Passing of MIC Kenneth E. Dyer, 1942-2021

Right Puissant Companion Kenneth Eccles Dyer
Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of Mississippi
April 6, 1942 – January 28, 2021

MIC Kenneth Eccles Dyer
MIC Kenneth E. Dyer
PMIGM of Mississippi

From the Grand Council of Mississippi:

Brethren, on the morning of January 28, 2021, we have been informed of the passing of Past Grand Master Kenneth Eccles Dyer, and his lovely Lady, Gloria, earlier this morning. Details are currently vague, but Brother Dyer collapsed and, upon him being pronounced deceased, his Lady followed him home.

Ken is a Brother whose influence and offices in Freemasonry run so deep that it would take several pages to inform you of all of his service and accolades through the years. Here are just a few highlights. Most Worshipful Brother Ken Dyer served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi, F. & A. M. in 2013-2014. He was currently serving as the Chairman of both the Finance & Printing and Perpetual Membership Committees. He also served on the Board of Directors for the GL of MS Foundation.

Companion Dyer served as Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Mississippi in 2011, and as Illustrious Grand Master of Royal and Select Masters of Mississippi in 2002. Sir Knight Dyer served as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Mississippi in 2005.    Companion Dyer also served as Regional Deputy General Grand High Priest from 2017-2020 and Regional Deputy General Grand Master from 2014-2017 for the Southeast Region.

It is certainly not our intent to leave anything out. Brother Dyer was particularly heavily involved with York Rite Freemasonry, including offices within the General Grand bodies, and I trust many others will be able to share stories of his laudable work.

“He who trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is, shall be as a tree planted by the waters and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and suffereth not when the hot days come, but her leaf shall continue green; neither shall be consumed in the year of drought, neither shall cease from bearing fruit.”

Details on arrangements are not yet known.



Kenneth Eccles Dyer, 78, and Gloria Joyce Dyer, 81 of Columbus, MS passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021, at their residence. After a lifetime of being together on this earth, they left to be together forever within an hour and fifteen minutes of each other. This is a testament to their 60 + year commitment of love and epitomizes their marriage vows till death do they part.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 1:00 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS with Bro. Byron Benson officiating.

Mr. Dyer was born April 6, 1942, in Whitewater, MO to the late Elwin and Addie Cappella Dyer. He received his bachelor’s degree in Math from Southeastern Louisana University. Mr. Dyer retired from Weyerhaeuser Co after 26 years as the Safety Traning Manager. He was currently employed with East Mississippi Community College as Technical Training and Instructor. Mr. Dyer was a member of Masonic Grand Lodge of Mississippi, Knights Templer of Mississippi, Shriners of Mississippi, Yorkrites of Mississippi, and Scottishrites of Mississippi. He was an umpire and called games during the 1980 Little League World Series as well as with the Southeastern Conference – Mississippi State Baseball from 1985 – 1989. Mr. Dyer was a member of East End Baptist Church.

Mrs. Dyer was born September 27, 1939, to the late Willie and Florence Reid Rushing in New Orleans, LA. She was a member of the Eastern Star of Mississippi and East End Baptist Church. Mrs. Dyer worked as a teacher for several years and at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS as a switchboard operator from 2006 – 2010. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dyer was preceded in death by her 2 sisters – Gladys Rushing and Gwen Baker.

They were preceded in death by their daughter – Ginger Rogers; 2 grandchildren – Jeremy Rogers and Rueben Rogers and 2 great-grandchildren – Caleb Bankston and Chase Bankston.

Mr. & Mrs. Dyer were survived by their daughters – Gina Dyer, Greta Miller, Gidget Dyer, Gawain McGuff; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; Mr. Dyer’s – brother – Keith Dyer and sisters – Karen Tullier and Karolyn Featherston and Mrs. Dyer’s sister – Glenda Holliday.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the Masonic Grand Lodge of MS, Knights Templar of MS. Shriners of MS, Yorkrites of MS, Scottishrites of MS, Eastern Star of MS, and students of EMCC Systems Based Automation and Control Program.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.