlington, Jr., was born in Newport News, Virginia, on January 21, 1951. He attended public schools in Hampton, Virginia, where he graduated from Pembroke High School in 1970. Immediately following graduation, R∴W∴ Turlington started employment with Virginia Electric and Power Company where he worked many areas of the company from line crew to advancing to the Yorktown Power Plant where he started in the Operation’s Department as a High- Pressure Auxiliary Operator, was promoted to Assistant Control Room Operator, then to Control Room Operator, then to Assistant Shift Supervisor, and then was promoted to Shift Supervisor. During his twenty-five years with the company over seventeen years was in management.

In 1997 after retiring from the company R∴W∴ Turlington moved to Florida and began working for Halifax Medical Center in the Maintenance Department as a Plant Operator, and was promoted to Lead Mechanic. In 2001 R∴W∴ Turlington was offered a position with Halifax Health Hospice to manage and grow the organization’s Resale Shop Division. R∴W∴ Turlington was the only paid employee to manage the Resale Divison’s one store that was making $1,500 per month with a staff of 20 Volunteers. Within five years R∴W∴ Turlington was promoted to Operations Manager of the Resale Division Department and grew the department from one to five stores, with an increase of 250 Volunteers and 27 paid employees. The income of the five stores grew to over 2.5 million dollars in annual sales. He was employed for over nineteen years of which he was in management for over ten of those years. He retired on April 1, 2016.

R∴W∴ Turlington and his lovely wife Sandy have been married for 33 years and have three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

R∴W∴ Turlington received the Three Symbolic Degrees of Freemasonry as a member of Botetourt Lodge No. 7, A.F.&A.M., in Gloucester, Virginia, in 1988, where he served as Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1993 and 1995. R∴W∴ Turlington was a member of Urbanna Royal Arch Chapter No. 59, where he served as Excellent High Priest in 1995 and received his Anointed High Priest and Trice Illustrious Master in 1995. He became a member of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry at the Valley of Newport News, Orient of Virginia, in 1991 and served as District 11 Blood Coordinator Committeeman from 1990 thru 1993.

R∴W∴ Turlington in 2007 became a member at Landmark Lodge No. 383, F.& A.M., where he served as Worshipful Master in 2011. In 2012 he transferred his membership from Landmark Lodge No. 383 to Sanford Lodge No. 62. He served as District 16 Masonic Leadership Training Committeeman 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he was appointed Zone 5 Masonic Leadership Training Committee Chairman by M∴W∴ Jorge L. Aladro; in 2013 he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the former 16th Masonic District by M∴W∴ Danny R. Griffith; in 2014 he was appointed District Instructor of former 16th Masonic District by M∴W∴ James W. Ford, and in 2015 was appointed W∴ Grand Marshal by M∴W∴ Steven P. Boring. R∴W∴ Turlington was appointed as the Grand Representative to The Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island (Canada) for The Grand Lodge of Florida in 2016.

R∴W∴ Turlington is a member of the following Appendant Bodies: Deltona Chapter No. 326, Order of Eastern Star, (Past Worthy Patron 2011 and 2012); Shriners International, Bahia Shriners; Sanford York Rite Bodies, Monroe Chapter No. 15, Sanford Council No.20, and Taylor Commandry where he served as Eminent Commander 2016 and then he received the Knight Crusaders of the Cross Degree in 2017; a member of Knight Masons, Space Coast Council No. 32; a member of Grand Council Allied Masonic Degrees Council No. 423; he became a member of the King Solomon Chapter Order of DeMolay in 2017; a member the Scottish Rite Valley Of Orlando; and a member the Zangi Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R. Grottoes of North America.

R∴W∴ Turlington was elected to the Office of Junior Grand Warden on May 29, 2017, at the 188th Annual Grand Communication.

R∴W∴ Turlington, in his spare time, enjoys playing golf, going on cruises, going to theme parks, camping, and shooting firearms.

My Brothers,

Thank you for the honor of being elected as your Junior Grand Warden. To say this past year has been one of the most rewarding of my Masonic career would be an understatement.

As I have traveled throughout the state it has been a privilege to have the opportunity to meet so many Brothers, listen to ideas, and to discuss their concerns as we all work together to move our great Fraternity forward.

Let each of us be forever mindful that the prosperity and value of our Brotherhood is at stake. Over the past few decades our membership has continuously been declining. To stop the decline, it will take a full committed team effect. Too few of our fellow citizens really have a clear understanding of what Freemasonry is all about.

So, my Brothers, lets educate our communities and citizens about our great Fraternity, because if we do this together, I believe we can change the decline and many good men will want to become a part of our great Fraternity.

Fraternally yours,

R∴W∴ Thomas L. Turlington, Jr.
Junior Grand Warden