Obituary for W. Raymond Johnson Jr.

W. Raymond Johnson, Jr., lifelong, well respected member of the Carpenter community passed away peacefully at home Monday, August 28, 2017 at the age of 89. Mr. Johnson was born April 11, 1928 in Wake County to the late, William Raymond Johnson, Sr. and Pattie May Hobgood Johnson Askew. Raymond is survived by his wife of 65 years, Emma Johnson; son, William Johnson (Sherry) of Cary, NC; and daughter Melinda Massingale of Stanfield, NC. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Travis Johnson (Jenni), Candice Pepin (Dave), Adam Johnson (Rosanna), and Tyler Massingale; five great grandchildren: Abigail Johnson, Grace Johnson, Eli Johnson, Stella Pepin and Hattie Pepin. He was predeceased in death by his parents, his step-father, Herbert Askew, and four sisters, Rosa May Johnson, Esther Louise Johnson, Ruth Ellen Rowe and Grace Hobgood Land.

Mr. Johnson graduated from the original Green Hope High School in 1945 and attended NC State College. He was a WWII veteran serving in the military from 1946-1948 with the occupational forces and was stationed in Osaka, Japan. It was a privilege for him to be selected for the WWII Memorial Flight of Honor to Washington, D.C.

A successful and diversified farmer, Raymond primarily raised tobacco, but was also engaged in commercial egg production. He raised layer chickens and was contracted to Central Carolina Farmers Cooperative in Durham for the sale of eggs. He collaborated with NC State Extension Service and CP&L agricultural engineers to start on-farm feed processing. He owned and operated Johnson Feed Mill and in 1977, he retired from farming and was employed by Triangle Auto and Truck Repair until declining health at age 87.

Serving on the board of directors of the Tarheel Production Credit Association for 10 years, he was recognized by the Federal Intermediate Credit Bank of Columbia for his distinguished and unselfish service.

Prior to becoming housebound, he was an active member of Green Level Baptist Church and the W.C. Mills Sunday School Class. Through the years, he served as Sunday school teacher, Superintendent of Sunday school, Deacon, and Trustee of the church. He also served as leader of the RA’s.

Mr. Johnson, a 32nd degree mason, was a life member of Green Level Masonic Lodge #277, AF & AM in Cary, NC. He served as Master of the lodge in 1958. The Grand Lodge of AF & AM of North Carolina presented Mr. Johnson with a certificate of recognition of his 60 years as a Master Mason, December 31, 2009.

He was a charter member of Amran Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Raleigh, NC. As a Shriner, it was his pleasure to serve on the wrecking crew. He was also a Past Patron of Edith Chapter #160, Order of the Eastern Star, serving numerous positions on local and state levels over the course of 55 years of membership.

The family will receive friends at the home Thursday, August 31, 2017 from the hours 2-4 and 6-8. Services celebrating Mr. Johnson’s life will be held at Green Level Baptist Church, 8509 Green Level Church Rd., Cary, NC at 11:00amFriday, September 1, 2017. Reverend David Baker will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Masonic Rites.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.



Come out for delicious fish and help support two incredible charities.  The 35th Annual Fish Fry is here on September 30th from 11:00am to 7:00pm (or until sold out). The Green Level Baptist Church is gracious to allow us to use their pavilion in the back of the parking lot that we share with them.

Menu includes:

  • Our famously fried wild caught Whiting
  • Cole slaw
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Hushpuppies

If you’ve ever attended before, you know this is just not your average fried fish.  Come on out grab a dinner for everyone in the family.  You won’t regret it.


Our fish fry fund raiser is our main fundraising event to raise money for our two main charities.

The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford

Whitestone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community


It’s time for some Jiggin!

This weekend at the fairgrounds is the Annual Masonic Pig Jig which is part of the Got to Be NC 2016 Festival. A couple dozen lodges will be competing for the best BBQ. You can read more about it at http://www.carolinapigjig.com/

Brethren this event, which our lodge has taken part in since it’s inception in 2006, is one of the best times I’ve had in masonry. About 6 pm Friday we will start setting up our tents, etc. When that’s done our Team Leader WB Todd Hux will fire up the grill and cook up a smorgasbord of steaks, chicken, sausages, French fries, onion rings and who knows what else.

We will put the pig on the grill towards low twelve and guard it all night from cowans and eavesdroppers. At daybreak we start chopping and preparing for the 11 am opening.

Please come out if you can Friday night or Saturday morning.  And perhaps stay all night and help us through the trials and tribulations of the night. Help us avoid any vices or licentious habits and temptations of intemperance and excess.

WB Scott Cook, JW


If you’d like to help out your lodge, please consider donating the following household items:

  • Dish rags and towels
  • Pot holders
  • Large trash bags
  • Dish and hand soap
  • Foam plates and bowls
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Plastic cups
  • Serving tongs



January is starting off well with our new Worshipful Master of the Lodge, Rick Morrison.  As usual, our stated communications is Tuesday evening, January 5th @ 7:30, all Master Masons are welcome to attend.

At 6:30, Worshipful Brother Scott Cook and his family will be providing the fare for the evening’s dinner.  The menu items should include:

  • Home made Oyster Stew served in sourdough bread bowls
  • Potato and bacon soup
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Black eyed Peas
  • Crackers
  • Dessert

Certainly delicious choices for our recent cooler weather.

If you’re curious about the lodge, come on out and meet us for dinner.  If you are a Master Mason visiting the area, please feel free to drop by for food, fellowship and our stated communications.

The recommended donation for this evening’s meal is $8.


It’s that time of year again where we all come together as a community and support the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, NC and Whitestone by hosting our Annual Fish Fry.  Pre-sale tickets are $8 each and are available from any member of our lodge.  If you don’t know one, please e-mail us at greenlevel277@gmail.com to offer a donation or purchase pre-paid tickets.  These will be available through September 17th.

We share a parking lot with Green Level Baptist Church and our Fish Fry is held in their covered meeting area behind the church.  Drop by anytime between 11am and 7pm for some of the most delicious fish.